A Bird’s Nest

What is it about Bird’s Nests that we are so attracted to them?  They’re all over the web, on book covers, as jewelry, as decorations, on cards, in paintings, etc.  What is the “draw”?:)

Does it have something to do with the brown mess of twigs and sticks, mud and leaves, tenderly assembled into a home?

Is it the wonder of these little creatures so diligently crafting their home to house and hold their little-ones-to-be?

Is it the pretty, soft-colored eggs that lie there in expectant waiting?

Does it represent hope? new life? spring? future joy?

Perhaps it is all this and more. Perhaps it’s the perfect picture of an exquisite everyday exclamation! A monumental mundane!  A typically UN-noticed and hidden jewel perched precariously in a tree, exposed to wind and weather, yet enduring.

When we peer into a Bird’s Nest, do we see ourselves? our lives? our life’s work?

I don’t know.  All I know is that I love to draw them. Love to knit them. Love to crochet them. Somehow they speak to me of Spring. Of Hope. Of Life.

P.S. To crochet this bird and its nest, click here for my pattern to purchase.  To knit the nest and eggs in the middle photo, click here for the free pattern from Purl Bee.

On My DPNS

Say What? For those of you who do not knit, DPNS may be a new word.  It’s actually an anacronym for Double Pointed NeedleS.  These are knitting needles which have points on both ends (instead of just one end) and are only about 8″ long.  I LOVE working on DPNS!

They are used for knitting in the round, meaning that you work around in a circle, rather than back and forth on a flat, rectangular piece. They allow you to create hats, tubular scarves, sweaters and sleeves without seaming, handbags and all kinds of other rounded shapes.  My recent craze is knitting these awesome bird’s nests and eggs:

Aren’t they fun?? I can’t decide which I love most…the PROCESS of making them or the END RESULT!  Both are de-light-ful!!  Being a crocheter as well, I’ve often thought that it was only in crochet where you could begin in the middle of a circle and work your way out.  BUT NO! These eggs and nests have showed me how simple it is to start at one “end” of an egg, increase to the desired circumference, and then decrease to the other end.  All in one piece!  Then the nest is really the same concept!  You just squash one half of the “egg” shape down into the other half and voila! You have a nest! So, so fun to make.

If any of you are knitters and you want to make this, click here for the FREE pattern from Purl Soho.  It is off of their blog, the Purl Bee, which is one of my absolute favorite spots for inspiration and patterns (both free and for purchase) for knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, etc.  It is visually one of the most beautiful craft blogs on the web!  As an artist, I adore feasting my eyes on how they have photographed the creations and the type of projects they seem to choose are wonderful.

Oh my…in linking you to The Purl Bee, I see a Big Cuddly Bunny I’ve just gotta make for Maddie!  And I have THIS PATTERN on order for more bunnies…so full of character, I just can’t resist!!  Drawings and photos forthcoming!!!!!