My husband and I love our local farmers market. We’ve gotten to know a lot of the vendors there and really enjoy talking to them each week, as well as what they have to sell. One of our favorites is Anne from Bogart Loves Bakery who makes the most luscious brioche donuts.
When she told us early this year she was expecting, I knew immediately what I wanted to make for her, knit donuts. I’d knit up donuts before for a window display at Noe Knit. The free pattern from Knit Bits is quick and easy, so it’s a breeze to knit up a bunch.
I work the pattern in full size, 1/3 size and 1/2 size to get the different size donuts. They are soft, plushy and have nothing that can come off, which is perfect for small children. I decided though that I wanted to make one of them into a rattle. I originally thought of just putting a jingle bell into the stuffing, but then read that the stuffing will stop the jingle bell from ringing very well. What I needed was some sort of capsule that would fit in the 1/3 size donut I was using.
I couldn’t find much at the craft store, but while looking through Ax-man, our totally fun local surplus store, I found these little metal containers. The absolute perfect size! I filled one with a couple beads, taped it shut and just nestled it into the stuffing. It makes a nice rattling sound, which in the end I think is better than a jingle which might really start to annoy parents.
I gave Anne the donuts yesterday morning. I hope little Essie likes them as much as we like her mom’s donuts.
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