Marieke Voorsluijs is a self-proclaimed "textiles enthusiast" who runs the knitting store Club Geluk in Amsterdam. Voorsluijs is also a mother of two sons, one of which now has a life-size textile twin thanks to his mother's crafty skills.
Voorsluijs wrote on Bored Panda that "[her] son is reaching puberty. We used to cuddle all the time, but those days are becoming scarce." This was the impetus behind the project.
We laugh a lot about the stretching gap between his needs and mine. Him needing more of his own space and my covert needs to keep on smotering him with maternal love. I am a textiles designer and he often helps me and has great creative ideas. So we started to fantasize how we could visualize this puberty gap. So i suggested to make a cuddly version of him!
No doubt he was overjoyed about his doppelgänger, which comes complete with an angsty sweater. And he can stand up perfectly straight, which is impressive for a teenager.
Voorsluijs added that she and her real son "had great fun making it," though her son wasn't involved in every step. "[D]uring the process i was able to cuddly with him without him even knowing it," she wrote.
Despite the goal of creating a son who is always down for cuddles, which could be construed as strange, the knit doll doesn't appear to be that happy posing with his mom.
That face has "Don't touch me, Mom!" all over it, making it perhaps even more authentic than Voorsluijs intended.
Seriously, this doll looks like a human wearing a mask. Knitting is supposed to be the hobby of coziness, not nightmare-inducing (albeit very impressive) dolls.