"Everything is better with bunnies," my friend Kris wrote to me in an e-mail yesterday.
I had to chuckle over her comment. Indeed, the bunnies have made this week a better one for me. I'm still completely benched from my "shop." Frankly, I can't even call it a shop anymore. Now it's once again just an empty storefront awaiting a gut job and then new ceiling, walls and floor... with an optimistic estimate of three more months to completion... sigh.
But I don't want to dwell on what I can't control. So I find myself playing a whole lot more with my kids, force feeding the rest of my inventory to my poor little closets at home and making bunnies.
It started with "Rustic Bunny." Knit up by my friend, Edita, who found the tutorial for it online (thank you to Jo So & Sew!). We'd intended to use this pattern with our beginner knitting students. But alas, weren't able to due to fire/flood calamity and ensuing closing of space.
We loved the idea that a the simple garter stitch square could be transformed into an adorable bunny. A clever project that a beginner knitter could complete in a reasonable amount of time.
Edita's bunny turned out so cute, I decided to make one as well. My first attempt was "Big Bunny" (with brown tail) leading the line up. Then I decided to try again with a crocheted square instead. My second attempt was "Gremlin" - named for his funny crinkled gremlin ears. He's the guy in the middle with the grey tail and crooked ears.
Using a crocheted square works too. Just be warned that the single crocheted fabric ends up stiffer than the knitted garter stitch square. The ears are harder to shape properly.
You know me, right? Slightly obsessive. I wasn't happy with Gremlin's messed up ears. I had to try the crocheted square bunny again. Third attempt is named "Brown Bunny." I like him best. My son does too and has already claimed him as part of his Easter present.
And there they all are. Lined up and ready for the upcoming Easter weekend. Working with my hands almost always puts me into more of a zen space. And I've worked out a lot of angst with these little guys. I have to agree with Kris...
Everything really is better with bunnies.