Monday, 26 March 2007

Easter Chicks


When my children were at primary school I used to knit little toys for Christmas bazaars, summer fetes etc. At Easter we used to knit dozens of these little chicks to put Cadbury's Creme Eggs in.


I was surprised to find knitted chicks on sale on EBay - so I knitted a few and advertised them - and what do you know, people are buying them. Wouldn't it be nice if more people could knit things like this for themselves? I know that there are lots of knitting groups and people giving lessons - but I'd really like to see children being taught crafts at school. I learned to knit and sew when I was quite small - I think the first thing I knitted was a dishcloth which was probably full of dropped stitches and unravelled on first use, but went on to knitting whole garments. I remember knitting my dad a hideous jumper using horrible blue bri-nylon which must have been a nightmare to wear; it was a bit on the small side and the static must have been terrible when taking it off but he stoically wore it on a few occasions. There is a lot of satisfaction to be had from finishing a project, however small it is. I lurk here a lot, and Julie talks about knitting as therapy. But it's not just knitting or other creative crafts that can help - growing flowers or vegetables, even weeding the garden or tending a window box can provide relaxation, and bring a feeling of relief from everyday stresses. I have a day off work and am going to use the day to complete my latest garden project. I've been replacing my fences - one was an ancient chainlink fence the other other was a crumbling wooden panel fence - both about 40 years old and beyond saving. It's been hard work but the job is nearing completion. Today I will be staining my new featheredge board fence a lovely light green. Photos to follow....

4 comments:

julie said...

Like the cute chicks! It is such a shame that more people don't knit but it does seem to be on the up again - my daughter recently started learning at her Brownie pack - I hope that she'll carry on with it once she's got her knitters badge! Anyway I wanted to welcome you to blogland - it's always great to find a like-minded blogger! I look forward to getting to know you better. Enjoy your day in the garden.

Anonymous said...

Hey, is there any chance you could kinda explain how to make the chicks ? i used to have them when i was little. Now im in secondary school and doing race for life this year too, if i can find out how to make these i can try to sell them to my school. Any chance you can explain please? If so it would be a great help

qazielinski1@aol.com said...

They are cute! Could you point me in the direction to find this pattern? I would love to make these for my girls for Easter. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for posting the Easter Chick pattern. I've been looking for it for quite some time