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BlueCherryFaerie
« on: March 02, 2010 10:23:38 AM »

I came up with this concept 2 years ago.  I absolutely HATE the loose easter grass that is made for baskets.  It gets everywhere....in your yard.....all over the house.  So I decided to use furry yarn to knit some grass mats for my sons baskets instead.  They turned out so well that I decided to make extras to sell.  The other mothers at my son's speech therapy office have all asked me to make some for them as well. woohoo.  

Here is one of the ones I made for my sons in a basket:


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Here is the stack of them that I made to sell:


Here are some others I've made:







Any furry yarn works, but I like how the Yarn Bee yarn looks and feels the best.  You can use these as a background for decorations too.    And the major plus, you can use them year after year and not have easter grass all over the house afterwards.  

I've thought about making some bigger to use as playmats for the kiddos, but they are just about out of that stage, so I won't.  I will probably end up making one longer to use on my table as a decoration or should I say, background for some decorations.  


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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2010 10:44:46 AM »

You're a genius! I hate easter grass as well, and also try to avoid things made of plastic where I can! I bet you'll sell a lot of these!
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2010 11:01:11 AM »

Clever!
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2010 12:25:06 PM »

This is so cool!!
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2010 05:00:35 PM »

genius!
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BlueCherryFaerie
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2010 06:31:15 PM »

Thanks. 
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2010 10:49:03 AM »

BTW, never smoke the Easter grass
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2011 06:16:06 AM »

You ARE a genius!! I totally rocked this BTW. I can not stand Easter grass! especially because I have pets and worry about them munching on it and getting sick. Brilliant idea! I so have to do this
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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2011 06:44:04 AM »

I wish I had seen your post before making all my easter egg string baskets! I would've wrapped the yarn around the bottom styrofoam piece and saved myself a LOAD of headache. I'm totally using this for next year!
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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2011 05:03:01 PM »

Okay, just in case someone wanted to make some of these themselves.  My favorite yarn to make these is Yarn Bee's Haute Fur that I bought at Hobby Lobby.  I use size 11 or 8 mm knitting needles.  I cast on 45 and knit until I like the length.  Each one I made is slightly different because I don't count rows.  I have used Lion Brand fun fur yarn and cast on I think about 50-55 stitches.  You can make these as big or as small as you want.  I don't do any fancy stitches with these.  They are strictly knit stitch, so they are great for a beginner knitter.  And really any fuzzy, furry yarn will do.

They don't have to be used just in Easter baskets. 
They also work well in the middle of a table as background for a tablescape. 
Make some long and skinny and use them on the mantle during Easter and in the winter, you can use it as a scarf (I love dual purpose). 
You can use them in gift baskets as well. 
Make some in white and use them as snow for your winter holidays. 
Make one in black and use it for a backdrop for Halloween.
After the holidays are over, you can let your kiddos use them as rugs for dollhouses, or playmats (fields of grass or an alien landscape).  Or store them for next year.
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