Last summer at the Sheep and Wool festival, I found myself staring longingly at Jamie Harmon's rainbow yarn, wondering what I could make with it. The bright palette is perfectly kid-friendly, but the care instructions are less so (few parents I know are excited about receiving hand-wash only children's garments).
Then it came to me: a stuffed animal! Specifically, a rainbow bunny (especially perfect because the yarn is an angora blend).
The pattern is called "big cuddly bunny" and is intended to be made with bulky yarn, yielding a bunny measuring a plump 38 inches, but my rainbow cuddly bunny is a more portable 14 inches around.
I just love this yarn. I'm not normally a huge fan of variegated or self-striping yarns, but Jamie's are different. She spins hers in patterns using a base color (in this case, a rainbow pattern with a white thread spanning the whole thing), with beautiful results.
This little guy is perfectly squeezable and very sturdy -- I can picture him being dragged around lovingly by his ear.
Plus, he was insanely quick to make -- an easy weekend project. In the process, I learned some good lessons about using this kind of variegated yarn. I really wanted his ears to match, which meant that I had to break into a second ball to find a corresponding blue/green section. That wasn't too big a deal for the purpose of bunny ears, but it's a little wasteful and would be more important if you wanted sleeves to match on a sweater. More generally, the yarn is put to the best use with simple patterns knit in one piece. I'm already brainstorming about my next rainbow yarn project...