After an auspicious start to craft week we continued by hosting an impromptu "craft club" meeting. Where the girls were inspired by A1's completed chick and egg (see below). We decided we needed a smaller version for Easter baskets and such, so we scaled down the pattern. We don't have any completed ones yet but I'll be sure to post those pictures soon. That day I had a request from SM to help put together a crafting birthday tea for a mutual friend. I said,"Sure." Then I realized that I needed to make a quick gift. I've seen the coffee cup holders everywhere. I just pulled open one of the cardboard cozies and made a pattern. The notebook is just a moleskin with fabric. I made some nicer ones for Christmas gifts but did not have enough fabric left over.
SM was going to handle the tea and treats and I was supposed to come up with the craft, something easy, that doesn't take to long, but it has to be cute. Well, I had to dig back to when I had three young children, when the crafts were easy, didn't take alot of time, and had to be cute. I came up with my Easter chicken. Originally She just "appeared" on our counter, in her little nest, with three brightly colored eggs tucked under her, a couple of weeks before Easter. Every morning I had the kids check underneath her to see if the eggs had "hatched". This became part of our morning, until Easter morning when three fuzzy chicks were there instead of the eggs! Now the chicken has been well loved, we have lost one of the chicks, and now I have four little chicks instead of three. It was nice to be reminded of that magic. I feel like our little one doesn't have enough of that magic because the older ones are so...old. Note to self: More Magic.
The craft birthday party was great!
I also finished one of the sweaters and hats for the "Spread goodwill project." This sweater is from Debbie Bliss' the baby knits book. It is one of my absolute favorite newborn sweater pattern. I have knit it for at least 10 newborns. It is loved by new parents and baby admirers alike. The hat is from Joelle Hoverson's Last Minute Knitted Gifts, also a new parent and knitter favorite. They are both knit out of Debbie Bliss' Cashmerino Aran. The next sweater is well under way, but its a bigger size, so it will take a little longer.