Monday, 20 January 2014

Adventures in Bird Knitting

Is it a plane? Is it a superhero? No! It's a flock of giant knitted birds nesting in our window!

These branches are totally real and came from some woodland near Edinburgh (they'd been blown down in the recent stormy weather; we didn't chop them down in a moment of high spirited vandalism). They've also been embellished with lovely knitted and crocheted flowers.

This cute blue tit pattern comes from Lesley Stanfield's 75 Birds, Butterflies & Beautiful Beasties to Knit & Crochet. The original pattern is written for 4 ply yarn, but I decided to scale mine up so I used 9mm needles and Patons Big Fab for the cream parts. For the yellow, blue, black and green, I used Rowan Big Wool as this yarn has a softer colour pallette than the Big Fab and the colours looked a lot more nature-y.

Brenda's beautiful dove is also knitted in Big Fab, and its pretty eyes are made from these Rowan filigree buttons.

Also starring in our window is this great aran sweater knitted by Susan H. You can't see the stitch pattern very well in this photograph, but it's Sirdar pattern 2392, knitted in the excellently named shade 913 Foxtail of Sirdar Supersoft Aran.

Please drop by and enjoy our Spring window, located at 19 Howe Street, Edinburgh!

Post by Heather

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