Knitting & Crochet


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I love sunflowers, they are my very favourite flowers.

Unfortunately I haven’t had great success with them this summer thanks to those pesky slugs! The first lot of seedlings were eaten by them and the second lot didn’t fare that much better but I did manage to save some plants. In the past I have grown them to eleven feet tall, not this year sadly.

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I have been supplementing my lack of home grown ones with some shop bought ones to brighten up my home.

Sunflower Collage

I’ve also made a little Sunflower bunny and I’m keeping her all to myself because after 135 bunnies, I thought it was time I had one of my own and as it was my birthday yesterday I decided she would be my present to myself! :)

Saffi Collage

Garland Collage

Heather Collage

Clover Collage

Cerise Collage

August Collage

Scottie Collage

The August Girls will be listed in my Etsy shop tomorrow (Thursday 28th August).

Saffi, Garland & Heather will be listed at 10.00am (BST) and Clover, Cerise, August & Scottie will be listed at 10.00pm (BST).

You can find out more about my bunnies here and you can see close-up’s of this months girls here. You can also read my Etsy shop policies regarding shipping etc. here.

Right I’m off to bake a chocolate cake for a certain Hb’s birthday which just happens to be today!!! :)

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My garden is full of nasturtiums at the moment, just as an August garden should be.

Such joyful little flowers and so many different shades all from one packet of seeds.

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I was delighted one day last week when I found some nasturtium print fabric, so a nasturtium bunny had to made.

I’ve named her August after the month she was ‘born’ in!

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to take part in a ‘blog hop’ by two lovely blog friends, Mia and Gill, you can find their respective blog hop posts here and here. If you haven’t already read their posts I would urge you to do so and find out what inspires these two very creative, talented ladies.

I was supposed to do my post last week but as you all know life dealt us a cruel blow and despite having a lot of the post ready it was the furthest thing from my mind, however this week I decided to knuckle down and get it finished and I have actually found going through my photo archives quite therapeutic.

So on with the questions!

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What am I working on?

Bunnies!!! Always bunnies!

At the end of every month just after my Etsy bunny sale, I think to myself I must do something else, then the ideas start flowing for new rabbits and off I go bunnying again.

I do have quite a few crochet blankets on the go and occasionally I’ll do a square or row on one of those but basically it’s all about the bunnies at the moment.

One day though I’m going to make a quilt, I really am!!!

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How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well this is a hard question to answer. There are many bunny makers out there, it is definitely not a new concept but I think that mine have a look of their own and I certainly hope that they would be immediately recognised as a ‘Green Rabbit’ bunny.

They are unique little individuals, I never repeat them which is good for anyone who owns one and most definitely good for me as it keeps it all fresh!

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Why do I create what I do?

I have always been interested in making things, as a child I was always drawing and in the years since I have tried many crafts. I suppose up until a year or so ago I would have described myself as a knitter but nowadays its mostly crochet. I do of course knit the bunny’s little cardies and sew their dresses but I do love my crochet hook.

I love rabbits and have made many over the years to other peoples patterns but I suppose it was inevitable that I would eventually get around to making my own design.

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How does my creative process work?

Well I am influenced mostly by the seasons and I like to make the bunnies to fit in where we are in the year. I’m not one for making ahead of time which is why you will never find ‘Christmas in July’ around here!!! If you want to see a Christmas bunny you need to come back in November at the earliest.

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The first of my ‘August Girls’ is a back-to-school girl called Saffi which means ‘wise’ in Danish. I have also made another little summer girl this month inspired by bunting and her name is Garland. Both of these girls were inspired by the fabric which their dresses are made from. Sometimes though it can be a particular button or even the colour of a ball of yarn.

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I find my garden very inspiring and many of the rabbits are a result of what grows in it. I love flowers and there have been and without a doubt will be many more bunnies named after flowers.

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Our many trips out and about offer lots of inspiration too, for example Heather and Clover were the result of many walks this summer in mountains and the countryside and by the many photos taken of the flora in those places.

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Naming them is a lot of fun as well and I love researching the meaning of names.

Ideas will just pop into my head too and I have a book with over seventy more bunny ideas in it and I’m adding to it all the time, so I’m not about to run out ideas just yet!

I am having a lot of fun with the rabbits, probably the most creative fun I’ve ever had.

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So many thanks again to Mia and Gill for kindly nominating me and my bunnies for the blog hop and also for their patience in waiting for me to post.

The nature of the blog hop is to pass it on and I have decided to pass it on to the lovely Jenny of Bobby Bunny & Friends. If you’ve not visited Jenny before you are going to love what she does, she is a very talented illustrator and when you see her work you will know exactly why I love it. Jenny can also be found on Etsy and Facebook.

So please go over and give Jenny a visit and say hello, she is also doing her blog hop post today, you are going to love Bobby and all his little friends.

Poppy Collage

Just popping in to share the last of my bunnies for the month.

This little one has been named Poppy.

Sundae Collage

This bunny has been crocheted in strawberry coloured yarn with a chocolate cardigan fastened with a triple scoop cone, she has a vanilla ribbon with a pistachio button in her ear…….I’m sure you’ve worked out the ice-cream connection, her name is Sundae!

Poppy and Sundae will be joining all the other ‘July Girls’ in my Etsy shop today (Thursday 31st).

Marieta Collage

Honey Collage

Virginia Collage

Marigold Collage

Marieta, Honey and Virginia will be listed at 10.00am (BST) and Sundae, Marigold and Poppy at 10.00pm (BST).

Happy Thursday! :)

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I think my favourite colour in the garden is orange, whether it’s a sunny day or a rainy day the one colour that really stands out is orange.

I have had quite a few orange flowers this summer…lilies, geums, nasturtiums and pretty little marigolds.

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So vibrant!

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Of course as is nearly always the case I like to turn them into bunny versions.

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Say hello to Marigold!

Happy new week. :)

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It’s been a while since I’ve shown any bunnies on my blog so I thought it was time for a little catch up but before the bunnies a little posy of flowers from the garden, looking pretty in my kitchen at the moment.

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As you know I don’t do bunny commissions, I only make to stock my shop but occasionally I make bunnies for personal reasons and this month I have made two, Pearl and Elizabeth, who I can now show you as they are now in their new homes.

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I have also been making my ‘July Girls’ and have three ready for my shop update, from left I would like to introduce you to, Marieta (which means ladybird in Catalan), Honey (who’s name needs no explanation) and Virginia (named after the little wild virginia strawberry).

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I do hope to have some more ready before the end of July when they will all be listed in my Etsy shop.

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Thanks for all your visits and comments on my recent posts, it’s always lovely to hear from you and I’m glad you enjoyed a little trip around some of Northern Ireland with me.

Wishing you all a happy new week! :)

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