Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Chicken Sweaters

Whoever heard of a chicken wearing a sweater? Well, apparently, these ladies in Great Britain did. After rescuing several battery chickens, a friend of Jane Blaine's, of Eynsham asked her to knit some of them sweaters (or jumpers as they are called in other parts of the world). What a nice person to manage to not only knit a sweater for these sad birds with missing feather, but to have the patience to measure them to start with. Those who have raised chickens can only imagine the dedication of these two ladies from Oxfordshire. Hats off to the two of you. To see a picture of one of the sweaters, follow the link below:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/oxfordshire/7950212.stm

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Feathered Friends


Yesterday was a beautiful day. The air was soft and warm, the flowers were beginning to show in the backyard, and the birds filled the area with song. I sat on my back steps with my video camera and attempted to capture the color and sounds of my backyard. I've posted the video on my other blog, www.craftingforanimals.blogspot.com. Please visit to enjoy.

Pigtail Cap Finished


I recently purchased Judith Durant's book, One-Skein Wonders. I've finished one of the hats, called the Knitted Cap with Pigtails. I enjoyed making the cap, which is knitted and crocheted, and am posting the pictures here. I used Plymouth Encore Colorspun Chunky in a blue-green-indigo combination. I think it turned out pretty cute. I'm trying to design a scarf to go with it. I'm not sure with a skein and a half left, if it will be enough, but here goes:

Cast on: 20 stitches with #10 needles
Rows 1-4: Seed Stitch
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: Purl
Repeat Rows 5 & 6 4 more times each.
Rows 15-18: K1, P1, repeat both until end of row.
Repeat Rows 5-18 until scarf is of desired length.
4 rows of Seed stitch
Bind off.

Spring Visitors

Spring has come to eastern North Carolina. We had a beautiful day yesterday and I had quite a few goldfinches at my bird feeders. They were nice enough to stay when I set up my video camera. I thought I'd share the beauty, song and overall peace.