Eggs just speak to us of all things spring. They fill the nests in the trees and our baskets on Easter. Many of us continue to try and find natural gifts and treats for the eggs as an alternative to all of the candy and plastic eggs. This year inspire a little creativity as well with creating surprise yarn eggs.
This is inspired by the tradition of Victorian Wonderballs, trinkets that were hidden in a ball of yarn to be found as the recipient knit and unwound the ball. With Surprise Yarn Eggs, not only do they get treats along the way, but some yarn to make into something fun as well.
Yarn of your choice, I like Lion Brand Organic Cotton for the look and feel
Small gifts to hide inside. Examples include wooden animals, buttons, marbles, bouncy balls, coins, mini peg dolls
Begin by wrapping your yarn around the largest surprise gift. I like to have a wood toy in the center of the egg. Just start wrapping around while working the yarn into an egg shape.
After a few layers of yarn you can start to add in other surprises like buttons, coins, etc. Once you get the egg to the desired shape and size of your liking, cut the yarn and tuck the end into a another strand. You can add a small gift tag with a pin so they know where to start unwinding.
That is as easy as it gets; you can create several of these to hide, or include in this year’s basket with some beautiful wood knitting needles, a knitting tower, or other fun tools.
This would be a fun gift anytime of the year. Who doesn’t love a little surprise when they are working so hard on learning to knit or crochet!
Chris Willow is a mother, crafter, storyteller and toymaker. She enjoys creating roots with mothers and children in her community. Her inspiration has always grown from her world she shares with her husband and two sons in beautiful Missouri. She has a store on Etsy and blogs at mamaroots where she shares her love of crafting, mothering and reading a great book!