knit one

During my convalescence I knitted quite a bit. I couldn’t really focus well enough to follow an intricate pattern, so I made these bird houses.The pattern is super easy.

I used worsted wool (good for felting) and size 11 dpns:
CO 18 st
Round 1 – *K3, M1* repeat = 24 st
Round 2 and every even round – Knit
Round 3 – *K4, M1* – repeat = 30 st
Round 5 – *K6, M1* – repeat = 35 st
Round 7 – K7, M1* – repeat = 40 st
Round 9 – *K5, M1* – repeat = 48 st
Knit 6-8 inches
Round 1 – *K6, K2tog* – repeat = 42 st
Round 2 and all even rounds – Knit
Round 3 – *K4, K2tog* – repeat = 35 st
Round 5 – *K3, K2tog* – repeat = 28 st
Round 7 – *K1, K2tog* – repeat = 19 st
Round 9 – *K1, K2tog* – repeat = 13 st
Round 10 – *K2tog* – repeat until 3 st left, K3tog = 6 st
Round 11 – *K2tog* – repeat = 3 st
using tapestry needle sew 3 st together

Each bird house took me an hour or so. When you’re felting, you knit very loosely. Gauge doesn’t matter either. I threw the finished nest (which was huge) into a hot wash with a towel for friction. They shrunk considerably.  I even got fancy:

They’re out in my yard now. And if I could keep my human stink off them (requiring a modicum of patience I seem still to not have), perhaps birds would actually call them home.

About halitentwo

i am. god is. we are. as soon as i write something about me i change, am different, evolving. i am trans. i am a parent. i am a partner. i am a human. i am attempting to live a well-lived life in the spaces in between, beyond definition, fluid, dynamic, omnifarious and always changing. hopefully growing.
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