Fiber arts people (knitters and crocheters) are clever people and they like to have a bit of fun, especially if that fun means passing around handknits and surprising people with happy things. Most knitters and crocheters I know won’t pass up an opportunity to do a little bit of anonymous goodness, and if yarn or fiber is involved, more the better.
Enter the Tiny Bunnies Movement. This is something that could only happen now, with the capability that the internet provides for people across the world to spontaneously group together, do something fun or silly, and write to each other about it. The members of the Tiny Bunny Movement gather together on Ravelry, the largest single-interest social media site on the internet. They plot together to create tiny bunnies (hence the name), attach tags to them explaining that they are a bit of random kindness, and then leave them in public places for others to find. Some even post pictures of where they’ve hidden their bunnies and a few linger nearby for a while to see the reaction of the person who finds them.
It’s adorable, the number of these little guys, in all kinds of colors and designs, being made all across the world and then “set free” to brighten someone unknown’s day. One woman reports finding one in her favorite local coffee shop, left by another in the group in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Others have been left in all kinds of places, from the grocery store to the library to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
This group has over 600 members from Canada, the U.S., Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, France, the Netherlands, Croatia, Wales, Dubai…well, you get the picture. It’s a diverse group, all doing the same thing to brighten someone’s day.
I am not really a maker of knitted toys but this sounds like fun. I may just need to join them. What about you? What will you do as a random act of kindness to brighten someone’s day?
Edited to Add: The bunnies have their own Facebook page! Check it out – how fun!