Posts Tagged ‘pigeons’

Pigeon Video

Monday, May 17th, 2010

At least they are trained to nest in their flowerpot!

They’re Back!

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

I guess one-month old pigeons are not fully independent yet.  Tonight when I was watering my plants I noticed that Bernice and Bernie had taken up residence in with my radishes.

To keep them from fertilizing my plants, I brought their “home” back again, and within minutes, they were cuddling in their flowerpot once more.

I was talking with my mom, and we agreed that pigeons might be a little like kids.  They can grow up and move out, but they can always come back and expect a spot to stay.  I don’t mind so much as long as they don’t poop all over my garden.

This evening my sewing machine was back in action.  I was making some project bags out of old bed sheets and things.  While I was all set up for sewing I took the weaving off of my loom and sewed that into what might be a bag or a pillow cover or something.

I’m not quite sure what to make it into, but I’m thinking it might be a cool shopping bag, or craft bag.  It doesn’t really match my decor as a pillow case.

The weaving was warped with cascade 220 charcoal gray wool, and the weft was a variety of wool that I bought at a thrift shop.  This is the first time I’ve tried weaving two layers of fabric at the same time.  It’s a pretty neat technique that results in the bottom of the bag being seamless.  I sewed the two side seams with a very dense zigzag stitch to attach all the strings together.  It seems pretty sturdy.  I just need to find something to use as handles now!

My loom is still warped–enough for 2 more bags I think. I need some colour inspiration though–any ideas?

Empty Nest

Friday, May 14th, 2010

They are gone!  24 hours of an empty nest and empty balcony signals my opportunity to clear out all traces of pigeon.  The young birds were last seen hopping around in my dishpan flower boxes.  They had practiced flying from shelves to the bench to the balcony floor and back again.

These little birds sure grew up fast!  I snuck a picture of two pigeons on the balcony rail, and I can’t tell from this shot if it is the parents or the babies.  When I opened my balcony door they flew off, hovered and circled back.  This makes me think that they are the young ones–scared to fly too far away from safety.This may be the last I see of them.  I’ve taken down the balcony screening, and moved the bench inside (after I washed a LOT of pigeon poop off of it).  The shelf and flower pots are moved into the wind–we’ll see how hardy these birds are.  They were pleasant enough company for the spring, but I don’t think I would like them to stick around all summer too.

Now maybe my plants will get the attention they deserve.  I was hesitant to go out and water, lest I disturbed the birdies.

Two Great Escapes

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

I’m happy to announce that the pigeons have made their grand escape from the flower pot!  While making dinner, I heard cooing, peeping and flapping noises from outside.  I saw the parent encouraging Bernie to flap.  It was funny to watch.  Bernie sat there flapping away without lifting himself off of the bench.  It must take several workouts to develop strong wing muscles.

Bernie and Bernice are on the loose

I quietly snuck out onto the balcony to watch their progress–the parents seem quite scared of me and took off immediately, but the little ones hopped onto my shelves and into my dishpans of dirt (that will eventually grow things that are greener than pigeons!)

It’s Tuesday today, and that means cheap movie tickets…so I planned a great escape of my own!  I packed up my knitting and headed to watch “A Shine Of Rainbows” at the Screening Room.  It is an Irish movie which is charming and a bit sad, as most Irish movies are.

before the movie

Last night I had already turned the heel on the socks so during the movie it was smooth sailing…

after the movie

I’m wondering if there is a better heel construction for self striping wool.  I really like the solid construction of the heel flap and reinforced heel, but it doesn’t keep the matching stripe pattern so well.  Short row heels would probably maintain the pattern better.

What’s your favourite heel construction?

Pigeon Toes

Monday, May 10th, 2010

The sun is shining, the wind has calmed down a bit, and things are feeling like spring again.

It’s so warm out that the pigeons are showing their toes!

They are making a little “cheep cheep” noise when startled by the camera or by my shadow, and they hop around a lot in the flower pot.

They are getting iridescent feathers around their faces, and they’ve lost almost all of their little yellow feathers they had since they were born.  They look like they are all grown up, but from what I can tell, they’ve never left their “nest”.  I look forward to seeing them taking flight in the future.  In the mean time, they don’t seem to mind too much when I go out to the balcony to water my plants.

Percy Meets Bernie and Bernice

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Ever since my friend showed me the pattern for a knitted pigeon, I had to make one….

Today was the day that Percy meets Bernice and Bernie.  I’m not sure what they think of each other, but I think my Percy pigeon looks pretty good.

If you want to make your own Percy, here’s the pattern [Ravelink]

Black Bean Dye Day 3

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Today I was up early checking on the wool that was hung out to dry overnight.  It was surprisingly blue!!

left: sock weight superwash, right: aran weight 100% wool

Here, just to compare the before and after shots:  the middle skein is the original cream coloured “just off the sheep” look.  The one to the right is the lichen coloured result of dyeing with black beans then dipping the wool in ammonia afterwards.  The one on the left is the slate-blue colour that is just the black bean dye.

I have yet to try an acidic after-dyeing treatment, I wonder if it will make it purple.  Perhaps black-bean juice could be used as a pH indicator!  Who said chemistry class isn’t useful….

I couldn’t think about chemistry for very long though, because under that bench, the pigeons were making a bit of a flap.  Bernice has learned to use her wings….one at least, as I quickly learned.  Here’s the video:

Future videos will be taken from slightly farther away!  Who knows when I’ll end up with a face full of pigeon….yikes!

Bernice and Bernie

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

There is currently some top secret knitting on the needles in sock weight yellow and purple…it will all be revealed when the project is completed, but for now, more news about the pigeons.

Today I was given an excellent suggestion for pigeon names–Bernice and Bernie….do you know of a pigeon named Bernice? Do you remember Sesame Street?? Bert named his pet pigeon Bernice. While searching youtube for this videoclip I realized again how much I love vintage Sesame Street–here’s a videoclip that is older than me!

I’m not going to play checkers with my pigeon…I don’t know that my pigeons will put up with me photographing them for much longer. I brought the camera out today, and Bernice puffed up and stood up and started to almost unfurl her wings. This was the first time I saw some little pigeon feet!

Here’s another Sesame Street pigeon reference–this one is for you Mom!

Percy The Pigeon

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

These days I’m talking a lot about pigeons… a friend of mine noticed, and found this great knitted pigeon pattern for me.

image source:

Percy The Pigeon Pattern available for download from the “” website.  I think I may have to make one to keep my pigeon buddies company.

Pigeons on a sunny Monday

Pigeons on a snowy Tuesday

What should I name my pigeons?


Colourful Weekend (and a pigeon video!)

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

This weekend I got a chance to wander around in the woods for a while and look at the flowers and the leaves as they burst forth from their buds.

Red Trillium

lacy maple leaves

White Trillium

birch leaves

It was nice to get a chance to be outside on such a lovely day!  I can feel myself getting inspired by the delicate colours all around me.

In spring knitting…here’s the first of one of the strangest mittens I’ve ever seen.  They are called “pogies” and are for rowers.  There is an opening for the oar to go inside the mitten.  I’m following a pattern, but I’m not sure how well they will fit this particular rower or their oars.  One down, one to go!

I got home to find my pigeons are getting fluffier these days

saturday pigeons

And for those of you who don’t believe that they click at me…. here’s proof!

Now…is that an angry clicking noise?  What do you think?