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Apupupu and Hjälpjösse - the helping bunny


The first bunny bathing in the morning sun on the blocking board. Scarf still missing.

Apupupu, in Swedish Hjälpjösse, or the helping bunny, is a project designed by Anu Harkki for the Finnish Red Cross. It is a knitted bunny that can be given by the Red Cross when called to help in a crisis, domestic or not, where there might be children in need of emotional help. You can’t buy or sell a bunny, but you can knit one and give it to the Red Cross. The instructions are to be found in Anu’s book, in several magazines, and on the Red Cross home pages. The bunnies have to be easy to wash and easy to transport, and the instructions are therefore to be followed. But it's easy, 100 % wool is a material most knitters have in their stashes, the instructions are very clear, and knitted on 4mm needles is the bunny a very fast job.

Instructions for the helping bunny can be found on the following sites:
Instructions in Finnish
Instructions in Swedish


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What a wonderful project for a good cause. Whoever receives the bunny will be very happy, indeed!

P.S. I love the blocking photo of the bunny. It's like a voodoo doll.

What a great cause - I'm sure the kids will really appreciate the bunnies. And they're so cute! This would be a good idea for Red Cross in other countries, too...


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