I wish I could explain exactly what possessed me when I hit the “buy it now” button for this Ravelry pattern. Knitting toys is just not my thing…or so I thought. And then I discovered “Bunny girl in a dotty dress” by Julie Williams. Love at first sight. Was it her face? Her dress? Those cute little Mary Jane’s? Yes. Yes. Yes. I hit the button, paid with paypal, and printed the file. That was the easy part.
The word that best describes turning left-over balls of yarn into a sweet little bunny is, in the designer’s own words, “fiddly”. Had I looked up the true meaning of the word, I might have balked. “Complicated or detailed and awkward to do or use”. Fiddly.
Thank goodness, you start knitting the head and designing the face first, which gives your bunny a bit of a personality from the start. I completed the head on day one. On day two, she looked up at me as if to say “you’re gonna finish me, right?”. (I guess she well knew the meaning of fiddly). Okay little bunny…I hear you. Day five:
Done. Her eyes were supposed to be embroidered french knots, but I decided to use these teensy black buttons that I had in my stash. Since the doll is (ahem) for me, I have no worries about the eyes becoming a choking hazard ;-)
After all that fiddlin’ around, I was totally thrilled with my sweet bunny. She stands about 12″ tall from the tip of her ears to the tips of her toes, and I think she’s adorable!
Julie’s website is Little Cotton Rabbits, and she offers free patterns, as well as patterns to buy. My next purchase will be “Boy bunny with a piebald patch”. He could be Bunny girl’s brother…significant other…or just a friendly playmate. In any case, he’s got my attention.
Don’t let a seemingly whimsical word like “fiddly” stop you from making a bunny of your own. I really did enjoy the process, and I plan on making several more…in the future…but not like next week.