Would you like to know how I Big Garden Birdwatch? Look out for me and the knitted birds in the new RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch TV ad and you’ll be able to find out! (Bill the Pigeon hasn’t shut up about it yet, I think the fame has gone to his head – he’s on the front of the envelope that the Birdwatch pack is delivered in!).
What’s the Big Garden Birdwatch? For 40 years, the RSPB been asking us to count our garden birds for an hour, every January. Over half a million people regularly take part, creating an amazing amount of data which allows the RSPB to monitor bird numbers and see which species need help. It’s not just a great way to gather data about UK bird life, it’s also fantastic fun – take a look at the RSPB website to see the different ways that people do their Birdwatch – including me!
Say hello to Barry the puffin! This cute little knitted puffin likes nothing better than a cosy cuddle and some tasty fish – he’s just the right size to fit in your hand for a squeeze. He’s easy and quick to knit, and you can buy his pattern from Ravelry, and knit kit/pattern from Etsy. What are you waiting for? Get stuffin that puffin!
Some very exciting news! The RSPB have made this gorgeous 2019 Knitted Birds calendar, using 12 of the knitting patterns from my Knitted Birds book. Would you like a whole year of cute bird knitting patterns, along with a stylish, practical calendar to help you keep organised? Well, look no further!
The Knitted Birds calendar contains 12 fun and easy bird knitting patterns, from my book Knitted Birds, along with detailed instructions, templates, and beautiful full colour photos of the knitted birds to keep you company all the way through 2019. You can buy the calendar now from my Etsy shop. Happy to ship worldwide!
Say hello to Lucy and Larry the lovebirds! They are my new knitting pattern – and they are a nice, relaxing knit. They’re knitted flat using DK yarn, and you can download the pattern from Ravelry, Love Knitting and Etsy. Lovebirds always prefer to be in pairs, so you really need to knit two!
Fred and Harvey are two little ducklings which are very easy to knit using oddments of Stylecraft DK and Drops Kid Silk – the Kid Silk gives them a soft, fluffy texture, but if you don’t have any in your stash, you can knit them using just DK and they will be just as cute!
To mark Curlew Crisis month, you can download my Wendy the Curlew knitting pattern for free, via a code on the RSPB website! If you knit Wendy, don’t forget to use the hashtag #curlewcrisis so everyone can see your creations!
Spring is a busy time of year for birds – time for nest building, then eggs, and then hungry chicks to feed. Don’t forget to keep feeding your garden birds, even though the weather is getting warmer. They’ll appreciate the extra help at this hectic time of year!
April 21st is World Curlew Day! Time to celebrate Europe’s largest wading bird, and to think of ways that we can help this beautiful bird with the haunting cry; sadly they are in serious decline.
I designed this curlew knitting pattern for RSPB Shetland who are going to be celebrating their local curlews with events and knitted curlews in May. On Shetland they are known as “whaaps”, so please meet Wendy the Whaap, the knitted curlew! If you’d like to knit Wendy, her pattern is available on Etsy, Ravelry and Love Knitting. She’s made from beautiful Shetland DK wool from Jamiesons of Shetland.