Ridiculously tiny

I’ve been on an unsuccessful bunny buy two weekends in a row. It’s not good for the soul. Today, the world tried to make it up to me, by having this ridiculously tiny chap appear in my garden. He’s having lunch by the path under my window.

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It’s not usually that weedy, but that’s where Mama Partridge decided to build nest number two, amidst the pampas-type grass, so I’ve not been able to weed it for three weeks. (Seriously? Best excuse ever.)

For a sense of perspective at how Ridiculously Tiny it is, how about atop a standard sized brick…

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Pretty tiny.

I was creatively inspired….a brooch maybe? Or a key chain if done in thicker wire? Pretty happy with it, for a prototype.

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Thanks, little chap.

Not the bunny I’d planned….

I thought this weekend’s post would be introducing you to our new addition…but it’s just not felt like right time to see if there’s a bunny out there with my name on him/her. I’m a little worried that the longer I leave it, the less right it will feel, but I’m trusting in kismet. Or trying to.

However, I do have a little chap to show you, courtesy of my newest follower, The Green Dragonfly, and you can follow her excellent tutorial here – https://thegreendragonfly.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/nibble-nibble-hop-hop/

I’m relatively new to crochet but am pretty pleased with my efforts…tho I had to make do with google eyes!

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He has a fuzzy butt!

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What I am thinking about, is that I could adapt it as a crochet wirework brooch….hmmmm.

What’s everyone else up to?

(Ps – still no baby partridges….but the eggs are moving!!)

Upcycling for bunnies

Short on content, but heavy on images!

I can’t imagine it’s escaped your notice, but for those who don’t know, I have a bunny.

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This is Toby. He is number 5, and for the moment, the last one. The only boy, he is also in some ways, the sweetest, and the smartest. Hence the “if you’re not going to let me out, I’ll do it myself” photo. He can differentiate the rustle of a Hobnob packet from any other, and also recognises the pop of the Kilner jar they live in. I kid you not.

Toby likes heat. A sunbeam, the fire, a radiator, he’s not fussy, as long as its warm. He will move his pen around the dining room to catch the best rays. Summer mornings have seen me fall into his pen first thing in the morning at the foot of the stairs, as it was 12 feet away when I went to bed.
Toby also likes a comfy cushion.

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Well, he is quite old in bunny years. And by and large, he’s pretty good on the chewing front, given that we had one that ate a plasterboard wall. (Thanks, Bluebell.) but after about 3 months, his cushion was looking a bit sorry for itself.

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Thankfully, this coincided with my OH deciding it was time for a new dressing gown. I snaffled the old one, chopped a rectangle from the front, including the pocket (well, it would give him somewhere to hide his Hobnobs).
My trusty little friend

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A new cushion, and there’s enough left to get at least three maybe four more. Hurrah for up cycling!
And I think Toby would agree.

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Babies come with hats

For my birthday earlier in the year, my lovely brother and his incredibly talented partern, http://www.missfortune.co.uk got me some Amazon vouchers. It was perfect timing, because I’d just decided to treat myself to some circular knitting needles, as it’s an area of knitting I’d never tried. I found some bamboo ones and something about them seemed to shout to me…and so I bought them. And, seeing as the company selling them also had bamboo straight one…well, it would have been rude not to, right?

I have to say, they’re a joy to use. I no longer get cramp in my hand or tired shoulders, and I love the feel of them, both in my hands and when the slide against one another, you dont get that metal-against-metal buzz that can set your teeth on edge. So what to choose for my first foray into circular knitting? Well, as these things often do, the right thing came along when I needed it. My friend Kelly is due Baby number 2 in a couple of weeks. But I’d done her bootees for the first one and wanted something a bit more. And then I found this http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bunny-beanie How gorgeous is that?!

It started off well,

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and it was pretty straightforward, if a little weird feeling, and then I got to the crown. I only had about 9 stiches on and they barely filled the straight bit of the needle, let alone going all the way round. So I improvise, and used the next size needle and continued as if they were either end of a circular set. And I really don’t think you can tell. But if anyone has tips on that, let me know!

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So there was a hat….and now it needed ears.

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I actually think the ears were harder than the hat itself! I think if I were to do it again, I’d probably come up with a different take on it, they really were fiddly. But I think it was worth it…..

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Kelly loved it – and the amount of people who said “I want one in my size!” was quite terrifying! (Not that I hadn’t thought it myself!) So all in all, a fairly happy first use of circular needles, with a little help.

What’s next?

The Easter Bunny (baker)

I’ve got a couple of knitting and cross stitch posts in the pipe line but as they’ve not reached their intended destination you’ll have to wait!

Last weekend tho, I got creative in a different way. (Keep it clean, smutty minds!). It’s highly likely that this is the only food post I’ll make this year, so excuse me for wandering off the craft reservation, just this once….

A couple of people at work had decided to do an Easter bake sale, the Tuesday we went back to work after the Easter holidays. Now, when it comes to the kitchen, I pretty much go in there to make a cup of tea and to clean it after my other half has turned it upside down cooking for us. Seriously, when we were living at opposite ends of the country for a year, I ate cereal for dinner as well as breakfast. And sometimes for lunch too….I’d honestly rather just go hungry than be bothered to cook. And frequently have.

But baking. Now that’s a different story. Baking is definitely not cooking. And therefore I like doing that. My mum likes to bake and I have lots of her recipes, but nothing is ever quite as good as hers and even tho my shortbread is pretty fab, it’s still not a patch on my Granny Henry’s. it’s a sad fact of life I’ve just had to accept!

So I don’t really need an excuse to bake, but it’s nice to have one, so I thought I’d do a couple of things, like cakes and biscuits. So I went for an easy fairy cake recipe and ended up here

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I thought I’d just do a simple butter cream frosting, but then thought it was a bit boring. At the same time I didn’t want to be too Easter Obvious but I did have some little chocolate eggs. Thankfully I resisted the temptation to make nests….and just went for the “bunny ears sticking out the top”

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Because I’m known for being a bunny mad girl, it wasn’t a hard decision as to the biscuits…bunnies come with multi-coloured sprinkles and marshmallow tails. Who knew?

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For any UK people, I can tell you that Stork have brought out what may be my new favourite thing – liquid butter. It’s basically like melted butter without the grainy texture you sometimes get. It’s great for creaming (the frosting was super smooth thanks to it) or if, like me, you don’t have a food processor. I know – you’d think it was the dark ages, but Granny Bell’s Moulinex hand mixer circa 1960s is still going strong two generations later, so who am I to put it out to grass?

So there it is. We made about £150 just from a few people’s effort for our work charity and there’s still some frosting in the fridge so excuse me while I go eat it and return to my normal crafty pursuits!