First, Happy Easter to those of you celebrating today! We’re finally enjoying some sunny (but still chilly) weather and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Spring-like weather!
Now, the FOs…
My son is in first grade and will receive his first Holy Communion next May, along with the rest of his classmates. In some conversation with one of the moms, I was sort of/kind of asked to knit something special for the kids on that very important day. This conversation happened probably close to two months ago.
I’ve been pondering all the possible options… At this point, there are 14 girls and 9 boys in his class and there’s always the possibility of more students before the event, so this is no small feat by my standards. I toyed with the idea of little mini versions of shawls for the girls… then decided against them. I thought of veils. Or not. Then I remembered the mom mentioning something to hold the kids’ rosary beads. Perfect!
After doing lots of searching for a yarn with the appropriate weight, color, yardage, and afford-ability factor, I finally began making little prototypes. I based these little bags on various aspects of many bags I liked and this is what I ended up with. Remember, they’re prototypes and I’m sure I’ll make many changes before I’m through. I just wanted to have something solid to work with so I can knit them up as I feel the need for instant gratification… I have over a year to finish them but would prefer to have them done and at the ready, ya know?!
And for the boys:
Pattern: Hodge-Podge of various drawstring bags
Yarn: Red Heart Lustersheen in white
Needles: Size 3US (3.25mm)
Beads: 6/0 glass beads from Joann… nothing special… approx 64 per bag
Size: approximately 5″ tall x 3.5″ wide
If anyone is interested, I will gladly email you the instructions I used to make these (and will use to make all the rest of my little gift bags.) I’m not planning to publish/offer the pattern on the blog because I’m completely unsure as to copyright violations and all that good stuff.
At this point, I’m very happy with the girls version, but not thrilled with the boys. I know the cross isn’t centered perfectly, but even if it were I’m not sure it’s what I’m looking for. I would love to hear suggestions from anyone out there! The only stipulation I have is to keep it simple since there are many to be made.
I hope you all have an excellent day with friends and family. I have other knitting to show you, but I need to be sure I’m not spilling the beans with a post, so it’ll have to wait a bit longer. 🙂