easter was, in this house, a slow to kindle holiday. having been very ill for the past week brought easter upon us very suddenly, and without much prep time. we ended up at the store very last minute, and the pickings were very slim indeed! no plastic eggs, nor dye kits. nor eggs, really. good thing we already had those…
so, 12 and i decided to try our hand at painting them ourselves, sans traditional egg supplies. we went home and boiled up the eggs we had in the house, and once cool, we attempted to paint them. the watercolors were an epic failure. the acrylic paints also failed, simply beading up on the egg instead of sitting on it nicely. we gave up, laughed it off and instead hid our plain white eggs about the house. we had a blast hunting them out from one another, and at the end of the hunt we decided that for our eggcentric (ha!) holiday activities, we would instead move forward with a new yearly tradition.
in the past, as is evident by the photo in my “happy easter” blog post, i’ve knit up little eggs. the one pictured in that post was knit for a plastic egg, but there’s no reason you couldn’t use a real one. you see, there’s an ostara tradition in which you bury an egg in the ground, after having decorated it with symbols and designs of your choosing, locking a wish within it. the fertility surrounding ostara seems a natural enough time to “plant” wishes and goals for the self within the earth, hatching the things you wish to improve upon or hope to obtain in the coming seasons. now, i’m aware that as far as ostara rituals go, this is both on the lighter side of life, and a few weeks too late this year, but since ostara and easter are ever so closely linked (and i have no shame in saying that i’d not missed the actual ostara in a private ceremony) i thought that it would be a nice way to celebrate easter with my husband. he is not religious, and while this idea is inspired by an innocent ostara ritual, we often wish on other things together, and we both like the symbolism of burying the egg into the ground to hatch.
so what better way to put “us” into the decoration of the egg than but to knit it? so, hence forth, every easter my patient and tolerant husband (patent pending) and i shall knit an egg cozy from wool, sew a boiled egg inside (i do the knitting, and he does the cooking) and bury it in our little garden. since the wool is natural, it will become one with the earth along with the egg, and release our wishes for the coming season into the world. literally.
i can see no finer, more personalized way to celebrate easter with my husband. next year i hope to not have had the funk from hell in the days before hand, and we will then each have our own egg. but this year, at the start of the tradition, we move forward into this as one, with one egg. wanna see it? you know you do!
my faithful few, i hope that this holiday has brought you and your families and friends closer together. i hope that those of you who celebrate easter religiously did so with great joy, and that there were many, many brightly colored wishes to be hatched.
the unhinged knitter