Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Rainbow Chookies Mobile


A while ago, my son's kindy teacher from last year gave me a bag of scrap wool that was left over finger knitting and knots. She was going to get rid of it thought but I might be able to do something with it. So I took it home. Katie and I spent a few hours untangling and undoing finger knitting and lots of knots. The bag has been sitting in my stash of a while now. I pulled it out the other day and knitted up these cute little chickens.

I have seen hanging bird mobiles in the Indian nik-nak shops made with recycled material. I love them but they have been a bit pricey. I thought I'd make my own with recycled wool.

Here's how I did it.......I cast on 12 stitches, knitted a square so that when I folded it over it made a triangle. Where the sides match up, sew the side up and stuff it with wool or poly fill. Sew the other side up and sew on some little scrap red felt for the wattles. I had some wooden beads that I used from a necklace that I got from the opp shop a few weeks ago, knotted an old bell on the bottom and a key ring up top, then threaded it together with some strong thick beading thread. Easy....:) It was a great way to used up wool scraps and odd beads.

16 comments:

nocton4 said...

thats lovely, great colours x

Cadi said...

Rainbow chickens. I love it! Here's another nice mobile idea for yarn scraps... http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/birdie-decoration.html

SeaStar said...

Looks great, You clever chooky!

Ariad said...

I love those ckooks!

karen said...

thats so cute, lucky you saved those scraps! love the colours

karisma said...

Cute! I have a bag full of yellow and white little chookies. They came with a bag of wool I scored at an op shop! Not quite sure what to do with them. I love your mobile idea, however mine are not quite so colourful. Mine are not sewn up but someone obviously lovingly knitted them. If you have any ideas...let me know... I would be happy to pass them on.

Speaking of chicky babes, one of mine flew the coup the other day! Long story but oh my chickens are worse than kids!!!

softearthart said...

Oh so cool, cheers Marie

Leanne said...

Oh I swoon over anything chicken...but chicken and knitted...well!!! Gorgeous just gorgeous!

mountainwildlife said...

Adorable! And since I can knit now (woo hoo!) these are even within my grasp! Thanks :)

Toria said...

Cute & colourful. What a good idea to make your own. I saw one of those bird mobiles in an opshop once, but unfortunately it was marked not for sale.

Appleshoe said...

Wonderful Idea! Your chickens are adorable and I love the playful colors. I know exactly the type of hangings you are talking about. I might have to give this a try. Take care.

Julie said...

they are wonderful!Don't the kids just love them.

Crochet with Raymond said...

sooooooooooooooooo perfectly rainbow-licious!
I love it, and love the baby hand rainbow shot on your blogger profile!
I love rainbows too!
Love from Alice and Raymond XXX

messyfish said...

Oh you are a gem! I was way too scared to follow a pattern to knit a chicken. You have made it easy. My little one asked for some when I asked him what I could make for our spring table. I love your idea and you recycling prowess.

Kimara@weefolkart said...

This is really adorable. A great first knitting project and a wonderful way to use up those left overs! Thanks for sharing. I'll be linking on Facebook.

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