Easter is still over a month away, but Cadbury Eggs have already infiltrated neighborhood HEBs and Austinites are ready to start thinking about the end of their Lent restrictions. And Austin knitters are ready to start their holiday crafting.
At Gauge in North Austin, Easter eggs aren’t just a seasonal indulgence, they are the perfect way to learn a new skill. Their introduction to fair isle class this Sunday has students reading charts and patterns, knitting fair isle, striping, weaving in ends, increasing and seaming, all on cute little colorful Easter eggs.
The $42 class only had one remaining space as of Friday, but if you miss your chance, it may repeat before the holiday passes by. You can always knit a simple Easter egg using this free pattern and brightly-colored yarn in the meantime.
If your stash does have just the right colors for egg knitting, take note from one of Easter’s favorite pastimes, dyeing eggs. Using the same kitchen staples that turn hard-boiled eggs into a colorful celebration, you can be your own indie yarn dyer.
Food coloring and vinegar, or sugar-free packets of Kool-Aid, will stain natural animal fiber and allow you to create solid, semi-solid, or even variegated colorways. There are dozens of online tutorials, and groups like What a Kool Way to Dye on Ravelry can guide first-time dyers through getting color into their yarn and not all over your kitchen. And just like eggs, dyeing yarn is a great way to get kids involved in your crafting.
Get started creating knitted Easter eggs now either with the help of a local yarn store or on your own. With eggs this handmade, you may not want to hide them in the backyard.