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Mother's Day Projects

Free PatternMother's Day is May 11 and some of our Berroco employees created yarn projects that will make perfectly charming gifts. One of our design team members, Donna Yacino, is not only an expert crocheter but she has years of experience as a professional florist as well. I presented her with a design challenge to create a Mother's Day gift inspired by pussy willows and hydrangeas (2 of my botanical favorites). I Centerpieceknew that Donna was the right candidate for this project. She was able to combine her skills and materials from both crafts. Donna presented us with Centerpiece, a charming arrangement of faux pussy willows with a magnificent hydrangea. With Ultra®Alpaca and Ultra®Alpaca Light she crocheted leaves, flowers and buds and then attached them to florists wire and wrapped the stems with yarn - brilliant!

Meredith Wheeler is our Office Manager and the daughter of Brenda York, our instruction writer. Born into a great heritage of Birchknitting, Merri shows no particular interest in mastering her own knitting skills, however she is very creative and a great problem solver. I gave her the task of designing a Mother's Day gift with our yarn using no knitting or crocheting skills. I asked her to think of a project that even a 6-year-old would be capable of making, something that offered the maker immediate gratification. She chose to cover a tall drinking glass with yarn by first swathing it with double sided tape and then wrapping with Jasper™ to cover the entire outside surface. We named it Birch. It looked terrific and so simple! For the photo I took a bunch of real pussy willows, shortened the stems a bit and voila, the surface of the glass resembled the bark of a tree and it made a lovely centerpiece.

If you would like to consider making other gifts for the special mother in your life, have a look at the many gift ideas at right.

Crochet in Ultra®Alpaca
and Ultra®Alpaca Light
Skill level: Intermediate
FREE pattern instructions Ultra® Alpaca Light

Birch Craft in Jasper
Skill level: Easy
FREE pattern instructions Jasper

All the best,

Margery Winter
Creative Director

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