Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hippity Hoppity!

Just in time for Spring and Easter!

Like so many of my projects, this one started with someone asking if I could make a bunny hat. My default answer whenever anyone asks if I can make something is “presumably.” I’ve yet to find something I truly couldn’t figure out. It may not turn out exactly how it was originally envisioned, in fact it often doesn’t, but I can usually figure something out.

This may shock you, but I love knitting. I love knitting for the sake of knitting, I find it extremely relaxing and somewhat meditative under the right circumstances. But what I love most is a good challenge. Custom requests excite me because it gives me a chance to sit down with my needles and really think a project through.

There’s somewhat of a process to it. First there is the research phase. Colors and characteristics are very important both to the client’s preferences and when doing a known character, there needs to be continuity to help make it recognizable. So Google and I get down to business and I find a bunch of pictures to work with. Then I break things down to their basic shapes.

I get a kick out of it, I’m abysmal at math but knitting often forces me to use math skills I thought I’d never use outside of high school. Thank goodness for knitting counters and calculators!

Anyway, once I’ve broken things down, I get to figure out how to knit the shapes I need. At this point this is often straight forward but sometimes I still run into a shape that really makes me scratch my head. So I start my project, think I know what I’m doing, end up frustrated, swear at my yarn and needles, walk away for anywhere from a few hours to a couple weeks, finally figure that it’s easier than I was making it, feel silly for having such a hard time with it. At this point, I usually have multiple knit pieces sitting in front of me that don’t look like much disassembled. It never fails, every time I look at my pieces and how weird they look and think “there’s no way this is going to come together and look right”. But I plough on and start sewing things together and in the end, I’m usually quite happy with what my frustration and swearing hath wrought.

In any event, the focus of this particular blog is not what I go through when creating things, it is rather, this adorable bunny hat! I have always been a fan of any holiday that gives me an excuse to eat ham or leg of lamb (my family’s traditional Easter dinner options). I used to love decorating and hunting for Easter eggs when I was a kid too. So whether you celebrate Easter in it’s more traditional sense or just want a fun way to welcome the spring!

This hat is available in my Etsy shop with three bow options. However, it can be customized in just about any colors that strike your fancy. Just today I got a request for a pink hat and ears with a black bow. So don’t hesitate to comment here on the blog, on my facebook page, or convo me on Etsy!

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