A while ago I broke a bone in my hand and found that knitting provided just the right physio exercise - and I wanted to create something quick and cute so Nonnie & Joefish was created.
I love making these little bunnies and mice - they are designed and handmade by me after experimenting with different gauge needles and yarns, and tweaking stitches here and there to get the best shape.
I work mainly with natural colour NZ grown yarns, alpaca for its silky softness, but Merino, Perendale, Corriedale and Romney yarns produce equally beautiful bunnies. The King Cole, Artesano and Rowan yarns are grown in Peru. On a recent trip to the UK I visited a spinning mill in Cornwall which specialises in wool from rare breeds sheep - Cornish Alpaca, Pure Cotswold, Pure Bluefaced Leicester, Shetland and Kent Lambswool, Pale Gotland, Pure Corriedale, and some beautiful worsted yarn from the Falkland Islands. These yarns are a delight to knit, each one producing a slightly different bunny - the finer yarns, a smaller bunny - the handspun yarns, a slightly slubby finish.
Fabric for the ears, and dresses is 100% cotton, and some pure linen fabrics from my quilting stash. Cardigans are made from the most luxurious Kid Mohair & Silk, (anyone remember Bunny wool boleros?) Tiny shell buttons on the garments are from a button tin used by two generations of my family - a treasure trove in itself.
(The bunnies are made for gentle play but like any soft toy can become a little misshapen over time. The filling can be coaxed and plumped back into place with a knitting needle or large darning needle).
Made with all new materials
I hope you enjoy browsing in my shop.
Annie. . .