This week I finally decided on a suitable yarn for Betty Bunny which will constitute half of the Year of Projects list item "a toy for each of my children". I chose Wendy Norse Chunky (in Drift and Arctic) in the Deramores sale for just over £2 a ball, and have to say that I am delighted with the way it's knitting up - soft, a little fluffy and very smooth to knit on my KnitPro Novas. It's 50% wool/ 50% acrylic and I'm hoping it'll be cuddly but hardy enough to withstand plenty of love as she is going to be quite big - just look at the size of those ears!
The pattern comes from Let's Knit magazine. (If you've missed it in the shops but have an iPad/iPhone it can be downloaded from the iTunes App store.) It is knit flat and the instructions are very simple and easy to follow so far. I think it would make a good project for a beginner, although there are one or two minor stitch count errors (unless I've totally lost the ability to subtract small numbers and/or knit). With chunky yarn and 6mm needles, this is a really quick project and I think it could be done in a day or so (a great last minute gift?)... unless you are stealth knitting it when your children aren't looking. Then you should expect it to take much longer.
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