F.O: Little Cotton Rabbit (x3)

Dear blog,

When last we spoke, I fessed up to a mild infatuation with Julie Williams’ Little Cotton Rabbits. I said things like, “I just need to knit a few dresses to get it out of my system,” and “They’re teaching me new skills!” We’ve had this conversation before. This is the conversation where I admit to going over the deep end with some pattern that I just can’t put down. Embarrassingly enough, it’s happening again. I’ve become obsessed with these little rabbits and little dresses, and am in serious need of some bunny rehab. But really, who can blame me? They’re so completely precious!

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Obviously I need help. The white rabbit is my latest finished object, and I’ve named her Carroll. As ridiculous as this picture looks, I actually have to admit that since I took it this morning another dress has been added to the collection. It’s a sickness. All of the dresses come from the Seasonal Dresses pattern except for the pink feather and fan dress and the elephant dress. I figured the elephants from an outside chart, and added them to the basic dress pattern.

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I’m really pleased with how my white rabbit turned out. Just fuzzy enough, and just fluffy enough. She’s knit out of sport weight, though, so she’s the smallest of the bunch, but the dresses still fit her well enough.

I feel like admitting my problem is the first step to recovery, so hopefully when we speak next I’ll have moved on to something new.  No promises, though. These bunnies are pretty irresistible. I don’t recommend buying the pattern if you, like me, are susceptible to the charms of little embroidered smiles and tiny buttons. I’m sure I’ll kick this one eventually, but with my luck it’ll be the day before Julie publishes her next animal pattern, which is sure to be just as sweet as the first.

Wish me luck!

F.O: Little Cotton Rabbit

My second Little Cotton Rabbit has flown off my needles and into my finished projects basket!

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Her name is Agatha Rabbit, and she loves tea cups, good books, and solving murder mysteries. But really, who doesn’t? I used Tosh DK for her body in Hickory, and Tosh Light in Laurel for her dress. I really don’t know what it is about this pattern, but I find these bunnies to be enchanting. They have such personality! The dresses have been a lot of fun to work, as well, which is evidenced by the fact that Agatha now has a wardrobe of two.

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The third is on the way. I’m justifying my obsession by telling myself that these adorable little dresses are a crash course in color work. I can’t wait to finish some more to show off!

Bits and Pieces

The beginning of June was a tricky couple of weeks for me. I graduated university, moved, and changed jobs all in one weekend, which required a good lot of preparation. Now that I’m settled, unpacked, and starting to get organized, I can see what the upheaval did to my knitting.

I produced a few puffs:

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A leaf or so on my Saroyan Scarf:

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And a few inches on sock #2:

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I’m itching to finish a project, but I’m finding myself to be finicky about it. I can’t decide which of these I want to work with. This is what happens when I work on too many projects at once! None of them get any progress because I get too excited about all of them in turn. Instead, I’ve started something new. A surprise project!

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Any one care to make a guess about what it may be?

Process Knitting

Do you find that you are purely one type of knitter? I’ve always considered myself to be a product knitter. When I see the pattern, I immediately stalk project pages and color choices, and I can’t wait to finish knitting so that I can add the glorious thing to my wardobe. What gets me through the tedious moments is imagining having the item in my hand. Recently, however, I’ve found myself to be more of a process knitter.

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This sock, if nothing else, has been proving this change to me. The color has best been described as “Easter with a Hangover.” It’s too muddy to be pastels, and too spread out to make clear stripes. The pattern, while lovely, is very wrong for the yarn, but nothing else seemed to work with it. The overall effect is a sock that only a knitter could love, and certainly nothing that product knitter me would be interested in. Process knitter me, however, is head over heels. This sock and I have shared many a lovely zen moment and we spent almost all of Memorial Day together. Something about it entertains me, and I enjoy working on this pair more than I would have thought. Hopefully this adoration stretches through to sock #2. After that, I think it’s back to the Saroyan Scarf for good, and then a wee break from the sock pandemonium.

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Do you ever find yourself switching back and forth between knitting types? Or do you, like me, see it as more of a spectrum?

FO: Easter Egg Socks

Uhmm… I don’t really know when these happened. Sometimes projects just appear on your needles when you’re not looking.

5ad28232c47a11e29c8b22000a9f18f4_7It seems that as a sock knitter I have two modes: impatiently slow and magically fast. This is the Dicey Sock pattern, in a manner of speaking. I didn’t want to knit it from the toe up, so I applied the dicey cables to the Yarn Harlot Vanilla Sock pattern, over 64 stitches. I’m very pleased with them. This yarn was my first attempt at hand dyeing a few years back, done with Easter Egg dye tablets in my postage stamp sized kitchen. It always seemed to loud to use for anything else, but socks can be as loud as they want and no one but me has to see them! I’m excited to get these socks both blocked and finished. Hopefully we’ll see a bit of sun again so that I can take better pictures of them!

Continuing on in my sock knitting phase, I have the Earl Grey pattern on my needles right now. I suppose I should say needle, since I’m attempting this pair using a single 9″ circular. It’s certainly an adjustment, but I’m hoping that it will help me get my ladders under control. Does anyone else have tips for dealing with ladders? I’d love to hear some thoughts on the matter.