Bunny Drama

I tried to knit my child a toy. It was fun. But more challenging than I hoped. In case you need a good laugh...

I am never knitting anything that requires a face again.

Seriously.

I just used the large majority of a brand new skein of brown embroidery floss (8.7 yards/meters) miserably making two pathetic beady eyes and some whiskers that insist on pointing in all the wrong directions.

I wish I could say that was where my bunny drama started.

But no.

Meet Spearmint the Bunny. Free pattern.

Spearmint the Bunny (free pattern!) and I met a couple Easters back when my beloved knitting friend brought a couple adorable versions to work to share. I considered making Spearmint last Easter but passed, as I was absorbed in finishing my Twist Cowl. Instead, I filled the Easter basket with stuff from the store. You know, like normal people do. Wise woman (sometimes rarely).

This year I figured what the hek. Surely this TEENY TINY bunny will only take 20 minutes.

Night one:

Cast on with the scrap from my Woolfolk dream cowl (pattern still unnamed…) Knit legs, body, and ears. This required only one minor ripping when I realized I made a slight goof. Three hours of knitting.

Night two.

Sew on ears. Knit arms. Sew sweater body. Put teeny tiny sweater on bunny to realize bunny body is wwwwaaaayyyy too short. Sweater is like a bunny dress. Could work. If I attach the arms next to the legs and smoosh the pom pom tail in the same general vicinity.  Three (maybe four!) more hours of knitting in, I go to bed thinking scerw it. Bunny dress it is.

Next year I am going to Target for Easter. You know, like NORMAL people.

Meet Spearmint the Bunny. Free pattern.

Night three:

Hours of deliberation.  Decide bunny dress simply won’t due.

Time for bunny surgery.

Cut off bunny ears. Rip back. Add in the 20 rows I clearly missed in the instructions. This is where I swear my wine consumption on the night the error occurred was limited to one single glass. Apparently that’s all it takes with me these days.

I try on bunny sweater a second time, with new and improved bunny body of increased length.  NO WINE HAS BEEN CONSUMED. NOT ONE DROP. (I think.)

F%#%@!^#%@&$!^&$@^***347837q!!!

Bunny body is TOO long. More like white/grey bunny carrot/missile. This is God getting back at me for being a heathen, heretic, and all kinds of other blasphemous nouns…He knows I am no saint and only like Easter for all the chocolate I have been secretly shoveling into my mouth at breakneck speed all. week. long.

Even prayer can’t help me now.

Three more hours of knitting in.

Good enough. Bunny carrot/missile it is. Go to bed. Surely Reed will never know the difference.

Meet Spearmint the Bunny. Free pattern.Day four:

Go to work. Show coworker bunny carrot/missile. She is clearly not impressed (bless her heart). Decide bunny carrot/missile won’t do.

Consider cutting off ears (again) and ripping (again) to shorten bunny body to proper length.

No way.

Consider cutting mid-drift of bunny body to shorten…then graft.

Uh uh.

Decide to give bunny tummy tuck (fold knitted fabric over itself and tack). Hide “scar” under bunny sweater.

Easy enough fix.

Complete tummy tuck. Finish arms for sweater. Make pom pom tail (not pictured, but awfully cute…I must say).

Now I need a face.

I will say this: I tried my best. I really did.

Three more hours of knitting in.

Here I am, nine (or more!) hours into this dratted little Spearmint. I calculate this at a value of no less than $300 in labor alone.

I could have knit a shawl. Or a something.  Other than this goofy little bunny that I really hope Reed will like, although I can already picture the poor little thing (Spearmint, not Reed) being dragged through mud puddles, hooked with fishing tackle, and crammed into the bottom of one unmentionable hoarder-style Paw Patrol back pack along with bits of string and crumpled bandaids.

Spearmint certainly did not take 20 minutes. Although nothing ever does. Not even the “quick” hat.

However, if you are inspired to knit your own Easter something or other, be sure to check out my obsessively curated collection of project ideas on my Pinterest Easter Board.  There’s still time!

Joining Ginny and reading After You  by Jo Jo Meyers.

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43 Comments

  • Reply zeta (kalianapodi.wordpress.com) March 23, 2016 at 4:41 am

    Frustrating knitting sucks, right?

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life March 27, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      Most definitely! There are definitely moments when I wonder why on earth I am so addicted to knitting.

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise March 23, 2016 at 4:57 am

    he is adorable and perfect!! next time put your project in a time out then maybe after 12 hours or more you might like the way it looks (or not….). I love his whiskers and his face and his ears, and arms and his skinny legs oh just everything!! just think the next one will be faster 🙂 🙂

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life March 27, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      The skinny legs are my favorite. I can’t say Reed was too into it this morning, but he did say thanks. So at least I can sleep at night knowing my child sometimes has manners.

  • Reply caffeinegirl March 23, 2016 at 5:51 am

    LOL! I definitely won’t be trying this pattern! I think it’s amazing that you persevered. The bunny is very cute, but I know I don’t have enough patience. I would have abandoned the project for chocolate early on.

  • Reply Dani Hinde March 23, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Oh my goodness, I am just reading your blog for the first time and you just made me laugh so hard. You know last year I bunnied myself to death and made 4 of these little guys: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/pdani/henrys-bunny . They were a lot less work than your Spearmint bunny and everyone loved them at Easter. I swore I was done making that pattern forever simply because I was all bunnied out, but now, a year later I find myself thinking, “Maybe just one or two more…I’ve got 4 days before Easter…I could do this!” After reading your post I think I may cast on tonight. You just made my bunny project seem much easier. 😉

  • Reply lea naab March 23, 2016 at 6:28 am

    The bunny saga was hysterical! I was laughing so hard I had tears running down my face, and my husband came to see what was going on! Have been there and done that many times, thanks for the lift to my day.

  • Reply Talya March 23, 2016 at 6:56 am

    May I suggest Bunny Nuggets? http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bunny-nuggets
    They are free, and may save your sanity. 😀

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life March 27, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Noted for next Easter, although please check me into the insane asylum if I try to knit a toy again.

  • Reply Sarah March 23, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Your mishap posts always make me laugh out loud! I have so been there!! And there’s a reason I make nothing with faces although I think yours turned out sweet!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life March 27, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      Thanks Sarah. I always get a kick out of writing them. The upside of messing up is knowing I will have good blog fodder. xoxo

  • Reply Alina March 23, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Haha 🙂 Toy knitting was always a failure for me too 🙂

  • Reply Jacqueline Webb March 23, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Oh I so know what you mean. I too crocheted a bunny last year and the face despite numerous attempts would not play. My hubby has nicknamed her Mitzy. It’s short for myxomatosis.

  • Reply Beth March 23, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Oh my…well, if it makes you feel any better, the end result is lovably cute! But I will totally understand if you never want to see the little guy again ever. So very sorry about the process. Been there done that with other projects. Yeah. Very cute though.

  • Reply Amanda Dymacek March 23, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I think he is darling – you crack me up! If you ever were to knit things with faces again, I recommend the critters by Kay F Jones (ravelry). Perhaps her Gelato Giraffe would be easily reworked to a bunny and the patterns are a bit less, um, how shall I say… freeform.

  • Reply Tina March 23, 2016 at 9:57 am

    He’s adorable ????

  • Reply fibrefallout March 23, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Oh my….your commentary was so funny!!! And I bet he will be well loved no matter what his shape!!

  • Reply Stefanie March 23, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Awww, he has a well-loved-in,feel. Susan B. Anderson has a great tutorial on how to embroider knitted amigurumi, BTW. I think it’d be easier to crochet a bunny from scratch. Next year, just use a free pattern.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life March 27, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      Thank you Stefanie. I do hope he will be well loved, although currently he is strewn across the kitchen table, already forgotten. Sigh.

  • Reply jacqueclements March 23, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    first time dropping by and the $300 in labor made me laugh out loud! So true in many knitting adventures!

  • Reply Julie March 23, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Oh man, what an odessy! He is cute, hopefully he will be appreciated, although every time you see the bunny he will be a painful rinder of all you went through! I personally don’t like embroidering face with the embroidery thread, i prefer yarn. The thread version never quite works for me, either.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life March 27, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      I think you are on to something with using yarn instead of embroidery floss. Much improved idea. Maybe in five years when the pain of this experience finally dulls.

  • Reply nanacathy2 March 24, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Oh dear, and no thanks I will once again use things I made in previous years. Knitting animals takes a prodigious amount of time, one of lifes lessons! Happy Easter ????

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life March 27, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Happy Easter to you my dear! I hope it was a good one. I think I have a few more jelly bean stashed in the hall closet…Off I go to snarf them up before the detox begins tomorrow…

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple March 26, 2016 at 6:22 am

    awwwww, you could have knitted a sweater!!! i may tuck this information in the back of my brain…never knit a bunny!!!!

    but it’s cute!!!!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life March 26, 2016 at 8:59 am

      Thanks my dear! I don’t know if I can do a 10 hour sweater, but maybe it could’ve been part of a sweater for sure.

  • Reply Lilly's Mom March 26, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I feel your pain about knitting bunnies. I knit two of them from a pattern that I completely changed. Things were going OK until it came to embroidering the faces….I can’t embroider. Your bunny is adorable. Happy Easter! Pat

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life March 27, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      Happy Easter to you as well Pat. I hope it was a good one. I think in a chocolate egg coma… good grief.

  • Reply Elizabeth Acheson March 27, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    There are tears of laughter running down my face! Are you me? Sister-mother love x

  • Reply Andi March 27, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    For some reason Sam Kinison’s ” Oh oh!” kept ringing in my head as I continued to read. You poor love…the things we do for love. Despite all that I think your bunny is still rather handsome. 🙂

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life March 27, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      Thanks Andi. I am taking that dratted thing with me to my grave. Will never let him go (even if Reed does). Hopefully he will last through the ages/mud puddles.

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