Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Little Cotton Rabbit from Willow Hill Yarn Company — Day 4

Lucky rabbit's foot...

I wasn’t at all sure this would work. Stitches didn’t match up the way they were supposed to, and I was working on such a tiny scale. Like any cookbook or Pinterest page, the pressure of living up to the helpful-yet-slightly-intimidating photos runs deep.  Williams’ bunnies look classic and charming, as if they walked off a Beatrix Potter page.  I’m living in fear mine will look as if it walked off the page of a neurological disorders manual.

Fortunately, as my mother used to say, “If they’re staring at your shoes, you’ve already done something wrong.” As such, I place slightly less quality emphasis on bunny feet than a bunny face.  Remembering that the dress is finished and downright adorable (what a tactical advantage that decision was!), I worked my way through the complicated process of constructing the shoes, straps, and legs that make up our rabbit’s lower appendages.

I don’t think it turned out too badly.  The shoe straps are a bit clunky—had I to do it over again, I’d use a backwards-loop cast-on rather than a bulkier long-tail cast-on.  And I was sure the shoes would never curve into the blobby little feet they needed to be, but they did.  A chopstick proved truly useful to get the bits of batting where they needed to go. I think perhaps one foot is a tad larger than the other, but no one should really notice.

Truth be told, the proportions don’t look out of whack. And I am proud to say that all this assembling has enabled me to finally master the mattress stitch!  Adding the head and arms will tell the true tale, but I think we’re on the right track.  Or is that rabbit trail?

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