I can’t think of a better way to spend a fall weekend than knitting a bunny in the mountains of North Carolina. Squishy yarn, gooey s’mores, and colorful trees set the scene for a wonderful weekend getaway.
When I booked our glamping trip to the Pisgah National Forest back in August, I had no idea how much we were going to need to get away. At that time I couldn’t have anticipated the rollercoaster we would be on for much of the fall. Thankfully things have calmed down and spending just a few days in the mountains was just what I needed to feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
If you want to read more about the trials and tribulations we endured this fall click here.
Definition of glamping:
A form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.Oxford Dictionary
‘glamping is likely to satisfy any city slicker seeking a little refuge in nature—without foregoing any of life’s luxuries’
When I discovered there was such a thing as “glamping” I was intrigued. I love being in the outdoors but I’m not a big fan of sleeping on the ground. Our family had a previous camping experience that ended with a skunk spraying our tent in the middle of the night…true story.
I made the reservation without doing a lot of research and crossed my fingers that my family and I would enjoy it. I’m typically not that spontaneous and my husband is usually the one to make travel plans. So with a wing and prayer we headed to Asheville, hoping my little expedition would be fun for all.
Originally I wanted to bring my granny square project with me but I started to worry about lugging something that large. I settled on another bunny project from JetKat. This pattern works up super quick and I knew I would be able to get quite a bit of it done overlooking a scenic autumn view. Knitting a bunny is one of my favorite pastimes and combining it with crisp mountain air was irresistible.
When we pulled into our glampsite I knew right away that we were going to enjoy our weekend. The cozy little yurt, as they called it, and the gorgeous fall foliage was exactly what I had imaged. There was a queen sized bed, a cot, and plenty of room for an air mattress. A small generator allowed us to charge our phones even though cell phone service was spotty at best.
There was small covered porch with two chairs, perfect for knitting. I comfortably sat there while my husband and boys trekked through the trails during a rainstorm. No thank you, I’ll just sit here, listening to the pitter patter of the droplets and the clicking of my needles.
One of my favorite things to do is hike. I walk our gorgeous dog, Jersey-boy every single day, rain or shine. Since he loves the outdoors as much as I do we brought him along on the trip. We knew he needed some quality time with us since the addition of our new rescue kitty, Olive. We also knew he would love the cool air and mountain streams. When the rain cleared out for a few hours, the five us took off for a hike.
The Appalachians are also known as the Great Smoky Mountains, and it’s an appropriate nickname. The clouds hover around the peaks in a way that adds mystery and beauty to this region. I never get tired of seeing it.
Knitting a Bunny
While I didn’t finish my knitted bunny at the glampsite I got quite a bit of it done while we were there. This pattern has been much more enjoyable the second time around. The first time I struggled with the cheap double point needles I originally purchased. I fumbled and bent the craft store brand, but this time I planned ahead and ordered a quality set.
Click here to read my full review of this pattern by JetKat.
Knitting a Bunny on ChiaoGoo DPNs
I actually did a little formal and informal research. During my investigation the ChiaoGoo brand kept coming up time and time again. The Amazon reviews were glowing and I had heard from several knitters I know personally that they love them. I decided to splurge and buy a set that included six different sizes and came in a cute, fabric carrying case.
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These needles didn’t bend one little bit, not even a teensy tiny smidgen. I’m hard on needles when I’m knitting toys so I was really impressed that I had no issues with these. They are made of stainless steel but not the super slippery kind. I would describe them like the brushed nickel metal fixtures you see in hardware stores. They are more of a matte finish and my stitches weren’t slipping off like I was afraid they would.
I love how cute my new knitted bunny turned out. I decided to give him a smiley face this time around, rather than the pouty frown I embroidered the last time. Changing something so simple really does make such a big difference. I also added a black and white striped scarf. It almost looks like a chevron pattern but it isn’t, I just alternated two rows of each color.
Thank you once again for stopping by the Le Petit Saint Crochet blog. I truly appreciate each and every one of you. Knowing that there are so many of you all over the world swinging by for a visit warms my heart. I just wish we could sit together in person over a hot pumpkin spice latte and craft together. I would love to hear from you! Where are you from and what is your favorite thing to make?