Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Bunny Obsession

I'm starting to wonder who in our family really has the bunny obsession - is it Flopsy Bunny who has enough bunnies to fill a small burrow ... or is it in fact me . . . ? I caught myself typing "Bunny" into the pattern search on Ravelry the other day and then spent a good half an hour going through all the bunny patterns frantically adding them to my favourites and then at the end wondering if I really needed to make all these cute little bunnies. Of course need doesn't really come into it when talking about knitting or sewing, so maybe I've got a knitting obsession which just happens to be focused on knitting bunnies at the moment! Anyway, here's the latest bunny from Artsy-Fartsy-Mama. It is so easy to knit, in fact it is a square that has been cleverly turned into a bunny with simple stitching. A bit like origami. Really clever and very cute. The only thing I would say was that my bunny was a bit top heavy and keeps falling over so if I were to make this bunny again I would put a weight in it to keep it standing up.

So with Easter over and my promise to myself not to knit anymore bunnies - the bunny nuggets will have to wait until next Easter - I have started on something for Little Roo who has been a bit neglected of late in receiving knitted things. I have a couple of things lined up for him so watch this space!

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Easter Egg Rolling, Hunting & Eating

The Easter festivities may be over - but we did have some fun. There was the annual village egg rolling on Good Friday. It has become a bit of a tradition in the village although no one can remember how it began or what time it actually starts! - so there were lots of separate groups of people walking up the big hill in our village to roll their very hard boiled (you need to boil it for at least 20 minutes to make sure it doesn't explode as it hits the ground!) and beautifully decorated (so you know which one is yours at the bottom) eggs down the hill. It may sound a bit silly but it is great fun chasing after your egg. The fun continued the next day when Flopsy Bunny went on an Easter Egg Hunt with some of her pre-school friends and of course Easter Sunday was mainly about eating the eggs found on the hunt the day before and also some that the Easter Bunny had brought. As I mentioned in my last post, Flopsy Bunny has got a bit confused between Christmas and Easter, she was certain that the Easter Bunny would be hopping down the chimney with some eggs for her!

So not much time for anything crafty but I just wanted to add a note to my last post about the knitted Easter Eggs or egg in my case! I filled my egg with polyfil but I think next year I will use a polystyrene egg as I wasn't too happy with the shape of the egg - more barrel than egg! Although if I had time to mess around with the filling I might have been able to get it looking more egg shaped. The pattern as usual was excellent and really easy to follow and complete and I discovered that post-Easter you can hang the egg from the baby gym and it becomes an egg-cellent (sorry for the pun!) toy for Little Roo.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Easter Tree?!

I love festivals and holidays - Christmas must be my all time favourite but Easter, Halloween and Bonfire Night are special times too. All good occasions to decorate the house and do something different. Since the little ones have arrived I have more of an excuse to allow my inner child to run wild! So this brings us to Easter, for the last couple of years I have started doing an Easter Tree - for want of a better name for it, but my Darling Husband (DH) has been very disparaging about it. "You'll confuse Flopsy Bunny" he says - which I have done, she keeps talking about the Christmas Bunny who will be delivering eggs and that we don't need an Easter Tree because she and Daddy already got one at Christmas. Anyway, I have put these minor problems aside and gone ahead with the tree and I love it! It's surrounded by all the things Flopsy Bunny has been making and a few Easter relevant toys.

I've also managed to make one of those darling little Easter Eggs from Little Cotton Rabbits. Very quick and easy to make and I intend to make more when I've got some more wool. For now one is enough! The fact that I've been able to finish a few projects makes me realise now things have settled down. We are past the three month stage and life is losing a little of its chaotic feel.


Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Bunny Party

Out of the blue last week, Flopsy Bunny announced "lets have a bunny party mummy!" I'm not sure what she had in mind exactly, although it is bound to involve chocolate, biscuits and cake ... and more chocolate, biscuits and cake!

Anyway with Easter just round the corner, I thought some Easter decorations were in order. Luckily, just in time, Little Cotton Rabbits came up with a gorgeous pattern for a Bunny Egg Cosy. A great hit with Flopsy Bunny, who as you know just loves bunnies and is also quite partial to the odd boiled egg! It was so easy to make, that I'm hoping to make one for Little Roo - luckily as he is not on solids yet there isn't a great rush to do the second one; and I have also astounded myself in being able to complete this bit of knitting! I'm wondering if I have time to make some of Little Cotton Rabbits Easter Eggs or maybe that's a step too far!