My very lovely, talented sister kindly offered to sell some homemade things for me at a few London craft fairs she was doing in the run up to christmas last year. For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to build up a flock of small, knitted birds. They turned out ok, but in my head these tiny birds were going to be simple and quick to make. They really weren't. They were a bit faffy and took ages. Definitely not a money-spinner.
This time I wanted to try something bigger and less knitty, that wouldn't take so long. Would owls be wise? Now I know this isn't a novel idea by any stretch - they're everywhere at the moment, but I love that simple retro owl shape, and thought I'd give it a whirl anyway. One of the things that got me thinking along the owl line was this fantastic old flowery sheet I picked up in a charity shop for a few pounds. Must be enough here for a whole colony.
I've made small, medium and large ones and they're all around the kitchen, watching..
They're stuffed with the filling from cushions bought at a car boot, so almost completely created out of recycled bits. And for some owl variety I found these other vintage prints at a fantastic place in Hereford selling secondhand/salvaged material and haberdashery.
The wings on the bigger owls are knitted, and I stuck on bits left over from the good old mouse/mitt cashmere socks for the small ones. A friend suggested these little fellas could be used as pin cushions - maybe this would be fun too?
and there's more owly nonsense.....they are the cashmere socks that keep on giving...
I'm linking up with Lakota's 'Ta-dah!' Tuesday