It's been a while since we've had a Cute Thing of the Week so let's start off with something a little different.
The bilby is a desert-dwelling marsupial found in Australia. According to Wikipedia there were two species of bilby in Australia prior to European colonization. One went extinct several decades ago and the other is currently on the endangered species list. Conservationists have been working to promote the Easter Bilby as an Australian alternative to Easter Bunnies, even selling chocolate bilbies in stores with proceeds going towards the conservation.
This wonderful crochet bilby and basket were created by Etsy user Crochetroo. It's available as a pdf for $4.00. While your checking out the bilby, also have a look at some of Crochetroo's other amigurumis. There are some beautiful bird patterns and adorable koala bears, wallabies and wombats.