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Hatched verb brought into being, concocted in secret

I have no explanation. I cannot provide you with an accounting of my thoughts or actions that will make this make sense. This is one of those things where you either see them and say 'why yes, yes of course, the world is better with these in it,' or you say 'huh, some folks sure do like odd things, don't they.'

And either on is fine! We can still totally be cool, even if you're now fairly convinced I have lost all touch with reality! Just so long as you don't try and make me stop knitting bits of tiny nonsense in favor of more practical delights.

The pattern includes instructions for the nest and the eggs. It is tremendously detailed and holds your hand every step of the way.

You don’t need any special equipment to make these, just yarn, whatever needles you like for working small things in the round (circs or dpns as you prefer), and something to stuff the eggs with (I used plastic pellets, but stuffing works great too).

The nest can be made in pretty much whatever size you like (from about the size of the base of a small drinking glass up through about the size of a dinner plate), and includes options to work it with and without the drawstring closure. The eggs come in two stitch counts and will vary in size depending on the yarn you use (from about the size of a small candy egg up through about the size of a real chicken egg).

Both pieces are nearly entirely stockinette worked in the round with a few increases and decreases for shaping, so the knitting is very mellow. Each piece takes a few dozen yards of yarn and an hour or two to knit.

You can use any weight of yarn, and you can work at any gauge that gives you a dense fabric with your chosen yarn. To help create a dense fabric, I held a strand of lace-weight fuzzy yarn (a silk/mohair blend is perfect for this) alongside the fingering, sport, dk, or worsted weight yarns I was working with.

This is a perfect quick project to make with leftovers from your scraps bin.

These are perfect for you if:
  • You're convinced your world is better if you occasionally give in to your less practical whims
  • You know just what to do with these

These are not for you if:
  • You’re looking for a somber, serious project
  • You don’t like charts (the pattern uses charts)

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