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So with this rainbow of opportunity what happened? Did I use my colors in equal measure or does one color dominate this year's projects? Keep in mind that I also have a fairly diverse, moderately substantial stash that I work from as often as I can.
To find out I took a trip down memory lane looking back on old blog posts, searching through the thousands of pictures I've taken and checking out the projects on my Ravelry page.
The first thing that surprised me is quantity of things I made. Holy cow have I been busy! The second thing is the colors I picked.
What do you think of these little chickies?! Aren't they adorable? I think so. I'm so excited to be able to share them with you. They're perfect for Easter, or to celebrate spring. Whatever reason you make them, they're guaranteed to generate smiles. There's a story that goes with them, and for me it makes them even more special.
Last year a member of the knitting club at the library came in with several she had made. They were a huge hit, and when I discovered that they "laid" eggs I was smitten. I was all ready to make a brood of my own when I realized that they were knit. Credit for the original pattern goes to Mariann Herk. It is actually a hand drawn sketch with a few instructions (similar to my fancy version to the left). I probably could have figured out how to crochet one, but I wasn't that confident in my skills. I ended up having to be content keeping a few of the chicks perched at the circulation desk. (Thanks to Kelsey's mom Juli.)
Fast forward to last Wednesday. As I was showing off my crochet egg I remembered the chicks. With my new knitting skills I knew that I would finally be able to make them myself! Yippee!!
Rnd 3: Ch 2, dc in same st and in next dc, (dc, tr) in next dc, tr in next dc, 2 tr in next dc, tr in next dc, (tr, dc) in next dc, dc in next dc, (dc, hdc) in next dc, hdc in next 3 dc, sc in next dc, 2 sc in each of next 2 dc, sc in next dc, hdc in next 3 dc, (hdc, dc) in next dc, dc in next dc, (dc, tr) in next dc, tr in next dc, 2 tr in next dc, tr in next dc, (tr, dc) in next dc, dc in next dc, (dc, ch 2, sl st) in last dc, do not join.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, 1 sc in first ch 2, hdc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, tr in next dc, 2 tr in next tr, tr in next tr, 2 dc in each of next 2 tr, dc in next tr, 2 hdc in next tr, hdc in next dc, 2 hdc in next dc, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc, dc in next 2 sc, (dc, 2 tr) in next sc, (2 tr, dc) in next sc, dc in next 2 sc, 2 hdc in next hdc, dc in next hdc, hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next dc, hdc in next dc, 2 hdc in next tr, dc in next tr, 2 dc in each of next 2 tr, tr in next tr, 2 tr in next tr, tr in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, hdc in next dc, sc in last ch 2. Join with sl st or invisible join to first sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
(Stitches in bold make up the point of the heart)
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