Saturday, June 09, 2007

Birdhouse for Mom

Pattern: Felted Birdhouse from Fiber Trends (scroll down the side to "Felt Bird Houses")
Yarn: Brown Sheep "Lamb's Pride" Bulky combo of wool and mohair in Blue Heirloom and Deep Charcoal
Completed: April 2007
New skill: Felting, knitting in the round with circulars

I'd been wanting to try felting for a while, and this seemed like a good project to start with. It didn't have to fit anyone in particular when it was done. It was fairly simple to knit (once I figured out how to knit in the round with two circulars, yay!). It didn't matter if it was too heavy or hot. Great, off we go. The yarn was lovely-feeling, if a bit pricey.

I finished it just in time for my trip home after Easter, but didn't have time to felt it before Mom's birthday. So I just wrapped it up as-is and thought it would be fun to give it to her beforehand, and then felt it there, so she could see the transformation.

She opened it up, tried to wear the roof as a hat, tried to wear the house as a neckwarmer, but eventually I stopped laughing and explained what it was. Then it was her turn to laugh and be skeptical, but she was up for the challenge.

We carefully felted the pieces in separate pillowcases (after reading about Yarn Harlot's mishap with Mr. Washie). The felting went FAST! Only one wash cycle and it was almost done. We felted it a bit more for good measure, then propped the pieces up to dry properly. After a few days, we cut the hole and Mom went out and found a twig, and I carefully sewed the roof on with a curved needle (this was very tricky. Good thing the stitches are hidden). I love how the roof makes it look like a funky mushroom.

Voila! A knitted decorative birdhouse, to add to Mom's collection. And the best part is, she remembers the fun time we had making it together whenever she sees it. Highly recommended.

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At 2:25 PM, Sonja said...

That's really cute!! Now I can't wait to felt something!


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