Earlier this year, when I was reaquainting myself with my knitting needles, I came across the Nugget Bunny pattern from Danger Crafts. It’s free and adorably snuggly. I thought these would make perfect Ostara gifts for my children while being a nice introduction to cable knitting and magic loop for myself.
Originally I had planned to make them out of different yarns, but sticker shock at JoAnn’s made me rethink that plan. I made all four (which are actually all aboutthe same size, as opposed to how they look in this picture) from one skein of some thick chunky type of cream yarn. However, as I made them, I still had the desire to differentiate them somehow. I began making little items from my stash of yarn.
I ended up with a wizard, a fairie, a king, and a cape. I think they turned out well and I wait to see the expressions on my children’s faces. I knitted them in plain sight, but I would only work on individual components at a time. My children tried guessing what they might be, but the closest guess was mittens.
I did alter the directions for the tail, as the pattern calls to make a pom-pom. I was concerned that the short yarn pieces might get pulled out, so I opted to make the tail by holding loops into one place where it attaches to the bunny. I rather like the alternate tails.
March’s Families, Create! challenge was filled with awesome animal-themed posts. From Mo Willems to monkey finger puppets, our writers and crafters kept busy getting creative with the little animals in their lives.
Visit Code Name: Mama and Living Peacefully with Children to find out how you can participate in the next Families, Create! Carnival. Our April theme is “Fantasy” – childhood is a fascinating time, filled with magic around every corner. What can your family imagine and create?
Please take time to read the March submissions by the other carnival participants:
- Lizz at Am I a Funny Girl turns a family outing at the zoo into a picture book to keep.
- Maman A Droit shares her easy pattern for a felt monkey finger puppet with you!
- The kids at Living Peacefully with Children celebrated the emergence of Spring with butterflies. Check out their Coffee Filter Butterfly mobile and Pipe Cleaner Art.
- Aunalise at My Sweet Potatoes offers helpful ways for a child to remember calming techniques with a “Calming your Beast” basket.
- Most of us have monkeys running around our house at times. Or lions. Or elephants. Make your child’s creative animal play even better with stuffed animal tails! Dionna at Code Name: Mama shares an easy tutorial.
- Galit Breen at These Little Waves shares an easy way to get creative with Mo Willems’ “We Are In A Book.”
- Maman A Droit shares her pattern for a felt bunny finger puppet-a perfect Easter basket filler!
- Brenna at Almost All The Truth shares a look at butterflies through metaphor, books and a coffee filter craft.
- Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children knitted some simple Nugget Bunnies for her children’s Ostara baskets while practicing a new technique.
- Amy at Anktangle shares photographs of crocheting a lovable stuffed turtle for her son to play with.
- Aunalise at My Sweet Potatoes knows a few ways to bring beneficial birds to the garden.
- Megan at Purple Dancing Dahlias shares a fun little first sewing project.
- Lauren at Hobo Mama has a fun and easy game to make to stimulate your preschooler’s memory.
- Using her children’s artwork as inspiration, Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children woodburned wooden eggs for them to color in honor of Spring.
- Aunalise at My Sweet Potatoes is making nature bags or field bags for nature journals and the other things we may need as we explore our planet.
- Animals are the inspiration for this set of handmade clay items for an I Spy bag at Living Peacefully with Children.