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Topic: A knitted Arctic Tern! With recycled feet & beak, for bird yarns project.  (Read 1960 times)
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« on: June 08, 2012 12:40:48 PM »

I knitted an Arctic tern!  Arctic terns are amazing birds.  They have a longer migration than any other animal, from the Arctic to the Antarctic!

The tern is for the bird yarns project, highlighting the changing migration patterns of seabirds.  The pattern was written by Deirdre Nelson, and the yarn was a rich aran blue faced leicester supplied from Ardalanish. You had to knit the bird & then add a beak, legs & feet, with a request to use recycled materials where possible.

For the beak I used a cotton bud (a q-tip) and covered it in some fabric from some old holey tights!  The legs were from disposable razors, that I cut to size.  I then knitted leg warmers, using embroidery thread and 2.75mm needles (9 stitches in the round).  The feet were made from a margarine lid, covered in felt. 

I'm not sure Arctic terns & guinea pigs are friends!

My birdie is now migrating off to join the flock at Toberamory on the Isle of Mull  Smiley


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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2012 01:26:00 PM »

Oh gosh - it's so darn cute!
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2012 09:06:45 AM »

Would have liked to have seen a better full shot of the bird. But from what I DO see, it seems like it turned out pretty ok.
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2012 11:34:37 AM »

chek101 - my full pictures of the birdie were awful, the light was so bad & I needed to get him off to the Isle of Mull.  Plus he was a little wobbly on his feet - I should have put wire inside of him to create better structure.

The terns are now appearing in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, in Scotland, this is a picture that was taken yesterday from Bird Yarns facebook page.

I wish I was there!  The houses in Tobermory may look familiar to anyone who has ever seen the children's TV show Balamory, as that is where it was filmed.  In August the flock are coming to Edinburgh so hopefully I get a chance to see my birdie again!
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2012 10:46:21 AM »

Love the tern and LOVE the project! How awesome!

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