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Friday, 19 October 2012

Rockin' Robins

Finally the rain has stopped and the robins could go out to roost in the apple tree

I like mooching around charity shops, and recently found a small pile of knitting and sewing books. They had clearly been donated by one person. I bought this one for £1.50, which I thought was a bargain. It is jammed full of knitting patterns for all sorts of toys, but I think my favourite pattern is the one on the cover.


I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was trying to design a realistic robin for Christmas. Well, I think for the moment I am going to admit defeat. None of my robins looked very robin like. So I was left with a lot of brown and red wool, and thought I would have a go at Jean Greenhowe's little robin, which is part of the scarecrow pattern. They are really easy to make. It is Frankie's birthday tomorrow, and she said she would like to give each of her friends a little robin in their going home bags.

So I waited all yesterday for it to stop raining, so I could take a photo of the robins outside. But it seemed like the rain will never stop, so here is my first photo of the rockin' robins on my table indoors.  The rest of the brown wool has been used on another more autumny knit, which I'm in the process of writing up.




45 comments:

  1. I so love Sammy the scarecrow- a friend of a friend knitted one for me 26 years ago- he is still going strong along with the robin- he comforted all my boys when they were poorly- and still wove his magic when two were at uni and got glandular fever and had to come home for some tlc!
    This row of robins looks gorgeous. What a lucky charity shop find!

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  2. Looks like a great find. Those robins are adorable. That scarecrow on the cover looks fun to make too.

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  3. These are so sweet! I bet they would look lovely on a nature table.

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  4. They are very cute! I do love knitted things, but sadly, I do not have the talent or patience to knit! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. adorb! your stuff is great...so whimsical.

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  6. What cute little robins! I can't knit a lick, but I admire people who can. My aunt would love these. Thanks for stopping by (and, yes, the jack-o-lantern is a cat).

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  7. Oh, what a coincience! I've just brought the same book back from my mother's, with a pile of other Jean Greenhowe patterns she didn't want any more. Over the years she knitted many of them, so I thought I would have a go, although I'm really a novice knitter. I want to do the penguins, and the hedgehogs, and the bees, and I love the 'witty knits' - and there's a pattern for a pedlar woman, with a tray of goodies... My Snapshot is at http://goo.gl/LAoN2

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  8. What well-behaved little robins sitting so nicely in the tree! And so cute. I don't even know how to hold a knitting needle... I have to rely on others to make my crafts.

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  9. How cute is that! I love them out in their "natural" setting!

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  10. Those are so cute! I think it would be fun to see people do a double-take if they were out somewhere in public. :)

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  11. They are darling...turned out really well♫

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  12. I love the robins in the tree - made me smile :-)
    My knitting is limited to the occasional scarf so I admire your skill and patience in creating these lovely critters.

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  13. Robins always make me smile and these are no exception! :)

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  14. awww these are sooooooooo cute! a great make and a great charity shop find! i'm sure the book's former owner would be happy to know you are making such good use of it :) x

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  15. I love charity shops, you can find some real bargains. The robins are lovely.

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  16. How really thoughtful to put one in each bag. I am sure they will be gratefully received.

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  17. That's a blast from the past- one of my friends had that scarecrow doll!

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  18. Cute and how fab do they look in the tree! How lovely of your daughter to want to give one to all her friends. So thoughtful.

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  19. They're a very cute group of robins and all seem to have different expressions (and therefore personalities!!) x

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  20. I got myself a pile of lovely crochet patterns in charity shops the other day, so really appreciate the joy of finding treasures there. The robins are sweet, think I have that pattern so will see if I can find it. I crocheted 2d robins last year and made them into brooches as I struggled with making something solid too

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  21. I remember those Jean Greenhowe knitting books, she came up with some fab ideas. Nice little robins sitting on the branch.

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  22. Jean Greenhowe is the queen of knitted toys, I remember my daughter's godmother making her an amazing Robin Hood when she played the role in a village Panto. Your little robins are very cute!

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  23. What a lovely Mum to make one each for the take-home bags. Very cute indeedy!

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  24. Your rockin robins are lovely. Isn't it wonderful when the rain stops. Have a lovely week.
    Ali x

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  25. I think Frankie's friends will love the rockin robins. I was only talking to a lady about Jean Greenhowe's books the other day. My mum used to make from these books, brings back good memories :)

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  26. They look so cute. Lined up like that, they look like they are singing together.

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  27. How fun! My kids would adore those.

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  28. Very cute!

    By the way, I've nominated you for a blog award! http://omlair.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/awesomesauce.html

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  29. The robins are great, and would be a fun Christmas decoration.

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  30. Those are just precious! I agree, these would be great Christmas decorations. Like with some branches and put on the mantel with some garland! Great job! Thanks for sharing at Hookin On Hump Day!

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  31. Oh, those are wonderful!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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  32. Very cute, especially in a flock!

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  33. Soo cute, these little robins!!

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  34. L-O-V-E the birds. My son would have a fit! Total bird lover... LOL
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