Have you ever visited this site? http://wildbabyrescue.org/
If you haven’t, you should!
It’s a very cute site, but what is really awesome about it is the work they do! These people help injured and/or orphaned wildlife babies recover so they can grow up and have healthy lives.
A while back, I bought a crochet magazine that had a pattern to make a nest. The article asked people to make these nests, which are great around the house for things like keeping wash cloths in on the bathroom counter, filled with potpourri, or around a large plant pot as you will see on the picture below.
But what they wanted people to do is send them some nests so they could be used by recovering little babies, as seen below. Awwww…
So we had a meeting and made some, then we went ahead and shipped the nests to them!
Now, we didn’t really follow the pattern from the magazine. We just used two strands of worsted acrylic yarn (Caron One Pound) and worked with smaller hooks (H, I believe) and made the stitches, single crochet, very tight. You see, in order for the little critters not to hurt themselves by getting little paws and claws stuck in holes, the fabric has to be tightly woven.
So we just did ch2, then 6 sc into the first ch. From there on, we worked in the round continuously, no turning chains or joining at the end of rounds, increasing as needed to maintain it flat, until the piece measured 10″ in diameter. At that point, we just continued working in the round, but made no more increases, until the sides’ height measured about 4″ – 6″.
And that’s it! Of course, I wish I had remembered to take pictures of our finished nests, but I forgot. It sort of looks like a pill hat for someone with a really, really big head! :)
If you want to make one and send to them, the address is in the text with the first picture above. If you can’t read it, just post a comment and I’ll email the address to you, or you can always just look it up on their website (address posted at the beginning of this post).
If you want to make one and live in the Northern DE area, just come to one of our meetings and bring the materials, I’ll show you how. By the way, there is a meeting scheduled for this evening, Thursday (06/30).
Let’s help animals together!