A cheeky little fellow

Hello, and welcome to the first FO of 2010!

Meet Herbert, a cute but mischievous and vain hare. This is the first time I’ve knitted a toy (if you don’t count three bunny nuggets last Easter) and though it involved a lot of seaming, it was heaps of fun. As well as the satisfaction of a quick knit, I was spurred on by the inexorable emergence of Herbert’s personality. I can’t say I’ve ever stayed up knitting a hat, or anything else for that matter, because it has a kick-arse personality.

The pattern is Humphrey Hare from the Knitted Odd-bod Bunch by Donna Wilson—a book as quirky as the store in Bellingen I picked it up in. The yarn is less than one ball of Naturally Vienna. I made a few modifications to the pattern since I was using a heavier weight yarn than it called for—basically I didn’t want Herbert to be huge. I halved all the stitch counts and cut out a few rows (so he wouldn’t look too thickset) mostly at random—but you already know that most of my knitting is rather slapdash. The project is Ravelled here.

Herbert lost no time in exploring, poking his wee nose into places he shouldn’t,

and trying to tell me how I should spin my wool.

A gentle reprimand was in order, but Herbert replied ‘I’m the most important person around here! I can do what I like!’

However, he did come creeping for a sheepish I’m-sorry hug later on.

It was lovely to meet Herbert, but it was brief: he’s already been packaged up and is on his way to someone rather special, whose birthday is coming up soon. If you think this is you, watch the post! There’s a proud but friendly hare coming your way.

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3 Responses to “A cheeky little fellow”

  1. Jejune Says:

    Herbert is wonderful – a rabbit with attitude! Sounds like you need to make a brother or sister for Herbert, to boss you around at your place ;)

  2. Jejune Says:

    PS I LOVE the photo of him peeking out the door … brilliant!

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