Ingenuity or Desperation?

There’s a lot more than meets the eye with this little bunny… A picture can tell a thousand words, no? Well take a closer look; On the shelf next to it, you’re right, that’s a plain old paperclip bent into some strange contortionist’s shape.

This fellow was created during my recent hospitalization. Nothing too special about that… Except for how it was done. After two weeks or so into my stay, I was informed that my manic crafting was somehow detrimental to my progress, and my worst fear came true – They took away all of my yarn, hooks, and needles. I was near suicide.

So headstrong was I, there was no way I was going to take this torture sitting down. Throwing caution to the wind, I reached for a failed attempt at a crocheted slipper, and began ripping as if my sanity depended on it (Which isn’t too far from the truth.) Soon I had my raw materials, but what about the tools? I first reached for a pen. Attempting to bend the little metal clip into a hook, I found little success; It was far too smooth to actually catch the yarn, and too wide to really fit through any of the stitches a second time.

Moving on with haste, I dug through my drawers and pulled out a pair of tweezers. Unconventional maybe, but who knows? I was willing to give anything a shot. Sadly, it was even less effective than the previous attempt. Absolutely nothing, not a stitch could be made on this limp length of yarn.

I was stuck. What could be a hook? What was small enough? What would bend. I paced; I raved. Something had to be done soon or I would loose it. Crafting is the only thing that keeps me going, my raison d’etre.

Suddenly, I had it. The answer sat gleaming up at me from my desk – A paperclip. Working as fast as my hands could move, I lengthened the piece of metal and fashioned a little hook on the end. It was perfect. In no time, I was crocheting again, and I came up with this, a sweet little pink bunny. You would never have imagined its unusual birth just by looking at this picture, so maybe a thousand words really don’t do this guy justice.

Oh, and in addition? The eyes and nose, those are the insides of googlie eyes cut open, too.

10 thoughts on “Ingenuity or Desperation?

  1. Your determination & resourcefulness both amaze and inspire me….. now, I am off to experiment with paper clips and other possible replacement tools! :) Toodles!

  2. Hi BitterSweet,
    Yesterday was BlogDay 2006, so I put you on my list of blogs. Just think, if they ban knitting needles or crochet hooks on airplanes, you’ll know how to use paperclips!

  3. haha…I love it!! I think we all know what that feels like. I will NEVER go to the doctors office without my yarn again. On a different note, I told my daughter that I would be a class mom, and teach her class a craft. I have been racking my brain trying to figure out how to teach 15-20 first graders the art of crochet. I might be an avid crocheter, but I don’t have that many hooks. This might be a good idea for them. I’ll have to try it out on my daughter first. If anyone else has an idea for that, gimee a shout! I would definately appreciate it.

  4. wow, that’s incredible. i’m defintatally impressed. how did the doctors react after they saw you paperclip and bunny?

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