Knitting group whips up hundreds of woolly chicks

Knitting group whips up hundreds of woolly chicks

Easter is fast approaching and a group of pensioners who are part of a coffee group called The Beehive have come together to knit chicks, all for the sake of charity.

It seems their name is appropriate, as the OAPs have been as busy as bees producing more than 400 fledglings for Christian organisation - the Boaz project, the Hampshire Chronicle reports.

The charity helps adults who have learning difficulties and teaches them skills such as cooking, gardening and craftwork.

Each of the pieces produced will have a chocolate egg inside and will be sold for £1 in a bid to raise money for the worthy cause. If the group manages to sell all of its work, it will have managed to raise a considerable amount.  

Although it may be a bit late to embark on a project of this scale, there is still enough time to try your hand at knitting one or two chicks and giving them as presents for your young one or grandchild. After all, gifts are not traditionally given until Easter Sunday, which doesn't fall until April 20th this year.

If you are fairly new to this type of knitting, then the Crochet Chick designed by Lisa Richardson could be the perfect present for little ones. It makes use of beautiful yellow yarn by Baby Merino Silk SD.

Designed with double crochet, this bird should hopefully stand the test of time and may become a favourite fixture at future Easter celebrations.

It can be used as either an egg cosy or a small toy for young children. You may want to take inspiration from The Beehive as well and buy a small Easter egg to pop inside. After all, it's probably fair to say that most children associate this time of year with chocolate treats.

You could also consider hiding the chick in the garden and do an Easter egg hunt to keep little ones amused for a while. 

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