Crocheted Bunny

So as soon as I said that maybe I would try crocheting a bunny next year, I thought, why not this year?  Why do something later when you can do it now?  That was my OCD speaking.   When I get an idea in head, I run with it, sometimes, and then over-analyze it to death.  A bit of a contradiction, I know.  I am complicated.  Anyhoo, the crocheted bunny was born.

This bunny has been through a lot – multiple amputations, transplantations and eye surgeries.  One foot is bigger than the other.  The ears are not symmetrical.  The Virgo in me wanted it to be perfect, but no one’s perfect right?

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When I showed him/her to my blog buddies, Stephanie asked if that was Miffy, and Charlie asked if it was a boy or a girl?  Who is Miffy, I asked?  This is Miffy:eeHXgd6O

Aside from the ears, I can see the resemblance.  Miffy is a female rabbit created in the 1950s as the main character in a series of books written and drawn by Dick Bruna, a Dutch artist.  She has starred in two television series and one movie.  Have I been living under a rock?  My husband also does not know who Miffy is, so I don’t feel so dumb not with the times.  You learn something new everyday….

Initially, I was going to make a flower to put on my crocheted bunny’s head and make it a girl, but when Charlie asked me if it was going to be a boy or a girl, it got me thinking.  Who am I to decide what it “should” be?  Why does it have to be a girl or a boy?  So, I’ve decided that I’m not going to make the flower and leave it as is.  I’ll let my daughter decide (when she’s old enough to know the difference).  Simple.  And done.

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I got the free pattern for this bunny from Happy Berry.  It was easy to follow and she even has 3 youtube videos for you to follow along if you want.  I used a thicker yarn, so I used a bigger hook.  But in hindsight, I could’ve used a smaller hook so that the stitches are tighter.  You can see the filler in some gaps between stitches.  All in all, I’m pretty happy with this second amigurumi project.  I already have the next one planned. 😉  In the meantime, this little bunny is going into my baby’s nursery.

For more Easter crafts, check out Charlie’s post on how to make a paper mache Easter egg pinata.

Happy Easter!

Crocheted Easter Eggs

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Crocheted Easter Eggs

Since my daughter is only 11 months old, we will not be doing much with her to celebrate Easter this year.  There will be no Easter crafts or games.  She’s too young to dye Easter eggs and join in on an Easter egg hunt.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t still get into the Easter spirit.  No, I did not go out and buy a ton of chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies.  Instead, I decided to try my hand at amigurumi.  Say what?  I know, I can’t even pronounce it myself.  Let’s call it ami for short.  Ami is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed dolls, which can be animals or inanimate objects.  As you know, I crochet during my spare time, usually when baby is sleeping.  I actually began crocheting as a hobby about 6 months ago and have been “hooked” ever since.  So, I still consider myself a beginner, even though I have a massive yarn stash that can revival those of long-time crocheters, I’ve spent many, many hours crocheting (late at night, instead of sleeping) and made many, many hats, scarves and headbands.  I thought, crocheted Easter eggs can’t be too difficult to make.  It’s just a round ball, really.  And ami is usually crocheted with just one stitch, the single crochet stitch, which I already know how to do and I already had most of everything needed (yarn, G hook, stitch marker, yarn needle).  All I had to buy was the polyester fiberfill to stuff the inside of the egg, which can be found at any craft store or online.  Alternatively, you can also stuff the insides with scrape pieces of yarn.

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These eggs are super easy to make.  I followed the free pattern from Petal to Picots.  She gives great suggestions on how to change yarn colours to make striped eggs.  But if you’re lazy, I mean, short on time like me, just use multi-coloured yarn and let the yarn create the pattern for you. 🙂  I whipped these little eggs up in no time!  Aren’t they so cute?

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Not bad for my first go at ami, right?  Maybe next year, I’ll try crocheting a bunny. In the meantime, this little guy is going to have to fill in.  😉

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You can include these crocheted eggs in your little one’s Easter baskets.  Or why not include them in your Easter egg hunt as decoys?  You can also use them as centerpieces to decorate your coffee or dining table.  Whatever you do with them, the best thing about these eggs, is that they’ll never go bad.  Use these handmade mementos again and again. 🙂

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Looking for other things to put in your little one’s Easter basket?  Check out Charlie’s post on 7 Non-Candy Easter Gift Ideas for Toddlers.  Have a wonderful day!

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