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Nuthatches, cardinals and stitches, oh my!


I think I may have finally hit on a squirrel-resistant (dare I think squirrel-proof?) place to hang the bird feeders πŸ™‚ I almost never hang laundry there any more (I hang it on the deck instead) so when I was looking for a new location for them, I decided to give it a try, and it appears that the critters may not be able to climb that pole, at least I’m hoping that’s the case!

In addition to the usual cardinals, titmice, chickadees, juncos, etc., this year the white-breasted nuthatch has been joined by a couple of the less common (at least around here) red-breasted nuthatches, which are smaller … and very cute. They’re all giving the seed supply a real workout.

I picked up some Cascade 220 Heather this summer; it’s finally been whispering to me and after some swatching, I’ve started a gansey-type sweater. The color is #9410 (color is way off in the photo!). Of course I’ve already tinkered with the cables (6 sts x 8 rows instead of 4×4) and one pattern that’s supposed to be a tree, but looked more like a lop-sided diamond, so I hope the new version will be more tree-like, or I’ll be doing some serious ripping (127 sts). The delights of designing on the fly!


Author: joyknits

Knitter, designer, tech editor, spinner sharing a home in the Missouri Ozarks with my husband (53 years and counting), 1 dog, 2 cats, and way too much stash!

5 thoughts on “Nuthatches, cardinals and stitches, oh my!

  1. pretty pretty swatch!!! Do you have any Caroline wrens? Their songs are so beautiful. I also have Flickers, Downy woodpeckers, Red breasted woodpeckers. I feed suet so that my be why.

  2. Am interested in knowing if this works. I’ve tried everything and the squirrels laugh in our face…..I’m beginning to believe they are terrorist squirrels! πŸ™‚

  3. This gansey looks very promising. I like the tree shapes.

  4. At first, I was hoping nuthatches were some type of cookie. Hey, I’m Polish, Czech and Ukranian… we spell things weird like that.

  5. I love your sweater pattern, your bird report, and the September sunset picture. How do you get the “snow” to fall on that picture.

    I, too, am into bird watching at our feeders. We don’t have a squirrel problem but rather a deer problem. Every night about 7:00 they come into the yard and empty the feeders. They’re about five feet from the house!

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