Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Wabbiting around

 

 

Hello to you all in 2013!


 

 

I cannot believe that Christmas has come and gone (as have all the icky bugs) and that the New Year is upon us (and has already settled in and got its feet well and truly under the table).

 

 

 

 

 

I have so much to share with you. I really have been a most busy bunny.

Ahhhh, bunnies. Let's start there.

Last year I made little rabbits from a pattern I found here on the Internet. And very cute they were too.


But I wanted more: Bigger. Longer. Leaner.

And I wanted to use my pompom maker (onto that later).

 

So I had an idea.

 

Some people have asked how I develop a pattern.

I begin with a sketch (and not always a good one at that) one which gets the dimensions right.

I then muck around with the yarn a bit; I sort of know how to make sphere and cone and tube shapes, so I try different things.

There is a lot of frogging at this stage.

And swearing.

And cups of tea.

 

Sometimes I draw an actual sized sketch. This helps with shaping a lot.

 

 

 

 

I try things out for size and try to imagine what the whole piece will look like.

 

 

The most important thing is to keep a track of exactly what I've done, writing down every round of stitches. Every increase and decrease.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then I get to a point where I'm happy and the Wabbit is finished.

 

This one is going to be a newborn baby's gift.

Nice. I like it when people buy my little toys and there is a story to tell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And once I've made one, I set about making another, straight away (and then another and another) to test the pattern and check for inaccuracies.

 

This one worked out rather well. I love the Peruvian colour print in this yarn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here he is, finished.

 

This one was bought by a lovely lady who gave it to her little girl. She was then kind enough to send me some photos. So I could see my Peruvian Wabbit being hugged and cuddled, taken for a trip in the buggy and fast asleep with his new owner.

It made my heart sing to know he has a story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fancy making your own Wabbit?

There's patterns a-plenty for everyone in my Etsy shop.

 

Oh and the pompom maker?

Not a necessity, but such fun!!

 

(Incidentally mine is made by Clover and I bought it on eBay)

 

 

 

Have a lovely week.

Xxx

 

22 comments:

  1. Love the wabbit!! Will have to "hop" over for the pattern :)x
    Loves Debbie x

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  2. The rabbit is SO CUTE!!! Great way to start the year.
    Happy 2013!!!
    ♥ Ana BC

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  3. I love the rabbits! :-)
    Their ears are sooooo cute!!!
    Carly
    x

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  4. Lovely post. Gorgeous work. Well done you xx

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  5. Gosh you are so, so talented. Everything you make is a creative feast for the eyes. Very cute rabbits'
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  6. Oh the rabbit is SO ADORABLE! You clever, clever lady. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Anne xx

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  7. Very cute rabbits and so sweet that the customer sent you photos of the bunny love! I admire your patience with making things like these. I have been struggling along making an elephant and dragon for my daughters (Xmas presents that are yet to be finished!). I am working to patterns I bought online but I really can't get on with all the chopping and changing and stitch markers. So you have my total admiration for your dedication to animal making crochet! xxx

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  8. I love, love, love it!
    Good Job!
    Danette

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  9. Love the rabbits, what a brilliant idea, so sweet. Also wanted to say how much my grand-daughters loved their little hair slides I bought from your shop.

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  10. Ooo lovely wabbity post! I love these little ones..... Hugs, Jill x

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  11. oh so cute! I have a Clover heart shaped pompom maker, but can't get it to work properly!

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  12. Cute, cute, cute wabbits!You make me want to try crocheting stuffed animals :-)

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  13. Great rabbits, love the Peruvian colours too.

    I reckon everyone remembers cutting discs out of their kellog packets when they were kids, I've always fancied a pom-pom maker....cool!

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  14. Super little rabbits, just right for cuddles. What super colours in the second bunny. Did you use variegated yarn? Becky x

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  15. Ooh, bunny love! I'll be back when I get the hooky thing licked ;)

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  16. such a lovely blog. have so enjoyed my visit here!

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  17. It's lovely - I've been thinking about investing in a pompom maker too :D

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  18. Lovely job. Congratulations from PerĂș.

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  19. The rabbits are adorable! What a lovely idea.

    I am obsessed with my pompom makers. It's addictive isn't it!

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  20. I love rabbits
    Congratulations from Brazil.

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  21. your blog makes me want to learn crochet!!! sooo cute! :)

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