Monday, November 14, 2011

The Transformation of the Bunny Rabbit

Did you ever have one of those days when you woke up and knew with fearful certainty that absolutely nothing else would be accomplished until you had knit yourself an extremely tiny specimen of Oryctolagus cuniculus?

Fortunately, in preparing Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi, Anna Hrachovec (the benevolent queen of had anticipated this eventuality and provided a pattern. It took about thirty minutes scratch to my itch.

Stage One

Cute, right? Yes. But...pedestrian. Unremarkable.

The eyes had to go. Too predictable. Bigger. Brighter. Caffeinated.

Stage Two


Then, a haircut that didn't look like a haircut. Something tousled and shaggy, probably unwashed, maybe styled with an ironic nod to the 1970s and The Doobie Brothers but decidedly modern in color.

Stage Three

And a piercing, of course.

Stage 3-B

I was going to complete the makeover by knitting the bunny an extremely small Death Cab for Cutie t-shirt, but he had decided this post was So Over.

Stage Four


Cathy said...


Joel Derfner said...

You are a brilliant genius.

Anonymous said...

Never had One of Those Days, but I feel one coming on. Elisabeth

Kayten said...

You could do one of these as a measuring tape cover for Abigail as a stocking stuffer. Pull by a foot, I believe. Or put the tail off to the side.

knittergran said...

Love, love, love the piercing!

littleredyarn said...

Love this!

Anonymous said...

This totally explains the corgi I suddenly had to produce one day from Knit Your Own Royal Wedding and the two moles that came from another source (a Rowan book? can't recall right now). Your last tag explains it all.

Whirlybird said...

Thank god the piercing was in the ear. I was afraid to scroll down and had my pearls all ready for clutching.

Anonymous said...

You are my hero.

SusieQ100 said...


Kari said...

Love Anna and Mochimochiland, and you Franklin... because you have this effortless way with a post that's both specific and farther reaching at the same time. I adore tiny knits, but beware! They can become an addiction... Mochicrack... Hehehe

Peppermint Mocha Mama said...

Just one more reason why I love stopping your world... always good for a bright spot in my day.

Ed said...

Ha! Is that Bodhidharma rolling his eyes in the background?

Wool Free and Lovin' Knit said...

Glad you got that out of your system!

Anonymous said...

Love the purple bunny...piercing and all. And the dreadlocks sum up the bad bunny perfectly. -- Joe-in Wyoming

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Bunny love ... I like a rabbit with attitude ;D

jen gray said...


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Susan (and SmokeyBlue in spirit) said...

And definitely bunny-ish. That is so exactly what they do when they are done with you.

Seanna Lea said...

You have an adorable punk bun. I think it is 100 times better with the caffeine eyes.

Gecika said...

His piercing made me giggle at work

SomeBunnysLoveDOTcom said...

LOVE IT!! =:8

anne marie in philly said...

the mind of franklin habit is a curious thing indeed!

FiberQat said...

Isn't that Rabbitch?

Anonymous said...

I loved all the pictures ... but the one with the piercing made me SQUAWK with delight!

Sue said...

Gotta love a bunny with attitude.

YogaNan knits, too... said...

Thanks for making me smile and giggle on a grey & cloudy day!

Anonymous said...

He is a wonderfully demented creation!

Doortje said...

Watch out, those tiny knits are very addictive

Rabbitch said...

There can never be enough small bunnies.

Winterhart said...

I love that book! The armadillo makes a very nice turtle if you knit the shell in a variegated brown color and the body in green ;-)

Riin said...


Sqquee said...

That is so super cute...actually looks like one of my cousins.

Gamma22 said...

I amused but calm until I saw the stitch marker piercing. Then I snorted...thank God I didn't have a mouthful of coffee!

CeltChick said...

My thought after reading this one: "oh c**p, he's done it again". I'll have to wake the DiscoDame so she can see this.

Pretty Knitty said...

OMGosh! The Panopticon meets mini-mochi...two of my favorite faves, together at last! Love it...

Kate said...

Gamma22 - I did have the mouthful of coffee...still looking out through a daguerreotype haze....

Anonymous said...

Am having a perfectly horrible November (it all began with that freakish show storm lat month) and I needed a good laugh. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I have learned to never have a mouthful of coffed while reading a new post from you. This was hilarious! The hair, eyes and piercing--just screams attitude!

kath1996 said...

any words of wisdom on how to get the coffee off of my computer screen? Thanks for the morning laugh

Wendy said...

you think you have problems. I've just completed a life-size whippet and am currently working on an aardvark. I am, officially, beyond help. Save yourself. Never step over into the dark side of crochet, that way madness lies...

Sarah said...


Jerilyn said...

Love it. You crack me up. See you in Seattle!

Pamela said...

Love it. I never do my toys as they are recommended. (Why do I even knit toys, there's no practicle use for them. I battle this addiction daily.)

kathy b said...

hee heee. So funny bunny.
Check out my image of Chicago ,on my blog today please, teacher.

I happened to be walking through the zoo and noticed the light was so lovely...

Anonymous, too said...

And yet, I can see this bunny, like his creator, lounging on a chaise, sipping a glass of port while reading Jane Austen or one of the Brontes. . .

Heidi said...

Green dreds - tee hee!

woolythinking said...

I had this issue with a chicken from the same book this morning. I knitted two, but neither were as hip as your bunny. On the other hand, a friend of mine squeed this afternoon when I handed her one, so it was definitely a win.

siouxbarrett said...

I can't say I ever had that particular hankering when I woke up, but I do know the feeling. And if I ever do get that hankering, I will know precisely what to do with it. I will give it to you... that is one cool bunrab!

NiC said...

Franklin, ur going to be in NY soon and oh so tempted to take a class it hurts...hands down my favorite blogger

Eileen said...

Ah, talk to the tail!

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Thank god the piercing was in the ear. I was afraid to scroll down and had my pearls all ready for clutching.

Eren Mckay said...

The best factor about training a five-year-old to knit is referring to stamp collecting with a five-year-old. One of my nieces discovered on Easter time and she LOVES to talk about her stamp collecting with me.


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