Rabbits : Knitty.com - First Fall 2020


Amy, Knitty's editor, loves rabbits and has lived with several. Meet them here.


The rabbits of Knitty


Yes, this is a knitting magazine, but sometimes you need to take a moment, put down your needles and rub the bunny.

This was Newton (left) (1993-2005). She was the most adorable, loving, softest rabbit on earth. She was litter trained, came when called and gave kisses. For hours.

A few months after her 11th birthday, her body wore out and she left us. But her joyous spirit lives on. I really miss her.


Squeeze and BoeingMeet the spayed sisters (right): Boeing [6+lbs -- 2005-2015] and Squeeze [4lbs - 2005-2019]. Boeing didn't give kisses; Squeeze does. Boeing occasionally enjoys being held and cuddled; Squeeze will rip your lips off if you try. Watching them take care of each other is a pleasure I'd only imagined. They are immaculately clean, because they're always grooming each other. Like sisters, sometimes they cuddle, sometimes they can't be far enough away from each other. Who needs tv?

Squeeze lived to the remarkable age of 13 before her body gave out. She lived the last 2 years of her life on Toronto Island with her dad. Lucky girl.


NewtonThis is Tully (left). 2016-December 17, 2018

Tully was abandoned in a field with his two brothers in a huge plastic bin. What kind of person would abandon that face? He lived with Amy for a much-too-short 2 years, before pneumonia got him and took him away.

Tully was super affectionate, extra chill, yet also the most vicious biter Amy's ever met. She still has the scars. He was a fabulous road-trip companion and loved food more than any rabbit ever has. Man, we miss him.


SchmooleyThis is Rabbi Schmooley ben Timothy, a tiny Harlequin something or other, rescued from the Alliston Humane Society in 2019. If you look at him from a certain angle, you can almost see a little yarmulke on his head (a trick of his coloring), and that's where he got his name. He's very small, very soft, very curious and gently takes pellets from Amy's hand with his very sweet and tiny mouf. Amy may miss Tully very much but she doesn't miss his bites.

Amy's looking forward to getting to know him as he grows up.


If you want to adopt a bunny, visit the House Rabbit Society to learn more about rabbits as housepets. They're wonderful pets, but they require different care than cats or dogs, and you and the bunny will be happier if you understand who you're bringing into your household.

I found Tully on Petfinder and the House Rabbit Society rescues thousands of bunnies as well. There are so many abandoned rabbits that need permanent, loving homes. Oh, and if you adopt an angora, you can knit a sweater from your bunny's cast-off fur! There's an article in that, isn't there?