Once upon a time, I made a bunny named Chickenbutt. I didn’t name him that. My then three-year-old did. Chickenbutt is somewhat famous in some circles. He’s much loved, we’ve celebrated his birthday (you get strange looks when you ask the bakery for a cake that says ‘Happy Birthday Chickenbutt!’) He is B’s best friend.
For years I have refused to re-knit the bunny for others. No, that was a one-off for B. It’s special. Then a friend asked if I would knit a bunny for her 3 year old. A rainbow bunny. For Easter. And they live on the other side of the country. How could I say no?
I found the perfect rainbow colors in KnitPicks Shine, a ridiculously soft cotton blend. I only needed one skein of each color, and even then had enough leftover for another buddy for someone. And by someone I mean the kid I had to pry the rainbow bunny away from. The pattern I used is Nummy Bunny, a free pattern that also happens to be adorable!
The stripes were tedious, but the end result is so worth it. I am NOT making any more bunnies, though! Wait, what? Oh, fine. I’m not making any more after this Denver Broncos bunny…
According to Ravelry, I queued the Drawstring Raglan from Interweave Knits, Summer 2008 on October 24, 2009. That’s not entirely accurate. I’m pretty sure I was on the lookout for yarn for it the previous summer. In any case, I’ve been eyeballing this pattern for a long time. Every spring, I would go back and look at it, do some internet yarn window shopping and then move on to other projects.
So did you know that Tuesday Morning carries yarn? They do! And it’s good yarn! Wool, alpaca, silk, cotton, some novelty but for the most part it’s good name brand yarns. Early this summer I had managed to run away from home for a couple of hours and popped into Tuesday Morning to see if they had anything new. That’s where I found at least a dozen colors of Louisa Harding Ianthe, a 50/50 cotton and extra fine merino wool blend. And at a price I couldn’t refuse. So nearly four years later, I finally cast on for my blue Wavy Cardi.
It’s been slow going. I’ve abandoned it repeatedly for other smaller, faster projects. Even though the yarn was bouncy for a cotton blend, it still slowed me down. And lets be honest, once I got past the feather and fan skirt, it was a LOT of stockinette. Not the most thrilling knitting. But finally, Friday, in the school pick-up line, I finished the knitting. Just one thing I didn’t give a lot of thought to: that’s a lot of ends to weave in! I hate weaving in ends.
But I want to wear this, so I will finish it.