Many of you will remember the Toy Competition we hosted last January. This week we are very pleased to present our winner: Lopsy Rabbit! With big, floppy ears and an oversized pom-pom tail, Lopsy melts all our hearts. Available exclusively as a kit, we’ve bundled together all the yarn you’ll need plus the pattern, ready for you to make a Lopsy in your choice of two colourways.
We chatted with the designer, Thandi Pritchard, about how Lopsy came to be and what she likes to make this time of year — be sure to read to the end to find out how you can win a Lopsy kit in the colourway of your choice!
Did you always know you wanted to be a designer? Tell us about your crafting journey.
Yes! I definitely always knew I wanted to do something creative. My mom loves sewing and crafts, I get my creativity from her. She taught me how to sew & I started out making bags. When I was a bit older my aunt taught me how to crochet granny squares and thats where my passion for crochet started!
What do you do outside of designing?
I work as a footwear & accessories designer, so designing fills every minute of my day!
We’d love to know where the inspiration for Lopsy came from. Was it your first idea or did you go through different iterations?
When I first heard about designing for Loop I was sitting in a coffee shop down the road from the shop. I always feel so inspired by all the colourful yarns and quirkiness of the store. I immediately started sketching ideas but in the end I decided on Lopsy Rabbit because I loved the idea of making an oversized fluffy tail and big ears, I just thought it looked super cute and everyone would enjoy making it.
We think Lopsy is the perfect and most adorable gift for the holidays! What is your favourite thing to make as gifts?
Thank you! I love making gifts for my friends & family. My favourite things to make are crocheted animals. Almost all of my friends have some kind of critter, whether they like it or not :) I’ve made everything from foxes and sheep to sloths and penguins. At the moment I am crocheting Christmas decorations as gifts and for myself.
And finally, when the gift-giving season is over and the presents are all unwrapped, what’s your ideal project to curl up with and make for yourself?
I love making handbags and cozy jumpers for myself. This summer I started crocheting bags out of raffia and for the chillier months I’m making some chunky wool versions. I’ll also continue filling my apartment with crochet animals, unfortunately for my flatmates. I recently did a punch needle workshop at Loop with Bookhou so I’d love explore more projects with this craft.
Lopsy Rabbit Kits
Just in time for the gift-giving season, this adorable critter is available as a crochet kit — with his big Orkney Angora pompom tail and made in very good quality organic wool from Denmark, one of our favourite standby yarns – bc garn Semilla DK. Available in two colourways, it makes the perfect present for a crocheter, or make one of your own!
The pattern is not currently available separately.
A big thank you to Thandi for taking the time to answer our questions! We love Lopsy so much, we’ve decided to give one lucky reader a kit in the colour of their choice! To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us which colour is your favourite and for whom you’d make this special bunny. To double your chances, enter through Instagram as well by following us @looplondonloves and either reposting our Lopsy post or posting an image of your own, using the hashtag #LoopLovesLopsy. Get your entry in by Wednesday, November 28th and we’ll announce the winner in next week’s blog post!