We were pleased to have our extended family join us last Sunday for my son’s confirmation. After the church service, we gathered at our home for a luncheon in honor of Liam’s confirmation, and also to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday. (Her actual birthday is this Friday – Happy Birthday, Becky!) With the warm weather that has recently arrived, it felt like a good idea to give her a summery present: a sun tea jar decorated with brightly colored fruit slices all over it, tea, and extra large glasses to serve it in. To round the gift out, I decided to crochet fruit slice coasters. I found the patterns for them on a great blog I found – Repeat Crafter Me. (A wonderful site – I’m sure I’ll be visiting it again.)
They were so quirky cute that I just had to make them! Because I was using yarn left over from other projects, I had no expectation that they would turn out to be a perfectly uniform set. I dove into my stash to see if I could find anything suitable to work with.
I couldn’t find the exact colors I needed, but I found some that were close enough. The coasters were quick and easy to make. My biggest challenge was trying to adapt to the various weights of the yarns I was using. I also failed to find a true orange color. After working up a really ugly orange slice in rust colored yarn, I ended up leaving the orange slice coaster out of the set and making two apples instead (one red and one green).
Here’s how they turned out:
In general I was pleased with them, but I had some issues with the type of yarn I was using for the strawberry and the lemon slice. The yellow yarn was Lion Brand Homespun – far too bulky for this project. The red yarn was too fine; a worsted weight would have worked better. I think I’d like to have a go at them again, using the yarn recommended in the pattern. Sounds like a good excuse to go yarn shopping…