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17 November 2015

The making of Maggie

She came into my life as a flat pack kit all the way from Alicia Paulson in Oregon. The kit was beautifully presented, with good quality materials, and it was a pleasure to work on.

She arrived in August - the makings of a little rabbit.


I didn't get around to sewing her until a rainy Friday afternoon a couple of weeks ago. Most of the time I spent hand sewing her, I listened to country music, my newest obsession.


Slowly she came together. The ears first, because that was my favourite fabric in the kit, and then her purple shawl.

She was impatient to have me sew her dress but other things took precedence and it took a while to get around to it.

When the dress was finished, she sat on my box of cottons waiting for her boots.

Then the boots took shape.
And I struggled for the first time with the project - doing up the laces on the boots. I had to undo it five times before I got it right.  When I left my desk to do something in the house, Jamie would bring in a little Lego animal that he'd just made and silently leave it next to whatever I was working on - this one was a cat.

And now she's finished.

I decided to knit her a little smock to go over her dress. The pattern, again from Alicia, advises circular needles and I don't have any that are such a small size. So I'm trying the pattern on flat needles. Maybe it will work, maybe it won't. We'll see. Soon I'll wrap her so she can be given to a very special baby girl in my life. I hope she likes her as much as I do.



40 comments:

  1. I think Alicia is in the U.S., no?

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  2. Miss Maggie is just beautiful. I have that pattern myself & now you have inspired me to get it out & make her up.

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    1. I have this kit too - even the same fabric (I think!) I really need to get my kit out and make Maggie!

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  3. How beautiful Rhonda! Lucky baby girl who is going to receive her.
    Have a wonderful day!

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  4. You have made her well. She is so cute. Someone will be very lucky to get her.
    Rosezeeta

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  5. Too beautiful for words. Your special little one will love it I'm sure and will be wrapped in the love that created it.

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  6. How lovely she is, Rhonda. There is a lucky baby girl out there, who, I am sure, will enjoy the little rabbit for years!

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  7. Oh MY! This is so adorable! A wonderful keepsake made with loving hands.
    A wonderful project to do with kids too. When my girls were younger we made whales, hens and turtles out of extra fabric and buttons and filled them with sea sand from the beach that we have stayed at every summer since they were born. Making memories =)
    Vicki
    Trinidad & Tobago

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  8. That is so cute! I love the boots most of all. If you keep listening to country music around Maggie she'll be wanting a cowgirl hat :)

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  9. What a beautifull kit, I think your rabbit turned out very lovely
    Manon

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  10. So beautiful and again a lucky future family heirloom. Love Randy Travis too - although he is not looking a well man lately.

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  11. She's a little treasure, and what a delight it must have been to work on her. She looks like a Maggie too : )

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  12. Well done Rhonda! She is lovely & I am sure your granddaughter will love her. Maybe a couple of little boys too!!

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  13. She's just gorgeous. I've linked her to my Facebook page so that my grand-daughter who lives in Geneva and just loves rabbits can see her.

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  14. That is so lovely! I love hand stitching things. I really should give something like this a go.

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  15. That is so cute. I just love her. I am sure someone will love her for years to come. I still have the teddy bear my daddy brought me for my first Christmas. (I was born on Christmas Eve) So he is 63 almost 64.

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  16. So cute! I love her cunning whiskers! I have a kit for a doll that you have inspired me to pull out and put together for my coming granddaughter... if I can stop knitting long enough! Dear, dear bunnie! I'd love to see the finished smock!

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  17. While you still have her, make a pattern to make another dress or two for her. In a couple of years that 'special little girl' will be wanting to changer her clothes. Miss Maggie is darling.

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  18. She is just darling, Rhonda.. Your wee girl will love her.. xo

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  19. She's beautiful, Rhonda. And I'm sure she'll be carted everywhere and loved to death - literally. Bringing to mind the conversation between Skin Horse & Rabbit (Velveteen Rabbit). Now that's love.

    Have you heard of the 'magic loop' method of knitting small things on long circular needles? I found it on You Tube some time back and its been a fantastic trick to know as I prefer using circular needles when I can.

    Also thanks for reinstating the ability to post comments via 'anonymous'.

    Maddie

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    1. Hi Maddie, thanks for letting me know about the magic loop. I'll have a look on you tube.

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  20. Wow...such a beautiful keepsake that someone will treasure. You have done a lovely job. Have you ever tried the magic loop method of "knitting-in-the-round"? It is quite easy once you learn how and means that you can use, circular needles with longer length cables, for your small circumference knitting. Cassy

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    1. Hi Cassy, thanks for this. I haven't heard of magic loop so I'll look into it.

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  21. I love the rabbit. She is just beautiful. I also love your choice of music. My favorite Randy Travis song of all time is Forever and Ever Amen.

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  22. Your little rabbit is darling! I think many little people are going to enjoy playing with her....

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  23. Oh she is just soo sweet! Love her boots so much too. She looks a lot like my little sister's "Mrs Rabbit" except she had no boots and a big carrot in her apron pocket. She was loved so much that she kept needing mending. My sister still has her I believe. Thanks for sharing. Love Jamie's lego cat, sweet boy. Pam in Norway

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  24. awww she is adorable!
    hope we get to see her in her knitted smock too
    am sure she will be cherished for many years
    thanx for sharing
    selina from kilkivan qld

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  25. She's gorgeous Rhona!!! Chapeau for you! Gerry from France

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    1. Hello Gerry! I've been thinking of you and your beautiful country. I am still using your pin cushion. It is always close at hand when I sew.

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  26. Rhonda, she is beautiful, and I love the extra touches you've made. Alicia has a wonderful style to her designs. Bless you!

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  27. Hello from Paula in Chicago, 3rd largest city in U.S.! You're in comment section of recent Alicia Paulson blig, Posie Gets Cozy! She also sells her patterns as PDF via email. Now you simply must make Basil Fox for your grandsons! I've sewn him, he's adorable too! Enjoy your day!

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  28. * Blog
    I'm knitting a Blueberry scarf for Basil Fox :-)

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  29. I have Basil Fox watching over me in my studio :) isn't alicia amazing! You should try her Swedish meatballs, I keep a stash in my freezer! You two are my favourite bloggers so it's an extra treat to see you sort of "together" here on your blog. <3 Your Maggie turned out great, and isn't it nice using that thick luxurious sturdy felt. Love, Moey

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  30. The little boots are my favourite

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  31. Beautiful, job well done. Hope your granddaughter loves Maggie Rabbit, such a lovely gift to treasure.

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  32. Happy New Year Rhonda. What a lovely rabbit, will check out Alicia's website to maybe get the pattern. Best wishes from Tassie .... on a hot and sunny day.

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