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For the Birds

June 15

I had a blast making Hannah Fettig’s Bird’s Nest Pincushion to celebrate my friend Adrienne’s birthday.

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Though the pattern calls for DK weight yarn, I wanted the nest to have a fairly solid structure to it. Also, I wanted the eggs to have a tight fabric to keep the fiberfill from showing. I chose worsted weight yarns, and knit them on the needle size from the pattern.

Both yarns are souveniers of the Great Portland Yarn Crawl a couple of weeks ago. Kilcarra of Donegal Aran Tweed came from Dublin Bay and lends a twiggy look to the nest. Some luscious Shi Bui Merino Alpaca from Knit Purl  has just the right blue shades for eggs. (Expect to see the Shi Bui again in some future design – I fell in love it!)

The nest is knitted in a delightful cable pattern. Once it was complete, I looked around for a way to block it so it would have a flat bottom when done. Voila! A juice glass was just the ticket to make it the right size around. I added a cereal bowl …

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 And Ta-Da! The nest has a nice flat bottom (which I wish I could relate to) and sits flat, rather than rocking around.

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I hope Adrienne likes her nest. She’s a fantastic seamstress, so it should be useful as a pincushion as she sews. If not,  she can always decorate a tree with it!

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  If you want to check out Hannah’s book “Closely Knit”, you can find it here.

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Hanna’s Heart

November 21

By now, knitters all over the ‘net have showed off their clever uses of Hannah Fettig’s darling Heart Pin. Here’s how I used one I made last night. This is on a package for Mary (of Mary’s Garden Sock renown). Happy Birthday, dear friend!

 I attached the heart to the ribbon by making a little loop on the back. I picked up two stitches on the back, knitted a couple of rows, then knitted them together with stitches a couple of rows up. Then I passed the present’s ribbon through the loop I had made.

If you like the Heart Pin, you might also enjoy Hannah’s book Closely Knit. Our LYS guru Alana arranged for Hannah to spend an afternoon at the shop. We got to see the projects from her book in person. They include all kinds of fun techniques that I can’t wait to try.

For a glimpse into the life of a Real Designer, check out Alana’s NeverNotKnitting podcast, Episode 4. In the interview, Hannah describes how she ended up writing her book and what it was like to create over 30 patterns and their projects all in about a year’s time. Amazing! All I can say is, the world doesn’t produce enough coffee for me to even consider such ambition.

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