I was so excited when I saw the two new arrivals to the Bunny Garden; the first this Spring. They’re a continuation of the ongoing evolution of my hand knit bunny creations that began a little over a year ago. Each bunny is one-of-a-kind & I never know who he or she is until they’re totally finished. I’m always excited to see who emerges from the crossing of two needles and a ball of yarn.
The first arrival this Spring was Olivia. As it turned out, Olivia was just passing through the garden- (she sold immediately,) Assembling her, a little voice in my head said, Hmm~ I wonder how she’d look if I attached her ears more behind her head- kind of like this- and I held them about where I thought they should be… They might look cute that way! I’ve seen bunnies hold their ears like that before- and certainly if she was a lop her ears would be like that… but what if they didn’t look good? Once I sew them on I can’t take them off without ruining the bunny-
Then another little voice sounded in my head~ Why take a chance? Just sew them on top of her head like the others, where you know they’ll look good- Yes, but… Back and forth the two voices went- until I couldn’t stand it anymore. I held the ears up to the back of her head one more time~ took a deep breath and began sewing them- onto the back of her head. Once I’d finished sewing them on, I looked at her and she seemed to have a little grin on her face. She looked back at me~ (I could swear I saw her wink~ ) with a grin that said, ” Yes!! I’m so cute now!”
That’s an example of the way my bunnies are constantly changing & evolving. I hadn’t planned on putting Olivia’s ears low on her head when I began to knit her. Each bunny is determined more by the shape of their head than anything else.
For some reason I don’t understand, every time I knit a new bunny their head shape ends up being different than any of the others that I’ve knit- even though I do the same things when knitting them. Once I see the head shape that I’m going to be working with, ideas start coming to mind, guiding me on how to best sculpt the head and stitch the facial features; my goal being to create a bunny that embodies the unique irresistible nature of live bunnies that I’ve known and loved so much over the years.
Finished just yesterday, Rebecca is the second of the new Spring bunnies to the garden this year. You can see the difference in head shapes, between Olivia’s, pictured above, and Rebecca’s, (to the left.) Rebecca’s head has a shorter, rounder shape than Olivia’s did. With Rebecca, I again experimented with the placement of her ears. I also tried to fill her little cheeks out a bit to go with her more rounded head shape, the way real bunny’s cheeks appear. I once had a Netherlands Dwarf bunny that Rebecca’s more compact, rounded face shape reminds me of. Soon I’ll be ready to begin another bunny. I’m curious to see what my next attempt with the needles is going to produce.
I wonder~ could this be the way a “real” bunny mom feels? Perhaps I’ve discovered the reason bunnies have such large families; they simply can’t wait to see who’s coming next-?