Tuesday, 19 February 2013

What makes a bunny happy?

This is Ned.

He truly is a happy bunny. Not only is he living beyond all reasonable expectations (he is at least eight and his lop eared hutch mate - Fudge - popped her paws several years ago) , but he is living it with such gay abandon. He spends his days frolicking around the garden feasting on such seasonal treats as the newly emerging buds of my beloved wild primroses - and basically anything else he can spot.

Those plants that I have tried to protect by planting them in pots have proved particularly delightful.  With these he can fashion a method to scale the pot, make a lovely little nest, sunbathe for a bit -  and then eat said plant.

He loves to snuggle up alongside Jessie Dog when the sun is shining and often shares some seed with our resident robin. What's not to be happy about?

I, on the other hand, am not a happy bunny.

Some time ago I decided that it would be a lovely idea to create a crochet blanket masterpiece such as those that I'd been seeing all over Ravelry, made up of lovely starburst granny squares.

 After my first two squares realism kicked in and I downsized my thinking. If I managed sixteen I could make a perfectly respectable cushion like this one.

 It was a portable project and travelled around with me for many months. I searched through my stash and found complementary colours, diligently mixing them so that they would be used in equal amount.
I proudly gazed at each one as I stitched in the loose ends and spent a long time planning which order they would go in - different colour backgrounds in each row both across and down.

 At this point my happiness rating was on a par with Ned.

Then I stitched them together. Hmm.

Then I pinned the cover out to block. Double hmm.

My happiness rating was on the dip down.
What on earth was going on with the corners?

Why are those ugly gaps there?

What should I do?
Do I forget the whole thing and frog it?
Do I painstakingly take it all apart stitch by stitch and start again ( please noooooooo!)
Or do I go ahead and make up the cushion but put it somewhere low key?
Has this happened to anyone else and is there an obvious way to stop it happening again?
Should I retire to the garden and eat the primroses?
Is there any way to restore this bunny's happiness?



  1. I love the grannies! I definitely think that frogging would be a bad idea! I don't think the gaps look bad to be honest. I think it's going to make a lovely cushion cover :)
    And Ned is such a cutie! With a sweet little face like that he can get away with some occasional plant eating! Elisabeth x

  2. I'm very tempted to buy another bunny after seeing Ned!! I'd keep your grannies as they are and then keep the cushion for prosperity. Take care. Chel x

  3. This post made me chuckle! I love Ned, what a cheeky bunny he is!
    And I'm sure your cushion will be lovely once it's made up with a lining - just tell everyone the gaps are meant to be there!
    Angie x

  4. Did you sew or crochet the blocks together? For me I would have finished each block with a round of double crochet. This makes each square look a little more solid before sewing them. And then I would crochet all the squares together. This makes it look better again. Hope that this helps.
    Rosie x

  5. Your granny squares look great.All I would do is to do one or two rows of dc round the outside.That will square it up and also firm it up.You should be very proud of it and no way frog it!!!A blanket next methinks.

  6. Some people try for ages to get this lacy effect!! I think it looks lovely and when put with a lining and made into a cushion I'm sure you'll love your first effort.

  7. We are leading parrellel lives just now. I am soon to post about my unhappiness with my big blanket .over 500 squares ahhhhhh . Too late to frog It methinks! Perfectionism is not a trait to encourage... Actually all looks good to me. But agree a border will soon sort things out. Not for my project though

  8. I don't think there's anything wrong with your corners. Let's put it this way, if there is, then I've been doing it wrongly for years!! Please don't rip it out. Sew them up, put the cushion where you like it best and I'm sure you'll be very proud of it when you're done. :o)


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