Monday, June 10, 2013

Duck Tails

I wake up every morning and get out between 5 or 6 every morning to 'release the hounds'.  This is the shot of the back 40 this morning as Sissy and her Posse were out grazing.

We put the 2 goslings I hatched in the incubator with her 3 babies yesterday afternoon.  I had them out with the ducklings in the pen, but the ducks were beating them up.  So I thought to put them with their own brothers and sisters.  Sissy looked at them, said, "Honk" and led them all away. I guess the adoption is complete then!

I've made these little pockets out of wool roving that was on sale as yarn for $1.00 at the fabric store.  When baby ducklings first hatch, they like to burrow under stuff to make them feel like they are under mama's wing.

I cannot walk around with baby ducks under my arm, so I invented these little pockets.  In the nursery, I put the pocket on it's side and the ducklings snuggle inside and sleep. It's funny to see naught but a little yellow ducky tail sticking out the edge of the pocket!
It's actually a pretty easy knit on size 10 1/2 needles.
Cast on 30, knit in stockinette for a while...I think I did something like 12 rows, bind off 5 at the beginning and 5 at the end, knit 10 rows in stockinette, then cast on 5 stitches at the beginning, and another 5 at the end.  Knit for the same rows as before the decrease (12 rows in my case, then bind off.  To construct that into a pocket, you'll need to follow the letters:

Match the letters to the corresponding letters and sew.  It's best to sew up the sides first, matching A's sewing down to C's on one side, then B's to D's on the other side. Then sew along the bottom, where the corners of both C and D will meet in the middle of the skinny part of the I.

Once the sewing is done, I put a row of single crochet across the top to make it sturdier.  They'd make cute little baskets for stuff too.

Now that hatching is over for the year, I am thinking I'll throw it in the washer and see how it felts. Maybe that will make it a firmer pocket.

See? I still knit.  It's just odd stuff that comes off the needles. 

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