On October 10, I took a class at the Knitcircus Studio during their fall retreat. Our teacher was the lovely Susan B. Anderson, and we learned to make a sock yarn bunny! I went shopping ahead of time and got some DK weight Knitcircus yarn, which is thicker than sock yarn and would make a larger bunny anyway, so I followed the mini-bunny pattern. It was really fun, and I learned a ton. Here’s my bunny so far:
I’ve knit loosely for years, so on most projects, I start my swatching one or two needles sizes lower than recommended. The recommended needle sizes for this DK yarn are 3-5. I started my bunny on a size 2 circular using the Magic Loop method. One of my classmates remarked on it, and I told her how small dpns make my hands unhappy (should have known that would turn out to be a knitter’s jinx). Knitted toys need a very firm fabric, and I was doubtful if I was making one after I’d finished the back of the bunny’s head. Oh, yeah, did I mention that I didn’t swatch? Thankfully Susan was right there to consult, and she encouraged me to drop down to a size 1…which I only have in dpns right now. But I did switch and now the fabric is just right. I’ll either have to be very careful of my hands or see if I have some circular size 1’s in my needle stash.
I really enjoy knitting toys and some quirky amigurumi-type projects. I’ve knit a few for my kids, but some are for no reason other than I feel like knitting them. That’s how my chicken Hettie came to be. She’s knit of handspun yarn that I was initially disappointed in; I thought the colors would look different spun up, but wow, do they make a great chicken!
If you are on Ravelry, you can see some of my other toy projects: starfish, Loch Ness monster, snail, golden snitch, pig, and a few others. Search on the tag “toy” from my project page. Toys have a lot of interesting techniques in them. I’m looking forward to working more on my bunny and a few other fun animals, too!
I also bought some yarn for a scarf or small shawl when I got my bunny yarn. I tried a shawlette in a circular shape but ended up frogging it since the shape didn’t look good on me no matter how I styled it. I reskeined and washed it to get the squiggles out and will reknit that yarn into a lacy scarf. The colorway is Robin’s Nest, which is truly lovely.
I had a small knitting attack (shoutout to the Knitmore Girls for the hashtag) while making the shawlette although it seemed huge at the time. I counted my stitches about 6 rows from the end and thought I was 28 off! That’s more than even so I can fudge, but since it was nearly bedtime, I put it aside until morning. Yes, knitters, don’t make any major project decisions after 8pm! You might regret it in the morning. Turns out I was looking at the stitch count for a different row, whew, so I recounted and thought I was about 18 off. After knitting to the correct row, turns out I was only 12 off which I easily was able to add during the next 6 rows of garter stitch. Fudging saves the day! Almost. The yarn will make a fabulous scarf a few projects from now.