Saturday, March 23, 2013

Easter Egg Holders


Well, my brother and his boys have flown home this afternoon ...

 
I hate that abandoned, empty feeling a house has after your guests have gone.  We dropped them off at the airport leaving them on the loading zone because my family all knows I hate long drawn-out goodbyes ... so we don't go into the airport with them anymore.  It's drop, hop back into the truck, and zoom off to more furious waving ... quick like a bandaid! ... but no less painful.
 
I'll miss all the boys' little paper monster creations that have been scattered around the house for the past two weeks ...
 
 
So when we returned home, I thought I'd console myself with a little blogging since I've not been able to do much of it while they were all here. 

 
Over the years, my kids decorated a lot of Easter eggs.  I used to just set them out in a special bowl at Easter time to show them off, but I got tired of that (and I also got tired of the huge number of eggs we had saved!). 
 
This egg decorating:  Drizzle rubber cement glue on the egg; allow it to dry; dip egg in dye; allow dye to dry; peel off rubber cement glue
 
So last year I created a simple little egg holder from cotton yarn to hold the eggs ... and I got rid of quite a few eggs at the same time.  The brown eggs below were dyed with onion skins wrapped around them and boiled in water.
 
 
I always poke holes in the eggs we're going to decorate and blow out the liquid egg.  And I always get a severe headache from it.  I've never seen one of the handy egg 'pumps'(?) that removes the liquid egg without giving yourself a brain aneurism at the same time, but if I do I will buy it.  Until then, I always have the Advil handy ;)
 
 
Anyway, back to the egg holders.  If you're interested in making your own, these are the instructions:
 
Knitted Egg Holders
 
Using 4 ply cotton yarn and a set of four 3mm DPNs,
cast on 28 stitches,
divide on three needles as 9, 9 and 10 stitches,
knit 10 rows,
bind off loosely.
 
easy peasy
 
The cotton  and the fact that these are small keeps the holders rather stiff, so there's no need for stuffing inside.
 
 
They don't take much yarn either, and you can whip off a few in a short amount of time.  It's the egg decorating that's so time consuming!
 
 
I hope you're all having a great weekend ... our sunshine has returned and I can see some iris just poking through the ground from my kitchen window ... not long now before SPRING truly arrives (fingers crossed!!).
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Wendy
 
 
 
 

35 comments:

  1. Beautifully decorated eggs, so colourful! Love the knitted egg holders, thanks for sharing the pattern :)

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    1. Thanks Hilde, a great little project for small bits of yarn.

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  2. Fingers are crossed!!!! Your eggs are awesome!!! I was chuckling when you talked about having Advil handy when you blow out the egg! Ha! I remember that feeling all to well!!!! Your egg holders are wonderful and unique! Great work on these!!! I loved seeing those paper monsters that the kids made...art made by kids is the best! So glad you had time with your family!

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    1. Thanks Nicole ... the paper monsters were punched out from a book my sister gave the kids (I think there were something like 100+ in the book!). They had to leave some here as they wouldn't fit comfortably in their luggage.

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  3. I love your eggs and egg holders-adorable. I have not decorated eggs in forever-probably since I was a kid. as I don't have children of my own, and neither does my brother-just never stopped to do it-for the fun of it-I may just do that-thanks for the inspiration

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    1. We've slowed down on the egg decorating here now, but it was fun while it lasted. I actually want to try some with pressing leaves against the egg with panty hose and then dipping them in dye. Need to buy more Advil first ;)

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    2. I never thought of blowing out the eggs first and then coloring them-we always just made a bunch of them for easter and then ate them all week-lol

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  4. Lovely eggs Wendy! It is awful when visitors leave (especially if they've been lovely visitors!) but looks like you've kept yourself busy. Spring briefly arrived here in NW England last week, but has disappeared under a blanket of snow! The sun is shining this morning though, so hopefully all will be gone soon. Just off to don several layers and take Ruby for a romp by the sea ... I will send you a long, newsy email soon sweetie!

    Love Claire xx

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    1. The visit was a lovely one, but I wish they would instead come in the summer when there is more to do ... March can be a difficult month outdoors with its mix of mud/ice/rain/snow. Enjoy your seaside walk!

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  5. Good morning, Wendy! Ooh the house will be quiet again....But you do have those lovely memories that will stay with you always......LOVE your egg cosies and the fact you wiped them up so quickly! Sending Easter blessings to you and yours for the coming holiday! With kindest thoughts....Maria x

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    1. Good morning Maria ... yes it's sooo quiet here today :[ I thought I'd browse some thrift shops today to make me happy. Need to plan something for Easter weekend too as my daughter will be home then and hoping for something special. Take care ;)

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  6. These are just lovely Wendy! Time with loved ones is very precious time, lots of memories....you will make new ones again! :) x

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    1. Thanks Ada, you're right there will be special times ahead too, it's just difficult to bear when we're separated by all of Canada and our kids are all growing and so changed by the time we see each other again! Enjoy your weekend ;)

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  7. These are brilliant, Wendy! I'm adding these to my list for sure. They work so well with the colours and the softness and the oh-my-gosh-I-love-knittingness of them. And crafting your goodbye into these lovely egg holders is very charming and clever of you.

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    1. Gosh! thanks for your uplifting comment :)

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  8. OOh pretty eggs and egg holders!
    Always tough to say farewell...hoep you get used to the quieter-ness soon!
    Ali

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    1. Thanks Ali, today the house just seemed dull ... back to routine tomorrow.

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  9. The cozies are so lovely, and the painted eggs are a work of art!

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  10. Those holders are truly adorable. How creative. Here's to spring. No flowers popping up here though. :(

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    1. Yes, here's to Spring wherever she may be!

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  11. I like the graceful patterns on your eggs and the little egg holders you made.

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    1. Thanks Terra :) The white squiggly lines were made by dribbling rubber cement glue on the egg and once it dried we dipped them in the dye. Thanks for visiting!

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  12. Hi Wendy, What a pretty collection of both holders and eggs !! Your knitting is so nice.

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    1. Thanks for such nice compliments Gaia!

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  13. It's always a let down when you have people and things to occupy your time and then they are gone and the activities wind down and you think, now what? Good use of time making those pretty knit egg holders. Have a wonderful week. Tammy

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    1. So true Tammy ... oh well, it was fun while it lasted. And I hope you have a great week too!

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  14. We used to do the rubber cement decorating trick too! That was my favourite until I got into Pysanky with a friend. That was good for a few years!

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    1. I would love to try that technique, but would have to have someone show me how.

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  15. Those paper monsters are too cute! And rubber cement...brilliant! The knitted egg holders look just adorable.

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    1. The paper monsters were a huge hit, but they became a problem when packing up so a few were left behind :)

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  16. I like the colours of these cute little holders! xx

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  17. Not only are the eggs really nicely colored, the egg holders are so cute and so creative! You could really display them all over your house with cute little holders like that!

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    1. Sorry I missed this comment Stacy ... the holders are my first big accomplishment in knitting ;)

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