Sunday, March 27, 2011

441 Crochet Eggs for an Unbreakable Easter Fiber Arts Friday(ish)

I came across this post on Easy Makes Me Happy with a free pattern for crochet eggs and I knew I HAD to make a few ... I think I am at 21 eggs right now ;)

This is my modified pattern (because you know I can't totally follow instructions) but it is very similar and completely inspired by Tara at Easy - and because I hate to in any way have anyone think something is mine that isn't I only modified from Round 9 on (which works out to be the bottom of the egg) Swing on by Tara's blog for her whole pattern which is perfection. (she also gives instructions for two-toned and striped eggs) See, the link right up there ^^^ in blue ...

F crochet hook
worsted weight yarn (though it works with baby weight and a chunkier weight, too)

Rnd 9 – (sc in next 4, sc2tog) around. (20)
Rnd 10 – (sc in next 3, sc2tog) around. (16)
Rnd 11 – (sc in next 2, sc2tog) around. (12)

Now you will stuff your egg. Take your time and stuff it firmly, you can roll the egg in your hand and reshape it slightly later, but a lot of the shape has to do with how you stuff it now.
(and totally off the subject, I think this would make a great strawberry at this point)

sc in next 1, sc2tog (repeat 4 times)
sc2tog (2 times)
slipstitch to close
Weave in ends.

White eggs - worsted weight (shhh, it is from a big skein of Red Heart The Pounder I have had for years)
Solid Colored eggs - worsted weight Caron Simply Soft
Multi-colored eggs - worsted weight cotton Lily Sugar'n'Cream

These eggs will stand up a lot better than the traditional Easter eggs with my kids, and you don't have to worry about putting all your eggs in one basket (sorry, I had to)!

And there you go, another late Fiber Arts Friday... one day I will remember what day of the week it is.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

440 Spring Break 2011

Spring Break comes early down here. Katie had all last week off, and for the first time we didn't go to Atlanta. We spent the week just playing around the house, and we took a couple trips to the zoo.

We had plans to meet up on Tuesday at the zoo with my college buddies Tracy, Julie, and Andrea and their families, but Tuesday fell through when a few people succumbed to gas station food. So, we rescheduled for Wednesday, which worked out great because Chip could go and the weather was perfect... well, maybe a little hot.
I love being around these people. It is like being surrounded by family. Everyone has such a good time together. We love each others kids like our own and it shows. I was having fun (and the kids weren't too happy with my camera) so I didn't take that many pictures.

Pictures stopped around this point because I was carrying Chloe on my hip. Poor girl was exhausted, and she had a little scare when she turned around and didn't see us. But since Andrea carried Anna Catherine on her back most of the time I think I got out really easy!!

After the zoo we went to eat at Cafe Ole. Mmmmmm queso dip, sun, and friends. Luckily it wasn't very busy so our kids weren't annoying to too many people... just us ;)

Oh, and lest it be forgotten... I also Sleepless in Seattled an apple. And I got the picture before the peel broke ;) Its the little things...
On Sunday I took the girls to the zoo... and apparently everyone else had the same idea because the parking lot was totally full and we ended up having to park on the road in front of the Brooks Museum and walk. Of course when we finally parked and started walking they had opened up the parking lot. Oh well, as Mia said, at least we were getting some exercise. By the time we got there the girls were ready to splash about in the Little Nile.

 See, prrof I was there :)

 At least the walk back to the car was pretty... After six hours I was beyond tired!

Katie said I was being mean, but I was so happy when Spring Break was over.
....Two more months until Summer Vacation....