Little woollen rabbits (I hope)

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Rather obviously, this is a work in progress. This is the Piebald Rabbit pattern from Little Cotton Rabbits. So far so good. The pattern is very well written, and I’m really hoping I can pull this off. I’m not 100% convinced it will be as lovely as hers, but if you never try these things you really never know.

What I am amazed about is how small he is! I guess I’ve only really ever seen these rabbits in isolation, so I thought they were biggish. Turns out when she says ‘Little Cotton Rabbits’ she’s not kidding! There’s a good and bad side to this.

Good side = I think if it works, it will be really cute.

Bad side = it’s *supposed* to be a gift for a new baby. It could be too small, or worse, I might decide that I like it too much to give it away…

We’ll see. This is of course assuming that I don’t screw it up. I decided to start with the body, mainly as I was due to go out last night and I knew I could pick that up and put it down again. I’ve made the complete leg, arm and foot today, and done the first batch of stitching. I did my best ever mattress stitch on the body, which I am very happy about. (That said, ‘best ever’ is really setting that bar low!) I didn’t do the arm that well, but I find it much easier stitching from the bottom up, rather than the top down. I’ll see how the second one goes. I’m giving it a break for now before my fingers fall off.

cascade 220

These are the yarns i’m using. It’s Cascade 220: Doeskin Heather 8012 and Aspen Heather 8011. They look different enough here, but knitted up they’re quite similar. I don’t think that will be a problem, but it does show the perils of just guessing how colours will work together when you buy them from photos online. I do like these colours though, they’re really gentle.

And on that note, time to run. More photos when there’s more to show.

 

 

Knitting and crochet, the best of friends

Knitting and crochet

This wee fellow is off to a new home tomorrow. He’s going to live with a little three year old girl, called Scarlett. I would be more concerned, but she’s taken excellent care of the monkey I made her in 2013, so fingers crossed! I hope she likes him and plays with him as much, and as carefully (!) as she does with the monkey.

A naked giraffe

Here he is, as naked as the day he was born, in all his crocheted glory. And looking rather embarrassed about it too. It’s a lovely pattern – although as ever, crocheting arms and legs drives me  bit nuts. I always end up missing a stitch somewhere along the way and having to add one or two back in later. If you are in any way giraffe inclined though, I would recommend the pattern and you can find it here. I chose green for mine, because I think it’s nice for little girls to know that colours other than pink are available!

Giraffe scarf

True to form, I made a giraffe scarf. It actually matches the one I made for the monkey, but I think that’s purely because I used the same logic by accident – “I should probably add something scarlet”. I’m nothing if not original…

But then I thought he looked a bit naked. And maybe a little cold. But what to make to warm up a giraffe, other than a scarlet scarf?

Jumper

A wooly jumper of course!

I was in a bit of a rush, as I desperately wanted to finish this in time for Scarlett’s birthday, so I chose a basic, one-coloured pattern. I was also worried I wouldn’t know how to make it, so I thought the simpler the better. In the end I went for another pattern from Little Cotton Rabbits and it’s great! It’s knitted flat, and you start with individual pieces, which come together at the chest. You have to stitch it together of course, but its not hard and looks great.

jumper backAnd look! There’s a little button fastening at the back, which means…

Arms up!

That it’s easy to get on and off again! Quite important I think.

I adjusted the pattern a little bit – longer arms etc – and I think if I were a more skilled knitter I’d’ve taken it in at the sides to suit his body shape a bit more, but in the end, I was quite pleased with it. It looks nice and cosy. The button at the front is just for decoration, incidentally.

Suave and warm

And so there he is. All nice and warm and ready to meet his new friends.

You know what’s also a little funny about this? This is the first jumper I’ve ever knitted! And yes, I am still working on the Brooklyn Tweed Boardwalk pattern, from ages ago! Must get started on that again now.