I was gardening in the front yard the other day. I was just about to pick up a small pine cone when I froze and stared…this little pine cone was furry? What on earth…? I turned it over with a stick, still not sure what I was looking at.
Then I saw its face. It must have dropped down from the pine tree because of the cold weather overnight.
Not wanting Poppy to come into contact with the bat or me stepping on the little creature, I moved it to a palm tree by the roadside. It was hanging upside-down and it was not happy of being moved.
After a while, it settled down and slept the day away in the shade. Came night fall it was gone.
I have never seen a bat up close before. I am relieved to find out that this bat eats insects and bugs, and it is not a blood sucker.
I was planning to post this on Sunday, but I might not have a chance to do it because it is Chinese New Year, so I will post it now.
It is not often you have Chinese New Year and St. Valentine's Day on the same day. February also marks my first year in Blogland (February 26 to be exact). So to commemorate all three events, I thought it would be a nice gesture to offer bunny girl to a good home.
Here's bunny girl with her little pink dress and red shoes. All 9½ inches tall to the top of her head. 11¾ inches with the ears. So if you would like bunny girl to join your family, just leave a comment and tell me what you would like to name her if she is yours. Please note: I want bunny girl to go to a loving forever home. Please don’t name her if you don’t intend to keep her. The cut off date for naming the bunny is Friday midnight Florida time on 25 February 2010. The winner will be randomly selected.
Frances, Ekaterina, if you are reading this, you know you and your blog friends are welcome to name the bunny.
Bunny, dress and shoes are all knitted in the rounds, no seams, all embroidery stitched, no button is used.
Dress and shoes can be removed. You put the dress on over the head like you would put on a T-shirt.
The economy is not good right now, so looking for work is hard anyway. In my case it is harder still. Potential employers are concerned about my skills because I have not been able to work for the last 6 years.
Late one afternoon I was asked by a recruitment agency to take some on-line tests to assess my accounting and Excel skills. Poppy was hungry and she wanted her walk. But I really needed to do these tests. My husband is working away from home this week. So I could only ask Poppy to wait for me.
The questions got harder as I went along, and still there were more to come…I pushed on, by the time I looked up, it was dark outside. Poppy has been waiting for a long time and was becoming impatient. She came over, nudged me, telling me to stop.
I stopped for a few minutes and gave Poppy some love and attention. I tried telling Poppy, not long to go now, on the last test already, just few more questions.
Next day, I got the test results. I did very well for the first test, OK on the second one, but not so good on the third one. When I took a closer look at the last test score, one question stood out. It showed that I spent 6 minutes on that question. Yup, that’s my Poppy score, 6 minutes of cuddles and kisses.
Perhaps Poppy knew how I was feeling; she stays very close to me this week. We resumed our raking today. The rain stopped work for a few days. Then the weather turned cold and windy again. Areas I have cleared are now covered by fresh fallen pine cones, pine needles and bamboo leaves. When I went outside to deposit the garden waste by the road side, Poppy made sure she was close by. Can you see her? A close-up. Can you see her now?
The pattern for this bunny is to knit it in flat pieces and then sew them together. I tried to avoid as much sewing as possible by knitting it in the rounds. The body parts: a head, a body, two ears and a tail. I changed the ears a bit and made up the tail myself rather than using a white pompom as suggested by the pattern.
Here is the bunny girl. I knitted her in the nude.
Since she is a babe, I am covering her modesty with a green leaf for now. I need to sort out her wardrobe next.
We have a week of good weather last week, and then it started raining yesterday. Just as well, I need a rest from all those raking and gardening work.
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Materials: The pattern asks for Double Knitting yarn. I used Red Heart Sport in fawn beige colour which is slightly thicker than DK. Knitting needle size: 3.50mm