One last posting for Easter craft ideas. When I was in 8th grade home economics class, I learned a simple craft made with Easter candy, and I’ve made them every year since then for my children and extended family.
Based on the candy craft, I came up with a pattern for making the Bunny Hot Rod on an Addi Pro knitting machine.
Worsted weight yarn
½ oz. white
½ oz. purple
¾ oz. black
Few yards pink
Size G crochet hook
2 black plastic safety eyes
Yellow and pink pompoms
Cast on purple yarn (or color of choice for car). Work 40 rounds, cast off. Stuff and sew both ends closed.
WHEELS (Make 4):
Cast on black yarn. Work 15 rounds, cast off. Sew both ends closed, then sew to car.
Cast on white yarn. Work 30 rounds, cast off. Sew top closed, stuff top 12 rows. Weave yarn through Rnd 12 to close for head. Stuff remainder of body and sew opening closed. Sew bunny to top of car at back.
EARS (Make 2):
Row 1: With pink yarn, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 2 ch, 3 sc in last ch. Working on opposite side of starting ch, sc in next 3 chs (9 sc). Fasten off pink.
Row 2: Attach white yarn, ch 1, turn. Sc in next 4 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts (11 sc). Fasten off leaving 12” length for sewing.Sew one ear to each side of head. Weave in all ends.
Glue on eyes and pink pompom to face. Glue on yellow pompoms to front of car for headlights.
Spring is Fiesta time in San Antonio. If you have never visited the city, April is the perfect time. The summer heat hasn’t yet begun, and the city comes alive with festivals. The traditional Fiesta kick-off is the Oyster Bake at St. Mary’s University with food booths and live music. We attended Friday night at the Tejano stage where Jay Perez performed, followed by David Lee Garza y los Musicales. Both groups are staples of Tejano festivals all across Texas. The atmosphere at Oyster Bake was wonderful – live music, great food, and perfect spring weather.
Fiesta will continue through April 28 with parades and festivals throughout the city. One of the most popular is the Battle of Flowers Parade commemorating the victory at San Jacinto. The parade is so popular, it’s a school holiday. Fiesta queens riding the floats in elaborate gowns are taunted with, “Show me your shoes!” What started as young women wanting to wear something comfortable over the years has become an informal contest of creativity in footwear, and the crowd loves it!
As expected, the weather kept us from attending the Poteet Strawberry Festival last weekend. No worries – we’ll catch the Tejano bands at Fiesta’s Oyster Bake this weekend. On the upside, staying home Saturday night allowed me to get a new Easter pattern done.
Easter Bunny Bath Pouf Crochet Pattern
This pattern works up quickly in worsted yarn. Make a few this evening for your littles’ Easter baskets, add some egg-shaped bath bombs, and bath time will be extra special for them.
Cotton worsted yarn:
1 oz. MC for small, 2 oz. for large
Few yards CC
Size H crochet hook
Sewing needle and thread
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 10 hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st in 1st hdc.
Rnd 2: 3 hdc in each st (30 hdc).
Rnds 3-4: Repeat Rnd 2 (270 hdc). Stop here for small puff.
Rnd 5: For large puff, repeat Rnd 2 again (810 hdc).
Fold last Rnd in half and sl st through both sides. Ch 15, sl st in same space. Fasten off.
Rnd 1: In 2nd st to the right of hangar loop, attach CC yarn, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 3 ch. Sl st in same st as joining. Fasten off CC. Attach MC yarn in st next to base of ear, sc in 4 unused loops of beg ch, sc in tip of ear, sc in 4 sts of Rnd 1, sl st in Rnd 4  of puff. Fasten off MC. Repeat on opposite side of hangar loop for 2nd ear. Weave in all ends.
Unfortunately, our Houston mini vacation has been postponed due to Mick Jagger’s health. Disappointing for us, but I’m sure it’s more frustrating for the Rolling Stones. Hopefully he will heal quickly, and the tour will be rescheduled. Facebook rumors say it will be rescheduled for October, so we’ll see.
We also had tickets for the San Antonio Commanders final home game this weekend, but the Alliance of American Football abruptly shut down the league this week. It’s so disappointing for San Antonio football fans. We attended all the home games, and the fans were great! Texas is definitely football country.
From an entertainment standpoint, we definitely won’t be bored. April is definitely a good time of year to be in San Antonio. This weekend is the Poteet Strawberry Festival, which has always been a favorite for our family. Great music, carnival rides, and all the typical fair food including anything you can think of that is made of strawberries. If the rain holds off on Saturday, we will go see David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, one of my husband’s favorite Tejano bands.
Next week I’ll be getting the house ready for Easter. The Ferrel Family tradition is fajitas for Easter dinner – beef, chicken, and sausage. There will also be rice and beans, potato salad, guacamole, pico de gallo, tortillas, and I’m still working on ideas for a dessert to impress. Family, good food, children running in and out, and of course, cascarones, confetti eggs to crack on someone’s head.
My go-to gift for the children for Easter is a bunny bag filled with candy. The pattern is available in my Ravelry shop as a free download with any purchase through Easter.
My newest Easter pattern will be available only on the blog this month – Easter Bunny Scrubby using Red Heart Scrubby Sparkle. Make a few as hostess gifts, or add a couple to your teen’s Easter basket as a gag gift.
Red Heart Scrubby Sparkle – ¼ oz.
Size G crochet hook
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc).
Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat around (18 sc).
Rnd 4: *Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, * repeat around (24 sc).
Rnd 5: *Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (30 sc).
Rnd 6: *Sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (36 sc).
Rnd 7: *Sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (42 sc). Join with sl st. Do not fasten off.
Row 1: Ch 1, 6 hdc in next st.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, dec, hdc in next 2 sts, dec, sl st in base of same st. Do not fasten off.
*Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch and next 2 ch,* sl st in Row 3 of head. Sl st in Row 2, repeat * to *, sl st in
Row 1 of head. Fasten off.
Ch 3, 10 dc in 3rd ch from hook. Join with sl st in top of 1st dc. Fasten off leaving 6” length. Sew tail securely to body. Weave in all ends.
April is also Month of the Military Child. My Military Baby Pattern Book was inspired by my daughter’s fatigues. Living in Military City, USA, I am very proud of these designs. Through April 10, you have a chance to win a free Kindle copy by liking my Amazon Author Page.
Shortly after meeting my husband over 20 years ago, I met
his uncle and aunt who came to town for Christmas. Since meeting her, Tia
Raquel has repeatedly invited us to visit their home in Monterrey, Mexico. Last
month we finally made the trip, and we had such a good time. My husband had not
been there since his teen years. Since I had never visited that area of Mexico,
Raquel was determined to show me the best her city had to offer.
The entire family got together on the first night for a
river boat cruise at Santa Lucia River Walk which connects the Macroplaza and
Fundidora Park. The 1.55 mile long canal terminates at a large fountain which
was made from a recycled smelting pot paying homage to the iron melting company
who once owned the property.
As the tour guide pointed out the best spot for tourists to
get a photo of Cerro de la Silla (Saddle
Hill), I noticed the next peak resembles King Kong. The coincidence tickled me,
as the previous week I had published my Gorilla Pilla pattern.
It was a lovely afternoon which culminated in shopping at
the Macroplaza where I found an adorable handbag for my Goth-loving daughter. I
see another crochet pattern in my future!
The next day Raquel took us to Mercado Juarez, a local flea market. As much as my husband and I love to visit flea markets in our travels (we visit the one in San Antonio quite often), I have never before seen a 3-story flea market – leather goods, Mexican candies, souvenirs, and so much more. Most fascinating was the fact that every other booth sold items for spiritual wellbeing – tarot cards, religious candles, herbs, rosaries, and figurines for Dias de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. It would be nice to be able to return in November for this celebration. I would definitely wear my sugar skull poncho if we return.
Street vendors were so hard to resist. We bought cups of freshly cut fruit, had a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice and soft-serve ice cream. Then dinner at a local taqueria where we ordered sampler plates and had a taste of everything. Needless to say, my jeans were a little tight by the end of the day. Sitting outside that evening, I heard the music of an ice cream truck and considered whether I had room for dessert. It turned out to be the bread man driving slowly down the street with the tailgate open revealing his selections. I was tempted to grab some pesos from my purse, but after a day of what seemed like nonstop eating, we decided against it.
Our third and final day in Mexico found us in Villa de Santiago, 50 miles south of
Monterrey to visit La Cola de Caballo, Horsetail
Falls. We rode a horse-drawn carriage through the cobblestone streets leading
up to the falls. The nieces opted for a horseback ride. From the observation
deck, surrounded by pine, mesquite and ebony trees, the water flows off the top
of the hill and falls about 80 feet down the moss-covered rocks into a pool of
crystal-clear water at the bottom. It is truly an enchanting place.
The trip down the mountain was even better than the ride up.
I joined my nieces in ziplining down the mountain, flying above the trees on a
gorgeous spring day. One more experience from my bucket list – It was
During our flight home the next morning, my mind was swimming with so many memories and so many ideas for new designs based on the beautiful state of Nueva Leon. Hopefully, I will complete a new pattern book in the coming months.