Yarn Along- almost a nest of birds

A quick post for yarn-along this Wednesday. Busy clearing my desk before the children break up from school on Friday for two weeks. I love joining in and hopping over to see what everyone else is reading and knitting, on a Wednesday evening.

I finished the little robin. He has twigs for legs, beads for eyes and I needle felted the red and white on his tummy.

I’m surprised how well he is balanced, as he prefers to sit rather than fall on his beak. More the result of luck than my amazing talent for making knitted things that stand up. I love how the needle felted tummy turned out.

Now knitting yellow chicks using Sirdair Snowflake. The combination of slippy needles, unforgiving yarn and a fiddly, small pattern is not good, but they do knit up surprisingly quickly. Good job as these are heading for the children’s Easter baskets, so I need three. I’m planning on adding feather markings with needle felting again. Umming and ahhing about whether to use twigs or pipe cleaners for the legs.

Just one book on the go this week, which means I’ve read more of Hard Times. I’m dreaming of sitting in the garden this holiday, reading my book while the children play quietly. Hmm. We’ll see!

If you’re looking for fresh knitting/crocheting and book inspiration, why not check out Ginny‘s yarn along. Save me a seat. I’ll be along later, once I’ve cleared my desk some more…..

Edited: the pattern for the robin and the chicks can be found here.

36 thoughts on “Yarn Along- almost a nest of birds

  • Wednesday 28 March, 2012 at 10:34 am
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    yeah RIGHT !
    GOOD book, children playing quietly.
    dream on sister.
    ps. LOVE those birds. xxx

    • Thursday 29 March, 2012 at 11:26 am
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      Tah! I could happen. And I’m holding onto the thought. (Fingers in ears) 😀

  • Wednesday 28 March, 2012 at 11:01 am
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    I have to say that I dream of the same things…and we are getting a fence to hopefully help that along! My kids are almost 4 and 19 months, and while they love playing outside, they also enjoy wandering into my neighbors very large garden, or trying to go to their Nana’s house who lives down the street…

    • Thursday 29 March, 2012 at 11:27 am
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      Sounds like you need a fence. How lovely to live so near to their Nana.

  • Wednesday 28 March, 2012 at 12:05 pm
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    your robin is precious!!! (I have a daughter named Robyn—might have to make one of those!) Enjoy your holiday!

    • Thursday 29 March, 2012 at 11:29 am
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      You have every excuse to make one! It is fun to make.

  • Wednesday 28 March, 2012 at 12:37 pm
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    The robin is too cute. They are my favourite birds!

    • Thursday 29 March, 2012 at 11:30 am
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      Fun to be crafting one in Spring. Our robins in the garden are very active at the moment. Robins. Not just for Christmas.

    • Thursday 29 March, 2012 at 11:31 am
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      I’m sure my lot will put them all together to make a nest. They love to play with toys like this together.

  • Wednesday 28 March, 2012 at 2:44 pm
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    Totally excellent!!!!!
    love the robin ..gosh that felting works and I love the chicks too you were inspired :0)

    • Thursday 29 March, 2012 at 11:32 am
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      Doesn’t the felting work. I’m so glad I did it that way. Fun to felt onto knitted wool.

    • Thursday 29 March, 2012 at 11:33 am
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      Neat idea. I’m sure the birds would be super cute.

  • Wednesday 28 March, 2012 at 9:40 pm
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    I love the birdies. I have said it before somewhere, but I shall not show my daughter… or they will be added to my very long crafting list 😉

    • Thursday 29 March, 2012 at 11:35 am
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      Golden rule in this house. Never let the children look over my shoulder when I’m looking at other people’s craft blogs. They see it is a pick list!

    • Thursday 29 March, 2012 at 11:35 am
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      Thanks Carla.

  • Wednesday 28 March, 2012 at 10:34 pm
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    The birds are so cute! I love the slight fuzziness of them-beautiful!!

    • Thursday 29 March, 2012 at 11:36 am
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      The needle felting does give it that lovely organic, fuzzy look. A bit like downy feathers. I’m going to use this method again.

  • Wednesday 28 March, 2012 at 11:53 pm
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    Those birds are so cute! They remind me of my baby chicks. Your blog is so sweet – full of crafty ideas…

    • Thursday 29 March, 2012 at 11:37 am
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      Thanks Allison. I’m glad you have found some crafty inspiration. 🙂

  • Thursday 29 March, 2012 at 6:26 am
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    Oh my! That robin is just the sweetest thing! So good to cross something else off the list. Hope your Easter dream comes true xx

    • Thursday 29 March, 2012 at 11:41 am
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      Almost finished, so should be ready in good time. Rats! I really shouldn’t have written that!

  • Thursday 29 March, 2012 at 6:17 am
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    I just love these – the robin is darling! As are the chicks. The needle felted red & white tummy works brilliantly. You are so clever! Can’t wait to see the finished chicks!

    • Thursday 29 March, 2012 at 11:39 am
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      The chicks may morph into yellow hammers (bird, not a building tool!), by the time I’ve added the cream stripes, but we will see. I’m loving the needle felting onto knitted. So easy.

    • Thursday 29 March, 2012 at 11:40 am
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      Thanks Natalie. He is a jolly little fellow!

  • Thursday 29 March, 2012 at 6:49 am
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    That little robin is so cute! The felted stomach looks awesome. And what pattern are you using for the chicks? I was thinking about knitting up some too…

    • Thursday 29 March, 2012 at 11:42 am
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      I’ll add the pattern into the post. Originals were beautiful yellow and red birds.

  • Thursday 29 March, 2012 at 8:02 pm
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    Oh the cuteness…. and my first born would so approve of your choice of book!!!

    • Monday 2 April, 2012 at 9:46 pm
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      I miss sitting down for an hour or so and concentrating on Dickens. I seemed to have more time as a teenager to just sit and read.

  • Friday 30 March, 2012 at 10:46 am
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    Those birdies are very cute!

    • Monday 2 April, 2012 at 9:42 pm
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      Thanks Greer. I’m loving making them.

  • Sunday 1 April, 2012 at 6:35 pm
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    oh how adorable, love your little birds so much! i used to have fairly good luck sitting and reading or knitting at the beach while my children played (as long as they weren’t in the water!)

    • Monday 2 April, 2012 at 9:44 pm
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      I seem to be getting away with sewing at the moment. Wonderful light for applique.

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