If January and February were all about hats, March has been all about the rabbits. I've been busy knitting little Easter egg cozies. It all started because I received one as a gift with part of a yarn swap.
This one is made out of leftover Noro. It fits perfectly on a Cadbury creme egg. I immediately fell in love with this Huggie Bunnies pattern by Sandra Paul and cast on for my first bunny.
I liked it so much. I modified the original pattern by adding whiskers, googly eyes and a pompom tail.
And thus the craze began.
I made three with the odds and ends of worsted weight yarn I had leftover from my hats. I used the larger googly eyes and added pompom tails. Cute!
I made nine more for Lindaly with the leftover worsted weight yarn - Encore Worsted - from her I Heart Blanket. This time, I opted out of the pompom tails.
Then I thought, "Why not make some naturally colored bunnies?" So I did.
And then it dawned on me. These little cozies are multiplying like, well, rabbits.
There was just one problem. I don't like Cadbury creme eggs. And I most definitely don't need that much chocolate laying around the house.
So I played with the pattern and enlarged it slightly to fit a plastic egg or a medium-large egg from an actual chicken. And two more bunny cozies were born.
And before you knew it, I had unearthed every bit of wool, acrylic and even some cotton (and Cashmerino, too!) in worsted weight yarn to make one bunny of every single color under the rainbow. Such fun. They were too fun. In fact, I liked them so much that I couldn't bear to part with them for their intended recipient. So I made another set to give away.
I knit 18 more rabbits in six different pastel-ish colors for the Jackson Recovery Center's Women & Children's Center's Easter Party. Since these were going to children of all ages (including infants and toddlers) I sewed eyes on and omitted the pompom tails.
Finally, I knit a few more colored bunnies to add to my rainbow collection. I haven't added faces yet - but they're in my family room and they make me very hoppy.
They're so cheerful that I smile every time I see them.
If I counted correctly, I knit 96 bunnies this past month. I think this knitting frenzy has run its course.