I finished The Secret Keeper and really enjoyed it. I will definitely add some more Kate Morton books to my library reservation list (any recommendations?). But first I have been given some books as presents that I am looking forward to reading. Next up (going through the books chronologically in oder of receipt): And the Mountains Echoed.
I ordered the yarn for these bunnies back in September. They were meant to be for Christmas, but somehow that never happened.
At story time in our local book shop I started talking to the lady there about knitting (showing up with children wrapped up in handknits does that). She showed me a book (this one) that has a knitting pattern in the back for the toy that the book is about.
I really liked the idea for Kaya’s birthday (a present for me or for the little guy? Ahem..), but wasn’t so sure about knitting an armadillo… I thought maybe a more familiar animal would be better.
Then I remembered the bunnies, and decided to choose a bunny book instead to go with them.
(I also remembered, when I was little I once I got a stuffed tiger who came with his very own story. But then my dad is a writer so he can do that sort of thing! Now, I didn’t write the story but I made the cuddly toy.)
I chose The Velveteen Rabbit, not a book I knew but one I’d heard about. The rabbit in the story doesn’t wear a stripey jumper, and our bunnies won’t have pink ears, but we’ll put that down to artistic licence, yes?
Even though it’s become sort of a birthday present now (any excuse for some knitting, right?) I originally meant to make two, and that’s what I’m doing. Bunny brothers.
I’ve been able to knit away without questions asked, but once the seaming and stuffing started that was over. Mama knitting by itself is so normal, even a bit boring to the little guys I guess, but I’m sure cute little bunny heads wouldn’t be!
So now progress is refined to the secrecy of late evenings. The big bunny brother is pretty much done. Fingers crossed the little brother will also be ready (and maybe both of them even dressed?) in time.
Current state of progress: one half leg, two arms, one bunny tail, seaming x 1, stuffing x 1, (plus two jumpers and two pairs of shorts) still to go.