Bird’s nest

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I made this cute little nest for Easter. I had some more decorations planned, but this was all I had time for.

I remember seeing something like this on a blog years ago, only made in wire. It was awesome, and I planned to make one for a long time, but then I lost the link and forgot about it.

Of course I couldn’t find my wire the day I did this, so I used some faux leather string I have for macrame, first in brown, then in green. It was wonky and weird and didn’t look much like a nest:

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Then I used some tweed effect wool yarn to shape it and plug all the holes. And what do you know, it actually looks like a nest!

The eggs are beads in a weird iridescent lime green, so they’re hard to get proper pictures of. I wanted to get some blue ones instead, to make it look like a robin’s nest. Now it looks like this:

Thou shalt not suffer a spider to live…

Yesterday a spider came crawling up our livingroom curtains. I just squealed and pointed, and my boyfriend jumped up to rescue me. He caught the thing in a cup and threw it out on the street. I took this picture of it just to show you how tiny it was, you can barely see it:
I took two other pictures a little closer, but I had to delete them because I couldn’t look at them. Anyway, I was very happy to be rid of this thing, since sometime before Christmas it had been sitting on the floor in the corner behind the couch where I couldn’t reach it with the vacuum cleaner. But of course, my happiness wasn’t going to last long…
This morning my boyfriend found a big nasty spider in our kitchen cabinet, but it ran and hid in a crack before he could catch it and throw it out. So now I can’t get to the plates and the bowls in that cabinet, because of that darn monster 😦 I’ve had plans for a while about spraying the house down with some sort of pesticide (I just call it “kill”), but it’s not really healthy and the rooms would need airing afterwards, so it’s a lot of work… One thing I hate about spring is that all these nasty critters come out of their holes to plague me :/

The oystercatchers are back!

Every spring/summer the last few years there has been a pair of oystercatchers nesting on the roof of one of the university’s buildings, and a webcam has been put up there right by the nest. It’s not really bothering the birds, you get to see them doing whatever they do, cleaning up around the nest, grooming, sleeping and almost getting blown away in bad weather. They are so cool, and the chicks are even cuter 😀 I’ve been checking the page often and looking for the birds almost every day the past two weeks, and two days ago they finally arrived 🙂 Here is a picture of the pair collecting stones for their nest. You can see an egg by the wall. Two more will probably be laid soon.

The page is both in Norwegian and English, and you can choose how often the picture updates, from 1 to 30 seconds. Streaming video will be up some time later 🙂

Spring crochet-along!

There is a new crochet-along at PlanetJune, the creator of the cute groundhog you may have seen earlier this year. For this CAL you can chose between two different crochet patterns, a daffodil and a tiny whale. Both patterns are free! 


The CAL last until the end of May, so there is lots of time to make a bouquet of daffodils or an army of whales 🙂

Read more about the CAL on PlanetJune’s blog or Ravelry group. There is also a Flickr group for amigurumi made from PlanetJune’s patterns, where tou can add pictures of your finished creations if you don’t have a Ravelry account.

Spring & other good things :)

Today I saw one of my favorite signs of spring: the bumblebee! Actually I saw two “bumbles” (yep, that’s what I call them), different kinds and everything 🙂 I didn’t have my camera with me to photograph the little furry beasts, but here is a bumble that was sitting outside our window for hours last summer:

The poor thing was probably tired after nest-building and stuff, so we fed it a few drops of maple syrup. A few minutes later both the syrup and the bumble was gone 🙂

My mother called me earlier today and told me I’ve got a job for the summer, working in a  small shop at home. Yay 🙂 And I hadn’t even applied for it! I’ll start in the beginning of June and will probably be working for a couple of months, so I won’t be completely broke when school starts again in August. I am a little nervous, though, I haven’t had a job like this before, I really don’t like working with people. I hope there won’t be too many customers… The good thing is that the store sells some yarn (the cheap kind I use for amigurumi), so I’ll probably spend some on my pay on that :p
Finally, I got two new books in the mail today (and I’m waiting for a third) 🙂
Tasty Crochet by Rose Langlitz and Crochet Bouquet by Suzann Thompson. I can’t wait to try out some of the patterns in these books 🙂 The flower book probably looks a lot like 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet, but it’s really not. While all the flowers in 100 Flowers are supposed to be realistic, most of the flowers in Crochet Bouquet are elaborate fantasy flowers in lots of different colors and yarns, and embellished with buttons, beads and other cool things 🙂 Tasty Crochet is full of cool amigurumi patterns for different kinds of food, arranged like a cookbook with breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Yum!