Saturday, 25 April 2015

Knitted flamingo

Next up on my quest to knit birds from round the world - a knitted flamingo! While I was doing some research about the flamingo before I started knitting, I found out a couple of interesting facts. The pink shade of the flamingo depends on its diet - they eat shrimp and the colouring from the shrimp gives them their lovely pink hue. Flamingos in zoos have to be fed food with colouring added otherwise they would not be pink.

Also, when a flamingo loses its feather, it gradually fades away to white, so you will never be able to own a pink flamingo feather. Isn't that lovely?

No food colouring involved with my knitted flamingo - she is knitted from 100% pink merino wool. I've knitted a small flock of these and have decided to put one up for sale in my Etsy shop. I will post some photos of the whole flock soon!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Knitted rockhopper penguin

So now that my book of knitted birds is almost complete, I've decided to start knitting some new birds. The book focuses on birds that you can spot in Britain (although European and North American knitters will recognise an awful lot of them due to the wonders of migration) so I've decided to spread my metaphorical wings and try knitting some birds from around the world.

First up, a knitted rockhopper penguin!
I love penguins, and there are so many different varieties that I might try and knit a few different ones. First thing I need to do now though, is to knit a friend for this little fellow.