So. What do you do when you’ve committed to knitting a baby blanket, or something woollen any road, and once you’ve finished (ahem. run out of wool. hem hem) it’s a bit on the small side? Well, i’m sure if you were anyone else, then you’d probably rip it up and start again (rip it up! rip it up! rip it up and start again! love a bit of orange juice in the momrning). However, i was a bit bored and a lot caught for time so i had to put the thinking cap on and figure out what on earth to do with this rectangle of beige wool.
It was too small for a blanket. I’ve made a few small sized blankets now (obviously, some with more success than others. see the pink “blanket” i blogged about earlier) that were perfect for popping on over a tiny baby in a car seat or in a pram. this was a bit too short for that.
I tried to fold it up in an origami style to make a rabbit. it was too rectangular for that. plus i just couldn’t do it.
So. i turned it into this instead:
It’s a peanut rabbit dog! obviously!
Basically, i had a bag of (child friendly, fire retardent etc etc) stuffing, a single afternoon and a slight sense of panic as the tools to finish off this knitted thing. so i rolled it up a little bit. then thought that if i could figure out a way of folding the top into a triangle, i could fashion a couple of ears out of the corners, then stitch it all together and might have a rabbit.
please remember people, i was aiming for a rabbit.
I sewed the back of the peanut-rabbit-dog’s head up like so:
and then sewed it all the way up at the back, leaving a gap to shove lots and lots of stuffing into. i sewed the bottom of it (where i’d intended the feet to go. the feet! ah, i admire my innocence and idiocy at the thought i could fashion feet for this thing) so the finished result was sort of peanut shaped.
and then i stitched a very jolly little face to the front.
two days later i was able to present it to my newest nephew. i’m not entirely sure what he’ll make of it in the future, but at the moment i think his mum has plans to use it as a tiny little draught excluder.
(d’you like it?)