My little bunny is still not finished 😞. Instead I’ve been working on a 4ply sock yarn shawl.
The pattern is Simple Shawl by Jane Hunter, which is a free download on Ravelry. It’s a simple pattern, mainly garter stitch with some simple eyelets and then a picot edging.
It’s a very popular pattern, and is the perfect pattern to show of a lovely skein of sock yarn.
I’ve using some lovely yarn from Biffsugar Yarns, who you can find on Etsy. She also has a Youtube channel which I recommend watching if you enjoy knitting podcasts, as she comes across as such a lovely lady. She’s only recorded a few episodes so I do hope she makes some more.
The colourway is called Demelza, and is a superwash merino nylon mix. It’s so soft and gorgeous, and lovely to knit with. I originally planned to make socks with it, and even cast one on but frogged it after completing the rib as I thought it would be better for a shawl.
I’m hoping to get this finished by the end of the month, I can’t wait to wear it.
The only thing with shawls and scarves is I still can’t wear them when Loki the dog is about. Anyone else had this problem? I’m hoping he will grow out of it as he is slowly getting more sensible.
Here’s a photo I took of him the other day on one of our muddy walks. Gorgeous boy!
Last night I settled down to see if I could make some more progress on my girl bunny. As you can see, she now has two little legs!
I knitted the legs and shoes with Natura Just Cotton 4ply which, while has a lovely slinky feel, is quite hard to work with as it splits as it is made of 8 strands of combed cotton. I would think it is better suited for crochet.
I also found it quite unforgiving when it came to sewing up and my seaming is not as neat as I would like.
The legs are probably the most tricky and fiddly part of this bunny and I might be tempted to swop the feet with those of the boy bunny pattern if I were to make this bunny again.
There is also a cute shoe supplement which has a pair of bunny slipper or trainers which you could use instead.
I’m trying to get a few of my long-standing WIPs finished off. I started this little bunny some time last year. The knitting was very quick but there are lots of small pieces to join together, which I’ve been putting off.
Last night I started sewing her together. So far I’ve completed the head and face which took me most of an evening!
I had to have a few goes at the embroidery before I was happy with her face. It’s not perfect but not bad for a novice toy maker. Looking at the photo, I may re-do one of her eyes!
She’s knitted in Drops Karisma, which is 100 percent superwash wool. It’s listed on Ravelry as a DK yarn but it is actually a sport weight yarn. It is slightly fuzzy which gives the bunny a nice finish.
The pattern is Bunny girl in a dotty dress by Julie Williams of Little Cotton Rabbits, which you can buy on Ravelry. I’ve been a fan of her cute animals for a while now and would recommend you check out her Ravelry Store out if you like making toy animals. They are unbelievably cute.
One thing I will point out though is that the rabbit is knitted on small needles and is knitted all in the flat, so there is a lot of seaming to do. If you don’t like sewing things together you might want to try a different pattern. The pattern however is incredibly detailed and helpful and I think that there is a Ravelry group if you do get stuck.
I’m pretty pleased with my efforts so far. Isn’t she the cutest thing!
Hopefully I’ll have her finished by the end of the week to share with you.
I’ve included a link to my Ravelry project page here.
I’ve love to hear from you if you’ve made any of the Little Cotton Rabbits or perhaps if you can recommend any other cute toy patterns I should check out.
Happy New Year! So it’s 2019! Did you make any crafty New Year Resolutions?
Mine are as follows:
1. Knit more!
We got a puppy just under a year ago and it’s been impossible to do anything crafty around him. He’s properly gorgeous but he’s totally crazy and finds knitting wool insanely interesting.
I’ve decided I need to find time every day where possible to do a little bit of knitting when he’s not around. I’m also going to try to knit with the dog in the same room, so will see how that goes! I’m thinking small projects that he can’t easily get hold of to destroy!
2. Try something new.
Although I consider myself a confident knitter, there are loads of techniques that I’ve never tried before. I’ve never knitted a toe up sock, or top down sweater, or tried fair isle. I always use the same cast on and cast off so it’s time to learn something new.
3. Have a go at podcasting!
I watch loads of knitting podcasts on YouTube and think it might be fun to give it a go myself if I can pluck up the courage!
4. Stash bust.
My crafting funds are quite limited at the moment and I have a large stash that I’d like to use up. It’s probably not that big by some people’s standards but I’d like to try to reduce it in 2019.
With all this in mind I thought I’d start a new blog where I can share my knitting and some of the other random stuff in my life. I’ve blogged before but fancied a fresh start.
There should be lots of knitting, maybe a bit of crochet, some random book chatter and talk about my various pets.
I hope you enjoy!