Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The birds and the bees

The Knitty Blog recently featured a charity knitting invitation that I couldn't pass up – knitting nests for orphaned baby birds! I had some yarn left over from knitting a cowl that was perfect. As promised, the little nest worked up quickly.
Ready for tenants
Cute little thing; wouldn't it make an adorable baby hat?

I decided I had to make one – a baby hat, that is. The massage therapist who has been working on my frozen shoulder recently welcomed his fourth child into the world. Perfect; I'd make a little something for the newborn to show her daddy how much I appreciate the help I've gotten. I had some very girly yarn in my stash; doesn't it sing "Easter/Spring"?

As I was knitting, I quelled the little voice that said, "That's a little big, isn't it?" If it was, I reasoned, I could gift the first attempt to a friend's daughter; I had enough yarn for two. As I continued, the same little voice mentioned, "The cast-on edge is awfully tight, isn't it? No 'give' there at all!" Okay, so it wouldn't be a stretchy fit; that's okay, right? But when I reached the point to decrease for the crown I could no longer ignore my dissatisfaction with the almost-hat.

So I ripped it out and went searching on Ravelry for a better use of the yarn. Using the advanced search features, I found the Baby Eyelet Cardi and cast on. I'm MUCH happier with this project – and it's zooming right along!

To bring this post full circle back to nests and the creatures who use them, here is a robin for those of you who could use a reminder that Spring is on its way,
and some of our eggs. The blue egg is from Goldilocks, our lone Easter Egger. This is her second egg of 2014; the other was even smaller. Oh well, at least she is trying to get back into the groove of things, which is more than I can say for the Speckled Sussex!
And here are some things for the bees to go along with the birds in this post. ;-)

That's it for today from . . .


Retired Knitter said...

I love the yarn and the baby sweater. An excellent match. But the yellow nest as a hat for a bull dog .... To die for! Lol

How I love love love that bully!

Sharrie said...

Thanks for the flower pictures. I am just happy that it is above zero and sunny. I guess the snow will melt, but it can't be soon enough for me. The nest is adorable and would make an adorable baby hat. Try again, I know you can do it.

Nancy Kay said...

The little cardi is darling!! Thanks, too, for more signs of Spring!

Mama Pea said...

Cute nest. Cute hat (on doggie). The little cardigan is going to be lovely. Yes, that yarn is perrr-fect for this time of year!