Adventures in Knitting in the Colorado Foothills
(with a little black cat)
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Scrap Yarn is for the Birds!
It's spring, and the birds are starting to build their nests for their babies. I have heard of saving your scrap pieces to give to birds but I have never seen a nest built with the scraps. I plan to roam the hills, valleys and national forest around my house in hopes of finding a colorful nest softened by bits of wool, cashmere, silk, and acrylics in a jumble of chartuese, echu, hot pink or amethyst.
This started last week when I made a pom pom for one of the JJ Baby hats (see pattern in archives), and it was one sorry-looking pom pom. I hated tossing all that yarn away, so I decided to donate them to my fine feathered friends. I have a few of these suet holders from our winter feeding activities, and instead of storing them away, I am putting them to a spring use. Every time I snip some yarn off from sewing seams or weaving in ends, I put them in a little container. I finally have enough (it took only a couple of days) to fill the suet holder. The good thing is the holes are big enough for the birds to easily grab the yarn and fly away with it.
I hooked the holder onto a branch of tree just outside our deck. It is right by the bird feeder so we should already have an audience.
Okay, birdies, it's ready. Starting building. Meanwhile, I'm going back to my needles.