A knitted bunny!

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This is our bunny Coco. She’s not very sure about her new bunny friend…

A very lovely friend of mine just had a baby and I wanted to make her a present. I wanted to make something a bit different so rather than the usual booties or little cardigan I had a go at making a toy!

I found this super cute pattern on Ravelry. It’s called Maxine the rabbit and its by Janice Cyr. Her version is adorable.

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This is so much better than mine! She is a very talented lady.

My version is a little more questionable….It turns out that making knitted toys is much harder that I thought it would be. The actual knitting bit was really easy and super quick but the sewing up and stuffing was a right pain. I just couldn’t get it right….either I was over stuffing or under stuffing…… I couldn’t quite figure out how to sew the parts of the body together and then I got a bit frustrated, didn’t bother to tack anything first and made it all worse.

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I rather like him but I don’t think he’s good enough to give away. He is MASSIVE! He’s about twice the size of Coco so he would be far too big for a tiny child. Also his feet turn in (that’s my questionable sewing up) ,  he can’t actually stand up on his own and his head is very floppy……oh…and I’ve sewn his little face on a bit strangely.

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I used some Garnstudio DROPS Nepal that was left over from my creature comforts cardi and Beatnik. It took me a little while to track down stuffing. I’d planned to order something online but I couldn’t find anywhere that didn’t charge about £15.00! In the end I found it in Ultimate Craft in Stoke Newington for about £3.00 which was much more in line with what I was expecting to pay. It was a ginormous bag of stuffing though which was very tricky to shove into my bike bag to get it home!

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I don’t think I’ve totally given up on the idea of making a knitted toy (and not just because I now have a big bag of stuffing). Maybe I just need to save the sewing up until I feel super awake rather than after a stressful day at work.

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Nest- shop review

I’ve been making a bigger version of my Bridgewater by Jared Flood with 4ply wool and 4mm needles. It’s going to be a nice cozy Bridgewater blanket. However for some reason when I was buying the wool I totally forgot that as it is bigger than the original version it was also going to need more wool…. I also realised that with it being Christmas eve today my lovely plan for lots of Christmas Knitting was going to be scuppered if I didn’t get some more wool today.

My Bridgewater blanket so far

I’m making the blanket out of Drop Alpaca (fast becoming my favourite wool as it is really cheap, great to knit with and feels lovely to wear). A few weeks ago a friend at my knitting group gave me the rather splendid news that there is a stockist for Drops in London. It’s called Nest and it is in Crouch End. Today seemed like a great day to go and have a look around and hopefully sort out my wool based emergency!

I was really pleased with what I found at the shop. I really liked the following:

  • The shop is about 20 minutes cycle from my house which was good as it shut at 3:00 today and I didn’t leave my house until half 2!
  • There are bike racks right outside making it super easy to lock up my bike.
  • The staff were really friendly and kept the shop open for a couple more minutes so I could buy my wool.
  • They take cards (I never have any cash on me)
  • Somehow they had the exact dye lot I needed (while this isn’t something they will have done on purpose it still made me like them more).
  • They sell Drops! Alpaca at £2.90 a ball! You can’t get much better than that!
  • They’ve got lots of lovely stock and a big open shop.
  • It was really easy to find.
  • There’s a yoga studio right over the road which I’ve never heard of before and am now looking forward to checking out.

All in all I was very impressed and I’m looking forward to having a proper explore around the shop when I have a little more time.