Wednesday, March 15, 2006

A wee bunny in the making

So I thought I'd use Project Spectrum to craft out of my comfort zone (aka knitting!) and try out some other things...like sewing ;0)

My mother-in-law helped me out with the basics like pining and sewing straight lines back on Super Bowl Sunday (I have yet to finish that quilt) and that's all the sewing experience that I needed to make a wee bunny of my own (you can download the free pattern from Wee Wonderfuls). It's just too sweet and I love it, love it, love it!

I even tucked one of Jujube's plastic Heinz baby food containers filled with a small handful of rice in the bottom. Ta-da! Instant bunny rattle! And bonus, the plastic container is the perfect size. Really. It's perfect. And allows the bunny to stand on his own.

All that's left to do on this little cutie is sew on the bottom, attach the pom-pom tail, and embroider on a face. The face has me really stressed out. I suck at hand sewing and am scared of ruining my wee one. So I need to make a plan and work up some courage. Or maybe I can use fabric paint and paint on two little eyes and a pink nose? Or sew on some bead or button eyes? Or not risk it and leave it as is until I either (a) get good at embroidery, or (b) find someone who is? What to do. What to do.

I know, knit a little somethin' somethin' while I figure it out. It's another little pink cardi (see it up there, under bunny). This time I am using the seamless yoked baby sweater pattern leaving out the fancy stitches and substituting a lace border from Barbara G. Walker's stitch library. So far so good. Two arms to go and it's another pink FO.

You'd think I'd be tired of all the pink and red, but actually, I'm loving it and am feeling the pressure to knit up my entire pink and red stash by the end of the month. Though I know it's not gonna happen cause I've accumulated quite the lot of pink and red over the years! I blame all my friends and relatives who've only been producing baby boys! LOL!!!

I figure I outta try to knit up as much of it as possible this month and take it easy in April since I only have like 3 balls of yellow and orange yarn in the stash. April is going to be a breeze! Heehee!

Don't we just love Project Spectrum? Lolly, you're a genius!

11 comments:

  1. I think she's lovely just the way she is.

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  2. it is sooo pretty. I want one...I don't sew :(

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  3. I think you could get away with leaving it just the way it is...especially if it's for a little one. You don't want buttons or beads to choke on. I like faceless things...is that weird? I feel exactly the same way about embroidering faces on things...I'm never happy with it. My mom can do all of that and I can just make a neat X. Wonder if you'd feel better about it if you'd put on the face first (before sewing it up)? I'm going to try your advice about the sock ladders...so far I'm happier with it anyhow. I have three projects started (two super-easy) so I have a lot to choose from.

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  4. I agree with Pretty bird...if you plan on giving it to Julian you won't want beads or buttons on it. I wonder if you can get a transfer or something of a face...you know like the kind for t-shirts or something where you can just iron it on or whatever...

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  5. Very cute widdle bunny! Thanks for the frog closure idea as well. :-)

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  6. I love the bunny the way it is. If you are set on embroidering, which would be the safest, you could probably sketch the features with one of those chalk type pencils they use in sewing (I think if it is done really lightly you can basically rub it off if you don't like it). Practice a face on paper first - honestly though it is so speaking for itself right now. Lovely job.

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  7. Oh my, that is just SOOOO CUTE! I love it, love it, love it too!!

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  8. looks great! i adore wee wonderfuls, so inspiring. thank you, anny, for your endorsement of that debbie bliss baby knits for beginners book. i had it out of the library and ended up buying myself a copy. what a great reference - i finally learned how to seam up a garment correctly, after 20 years. thanks!

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  9. Very cute! I'm currently stuck in a rut with baby boys also. We should be finding out the sex of my cousin's baby soon and I'm sooo pulling for a girl!

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