|Big Buck and Baby Hopper|
Last year, I got rather fond of making these little chaps, which I decided to call Wabbitys, partly in an ironic nod to my tendency to pronounce 'r's as 'w's (just my luck to marry someone with a prominent 'r' in his name!). In total, I made about a dozen of them over the Summer, but then, rabbits do have a habit of multiplying. Each has a special talent which is reflected in their name, eg, Presto, is brilliant at magic tricks, while Lucky is great at getting in and out of scrapes. At one point, I got so ridiculously obsessed with them that I even drew up a family tree for the Wabbitys!
You might think that I designed this pattern because I love cuddly toys, but that's not the case, and I didn't have a rabbit when young. No, this pattern evolved simply because as much as I love knitting, I utterly loathe sewing up the knitted pieces. So for me, the joy of my Wabbitys is, that from cast on to cast off, there is absolutely no sewing involved as they are entirely knitted in the round–even the ears. All of which reminds me of how my favourite animated characters used to knit, and explains why I grew up with a false impression of how quick and easy knitting should be.
I wish all knitting could be this easy, so far the only other things I've managed to knit without the need for sewing are some cupcakes and cherries, and I'm currently working on a pattern for a mouse (which is really just an upside down rabbit). Of course there are always socks, which I do make a lot of, and perhaps one day, I'll build up to a Fair isle jumper where no sewing is required at all!