I have a confession.
For years now, YEARS, I have been flat out coveting the beautiful, entrancingly cute work of Julie Williams over at Little Cotton Rabbits. You can see some of her amazing creations here. I wanted them. Bad. I love toy knitting for reasons that I can’t really explain. Many conversations have been had about how we become the kinds of crafters that we are (sock knitters, sweater knitters, blanket makers, etc.) but I think it’s just down to what we find most soothing. Underneath the frustration, swearing, and fiddling that comes with sewing up little creations, I truly do find them relaxing to knit. I know that I already have more stuffed knit toys floating around my house than any grown woman can possibly explain. I know that I really don’t have anywhere to store another bag of fiber fill. But I love toy knitting, and I really felt the pull of Julie’s adorable bunnies.
Then, to the jubulation and celebration of toy knitters everywhere, she released her pattern.
And then she went and published a pattern set for 14 perfect little dresses.
I tried to resist the pull, but it just wasn’t in me. Instead I told myself, “oh, knit one and get it out of your system! You’ll get over the obsession quickly enough.” This sounded in my head like solid logic. In the space of about 24 hours, this little darling emerged:
Meet Coral the Rabbit. She charms the pants off me. Yes, she’s a little wonky. Her ears are crooked, her mouth is uneven, and we had a serious miscalculation of gauge. My worsted weight yarn was too thick, and my fingering was too thin. As a result she has a massive head, monster arms, and her dress is a little shorter than a respectable young bunny lady probably ought to wear. But still. Those are polka dots on that dress, and I do colorwork so rarely that they’re a miracle in and of themselves. The shoes are darling as all get out, and, though you can’t see it, she has a perfect fluffy bunny tail. She’s going to be a babyshower gift, which I knew when I downloaded the pattern.
I also might have known that I was lying to myself when I said I would knit one and get it out of my system. You may be able to tell that because I surreptitiously snuck out to the yarn store almost as soon as I had cast on and purchased a lovely, plushy skein of suspiciously bunny colored yarn. You may also be able to tell by the notes that I made as I went along, about minor details I would change “in the future”. The biggest giveaway is probably this, though:
Meet Agatha the Rabbit. She as a head, two arms, a body, and most of a shoe. I’m already planning her wardrobe. I start my new job in two weeks, so I have about that much time to get this pattern out of my system.
Do you ever get obsessed with patterns, or is it just me?