Stress bunnies

06Apr14

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You know when you have a lot on your mind and you can’t sit idle but you can’t concentrate on anything either? That’s when simple patterns really come in to their own. Just basic counting, with the odd ‘knit 2 together’ or something every now and again. I made one of these last weekend for a gift, another because I wanted to check the previous one wasn’t a fluke and another three to keep me busy in-between dealing with work-related phonecalls and emails.

I wont go in to the gory details but I am about to start a new contract… for a variety of reasons its been delayed several times, and thus I’m not working, but I’m not on holiday either. I need to be available to answer calls and emails, and perhaps have meetings, and so I can neither relax, nor work (nor make any money!). Its been a bit of a frustrating time. Last week was particularly frustrating and so while I couldn’t do nothing I couldn’t quite face starting something new either.

bunnies

I found some odds and ends of wool that needed using up. I have to say that it’s a lot easier making these in soft wool than it is in cotton. It’s also a lot easier to stitch them together. Making so many arms and legs also gave me a chance to improve my i-cord knitting too.

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I knitted them all flat and mattress-stitched them together, except for the one above. I knitted her in the round on DPNs. Can’t decide it it was better or worse really… Much more fiddly, but perhaps a neater finish? Its also a little harder to sew the face as you’re stitching into a tube. I think I’d say it depends on your attitude to DPNs – if you hate them its definitely not worth it!

dress
I do love making the dresses though. They’re so simple but so detailed – the arm holes, the tiny button/loop and any kind of decoration you fancy.

The blue bunnies are made in the weirdest colour wool. I think on a good day you’d call it ‘duck egg’. On a bad day you’d call it ‘grubby’. If it’s next to something *really* white then you can see that it’s quite a nice pale blue. If its next to any other colour at all, it just looks like it was probably a nice colour once, but it’s got really dirty since. I’m not sure why I bought it – must’ve been one of the rare times when it really did look duck egg.

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As promised, this is the finished iphone case – I said I’d blog it good or bad. In the end it’s turned out somewhere in the middle. Its not great looking, but its not awful either. It is exactly the right size though (luck, not design), and it’s quite dense fabric so works quite well. Its a basic Rowan 4 ply on 2.75 needles, so it’s quite thick. I finished it off with Kitchener Stitch – not particularly well, but that’s partly because I kept confusing myself. I think this video tutorial is really good – despite my general cackhandedness. Another plus – I’ve used up even more of the weird colour wool.

Again, if you want to make bunnies of your own, this is the pattern.

Hope you’ve all had great weekends. See you soon!

PS: Do any of you have any patterns you go to over n’ over? I tatt Mary Konior’s posy pattern on repeat quite a lot, and of course crochet the monkeys – but they’re just good gifts, rather then stress-busters…

 

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15 Responses to “Stress bunnies”

  1. love your stress bunnies 🙂 I am tempted to crochet them 🙂

  2. 3 Leeanne Boyd

    You are just straight amazing!!!

  3. 5 Mica

    I am sorry to hear you are stressed out over work. At least you’re getting cute little bunnies out of them! Good luck with your contract once it starts.

  4. Work, does that but at the very least you get something beautiful created. I do the same thing when I’m stuck in limbo where I make things.

  5. As I’ve now seen the iPhone case in the flesh, erm yarn, I think it looks fine. It fits really nicely and looks like it’ll do the job. Don’t be so hard on yourself.

    And I think the bunnies and the dresses, again now seen in reality, are really totally super cute.

    • Actually, having used the iPhone case I’ve decided I really like it. It’s very dense fabric, so functions really well, and as I mentioned, I kinda like having a bit of knitted something in my bag full of work stuff. Nice reminder that work isn’t everything. I can cope with the fact it’s not the best knitting ever-ever 🙂

      • 9 janed

        Good! Work isn’t everything… it’s just the way to earn enough money to buy more yarn. Or did I miss the point 🙂

  6. Your bunnies are adorable. Need a small girl to make them for. Almost tempted over to the dark side of knitting lol!!

    • Ha! Yes, having people to give them to is the thing. I’ve had to give them to big children (adults) as all the little children I know are too little 🙂

  7. Very cute. I love naked stress bunny!!! LOL

  8. Beautiful work. I really love these!


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