Saturday, March 12, 2005
It is cute but somehow it looks a little more like a cat then a bunny peep. Very easy and fun!
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Ok I was just introducing myself. I just started knitting again after a 2 week hiatus due to some major wrist pains. I started the Heartstrings bunny pattern, but I think I chose a poor color (a sort of beige), because at this point w/o ears, the bunny looks like a Sumo wrestler. I'm going to go with it, and turn him into a Sumo wrestler. I think this time I'll choose a different color yarn for my bunny :)
I love seeing all your bunnies!
This Fiber Trends pattern couldn't be easier. The only trouble I had was that I used running stitch instead of whipstitch to baste the opening closed with cotton yarn, and had quite a time removing the stitches after felting.
Now I need to decide: button eyes, or embroidered? Felt backing or not? I will go ahead and try the suggested nose. And as far as further embellishment goes, something tells me they might be better received if they bear a resemblence to Rambo instead of Peter Cottontail.
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
They took about 5 hours each to knit, plus another hour to assemble. I used contrast yarn for ear insides and foot bottoms, and the rest took slightly more than one skein of Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride.
I will stuff and shape them while still wet from felting. This is the part I'm least looking forward to - packing in wads of fluff in and trying to get it even.
I'm planning on knitting some slightly subversive bunny slippers! I'll be working them in Sirdar Snowflake in black, and I'll be adding some facial details in pink baby wool.
I look forward to seeing everyone elses bunnys and rabbits - good knitting.
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
I'm rather impressed with my crafty handiwork, if you excuse the fact that Mr. Bunny looks like he's wearing a straitjacket and has a deranged look on his face. I need to work on sewing his chin closed and not his mouth for the next one.
Doesn't this look like something Calvin & Hobbes would knit? Maybe it's the pink eyes. I probably should have gone with a different color.
Here's my bunny! With just half a day of knitting (and an evening of sewing and swearing) he was my fastest project yet. And my cutest, although his bum is rather large :-)
Attention: no bunnies were harmed during the making of this although one rather filthy teddy bear died (but his stuffing lives on)
I especially love the HeartStrings pattern, if you can't tell. I am wondering if my pink bunny looks more like a pig, but hey, I think it's cute. Also, she said that she wants more brothers and sisters, so I might see what we can do.
thanks again Theresa!
Here is the Green Legs :) I think I will put him in the washer one more time, to felt him a little bit more... but don't you think he is cute? The pattern is really nice, this is definitely not the last Legs I'm knitting :) (also because my friend Sophie tried to kidnap him ;))
I didn't bother to embroider his face because I thought this was a practice bunny and now my son keeps asking me to give him eyes and a nose, so I'm going to have to figure out how to embroider him after the fact. I am also planning on making at least one more with a fuzzier yarn.
Monday, March 07, 2005
Felting for beginners by Kathy Wortel
Felt this! by Rob Matyska.
I just took the Pink Bunny out of the washing machine and it had felted a bit too much - likely because I had knitted it larger, using larger needles. Felting (well, fulling really - read the second article) requires having a bit of space between stitches, so smaller, more tightly knitted things full less than larger, loosely knitted things. And remember: you can always full more, but you can't unfull. ;o)
Here she is, pre-felting. But..See the fuzziness? I tried to hand felt her. With my hands and some shampoo, some boiling hot water and some freezing cold water. Yes. I boiled my bunny. And then dunked her in a bowl of fresh-from-the-freezer water.
That didn't work, so I mashed some (read:alot) shampoo into the whole mess and rolled and rubbed and mashed...But she just got fuzzier, no felting?
I'm loathe to put her in the washing mashine...won't she die?
There you have her!
So...How should I felt her? Any suggestions?..I've never felted anything before!
Hope there will be more to post soon! Enjoy your bunnies!
Laura at Frog Is A Four Letter Word
Sunday, March 06, 2005
I have 7 nieces and nephews that I'm crocheting this bunny for for easter:
I found it on the free patterns thingy to the left. It's pretty awesome, and quick to complete!Also a GREAT stash buster.
I've completed 1, but gave it away before taking a pic.
My mom was dumb, she gave my oldest niece Mikayla her for-being-good-at-school present in front of her lil bro, Parker, and I could tell it made him feel bad, because my folks are ALWAYS buying Mikayla stuff, she's seriously spoiled rotten,and forget about Parker.
So I gave him his early. Mikayla will have to wait!
I have 1 bunny that I want to finish tonight, and I'm ready to start the body on another, wich I will probally do tonight as well!!
I'm intrested in trying legs, but give me death before giving me a stranded pattern!!! I'm good at making up my own patterns though,so let me finish my nieces and nephews bunn's and I think I'll try making a copy cat(or is it copy bunny??;)) a whirl!! *smiles!*
When I got to the top of the head, I just continued to knit I-cord on three of the stitches on one side - you can see the ear hanging down on the right side of this picture...
When I finished the ear, I arranged the stitches so there were an equal number on the two needles on either side of the finished ear and 3 stitches for the other ear on the third needle.
Then I reattached the yarn (leaving a nice long bit for sewing up any holes that appear) and did a 3 needle bind off over the top of the head...
Resulting in what you see above. There are now 4 stitches remaining and I'll decrease one on the first row of I-cord. AND I had worked his neck this time on a few more stitches in order to be able to stuff stuffing up into his head. (Thanks, Thuy!)
Well, this is one way of doing it, anyhoo! Feel free to post in-progess pictures of your bunnies folks. I would especially love to see pictures of the HeartStrings bunny being folded.
I am so into the bunny thing that I knit yet another one from HeartStrings Fiber Arts. This was as easy as knitting up a square and a couple of ears, stuffing it, and sewing it together. I used LionBrand's Jiffy on size 10 needles, which was so fast and easy to use... not to mention inexpensive! You can make probably a million of these with just one skein and have them all done in time for Easter.
I have not added a tail yet and am not sure if I will. I was thinking of pulling through some of the stuffing, but it all depends on who I give this to. If it is for the baby or even one of the dogs, the stuffing is a bad idea. I am thinking of getting the Jiffy yarn in white to see how a pom pom would look.
I like to throw a variety of things in the Buzz List. While I find many blogs have little to say, I respect any blog that stays on topic, is genuinely useful, and offers unique content. There's also something refreshing about being able to post a blurb on the Buzz that has actual beneficial info along with blurbs about Michael Jackson, a freaky Speed Metal chick, and Joan Rivers. (snip)
Good luck with the bunny blog,
He also included a link to the archived Buzz List that includes the Bunny A Long.
Nice people rule.