As usual, I've been making time to work on something for my three nieces for Easter. Last year I made Amigurumi bunnies for them. This year I found a pattern for adorable little chicks so I decided to make them each an Easter chick. I had two shades of yellow yarn -- one is very deep and bright and the other is a pretty pale yellow. I made the bright one for my youngest niece and her older sister will get one of the light yellow ones. That way they can tell them apart. They're 5 and 3 years old now. My niece who lives here gets the other light yellow one. She's the oldest at 6 years old. Of course, they are also all receiving some Easter M&Ms to go with their chicks. These were not difficult to make and didn't take too long. The pattern can be found here. Mine turned out larger than the size given for the pattern (3 to 3.5 inches high) but that's because I used a larger hook.
Since I'm on the topic of crocheting and knitting, I thought I'd share a couple of small projects I've made over the past few months. Duane loves to sew and is quite an accomplished seamstress. I wanted something to go with the piece of jewelry I got her for her birthday and I came across this pattern for an Amigurumi 'cup of tea' pin cushion. I enjoyed making it and Duane now has a new pin cushion. The pattern can be found here.
For Linda's birthday, I wanted to include something with a 'personal touch', too. Linda loves all types of tea -- particularly hot tea. I found the cutest pattern for a 'tea tote' or tea bag holder. The ladies of Simply Notable (a mother and daughter) shared their pattern for the cutest little tea bag holder. Perfect for dropping into your purse or pocket where the tea bag is protected from being accidentally shredded. This little tote is knitted --- the pattern is here. I used Sugar & Cream 100% cotton yarn in cornflower blue and topped it off with a vintage button.
All three of us have been busy working on items for The Humble Stitch Project. A box is being mailed to The Humble Stitch tomorrow containing extra skeins of yarn and knitting needles that we purchased at various estate and garage sales along with thrift shops. We each have plenty of yarn in our personal 'stashes' to keep us busy for quite awhile.