I love the color and the sleeves are long enough. Brand Phase Eight I'm surprised they don't accept them all year round - after all, there are always homeless on the streets with their dogs, and the British weather guarantees a jumper is needed! Well done and more colours please Would you recommend it?
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NN, those are great little jumpers.. CommentAuthor nanny north CommentTime Aug 23rd, 6: Thank you Lynn I took her back out to the others with a portion of grated cheese so they were all well pleased with her and her wages Ha ha.
Well, she was a very good lookin' bird!! She'll be tapping on your door tomorrow with a sign saying "will model for food"! Maybe I will do some - now that we have a staff room at work I can always do some in my lunch break to keep me busy.
It was lovely to see the picture so that I know what the finished article should look like! CommentAuthor nanny north CommentTime Aug 23rd, 9: No she is very down to earth CC and is happy for any tasty morsel to come her way. She is my little girl who likes to ride in the wheel barrow!! It will be good if you can do some Kate every one helps. I had to make the first one not knowing what it would be like so thought a picture would be helpful.
Doing them at lunch time is a good idea, you never know you might be able to rope someone in to make some as well. Well I haven't had such a laugh for quite some time! My next door must think I have gone quite bananas - at last! That Chook all dressed up - fantastic. I intend to set G'daughter knitting but not telling her what it is!!! And Kate's workmates will think that she has a strange-shaped grandchild I wish I could knit, but I never was able to master it. My best friend's Mom spent years trying to teach me..
I just couldn't get the hang of it. CommentAuthor nanny north CommentTime Aug 24th, 9: I know it looks funny on a fully feathered hen, and I dont mind you having a laugh, but when you see it on a battery hen it gives you a much different perspective about it. This is the design made from fleece, with adjustable Velcro straps..
They are 4 inches across the middle with a hole for their heads to come through. The holes itself is 2 inches across.
The large ends are 7 inches The length from one end to the other is 17 inches long. These do not have to be perfect, the girls really don't mind as long as they are warm for their first few weeks out of the farm..
I hope this is of some use Lynn, if you do manage to make a couple can you post a photo of them for me. I have loads of oddments of wool that I can use up so dont want to have to go out and buy fleece until I have used most of the wool. Thank you for the pattern, NN. I'll see if I can make one of them. Hi NN - can you email me the fleece option - I've got a couple of old fleece blankets that I could use and some odd bit of velcro.
CommentAuthor nanny north CommentTime Aug 24th, 7: It is on its way Tracy good luck and don't forget to post a pictue of them thanks. I'll get the old blankets out at the weekend and have a look and see what I can come up with. I have some left over fleece from making rat hammocks - I'll have a go this weekend if I get chance. CommentAuthor nanny north CommentTime Aug 25th, Oh wow thank you so much, I got five knitted so far so with a bit of luck we can get a fair few sent out to them from the hen cam girls.
Kateb I have some left over fleece from making rat hammocks - I'll have a go this weekend Poor Caitlyn when she gets to school comparing notes in the playground CommentAuthor nanny north CommentTime Aug 25th, 9: The other kids would probably go oh wow does she can we come and see them. Now if only i could knit I went to buy velcro today for the fleece ones I've cut out. I told one of the women at work and she thought I was joking - she looked at me like I was mad!
When I got back she had googled "chicken jumpers for ex-battery hens" and found the web site that has the patterns on it. She was amazed and didn't realise how terrible they are in battery conditions. She said if she could knit she'd do some but she can't so she won't, but good luck to us!!! She could have a go with the velcro and fleece though, Kate NN - can you email me the picture of your girl modeling her beautifuly knitted coat and the one of the girl in the fleece jacket.
I couldn't find hte thread the other day to show my mum. I'm just reading this thread. You women just warm my heart. My friend e-mailed the link to the site to her friend who retired recently and keeps moaning she needs a hobby.
My friend said "take up knitting" and explained about the hens. Her friend mailed back to say she can't knit where HAVE all the knitters gone?! She thought ex-batts didn't lay anymore so is pleasantly surprised! Kateb where HAVE all the knitters gone?! They knitted blankets which gave them nervous exhaustion and swore never to knit again, Kate It might be quicker then me taking up the knitting needles again. Another friend at work yes, I've got 2! She told her relative about it expecting her to laugh, and it turns out she's just taken in 6 ex batts too, and very seriously said that they need the jumpers and explained all the whys and wherefores.
My friend has now realised that its a very good thing to do - "a bit like charity" she said. She almost spoilt it by suggesting that when they don't lay any more she also thought ex-batts couldn't lay they could be eaten sorry!
I asked if she was intending to ask a doctor to euthenise her when she reached menopause as her 'use' would be gone. She said "fair comment". They will be converted - however slowly!!! Way to go Kate!! CommentAuthor nanny north CommentTime Sep 7th, Hi sorry I haven't been about for a few days, I haven't been slacking though and am now on my twenty second hen jumper!!!
Did you manage to find the site in the end Tracy or do you still want me to e-mail the pictures?? Well done Kate, it is nice to know the battle is going strong!! Could you post a picture of the fleece jackets you have made and let us know of any adjustments you have had to make to the original pattern. Blimey, NN, you're a one-woman production-line!
Blimey, I'm only on knitted jacket no. I have cut out the fleece but not sewn any velcro on yet. I cut it exactly to the pattern - as I don't have any chickens I can't try it for fit. I thought about using the rats too small or the cats too aggressive or the granddaughter CommentAuthor nanny north CommentTime Sep 8th, 9: I don't have to go to work now Kate so have more time than you do.
I knit quite quickly anyhow. I had to go out and get some more buttons yesterday. I was chatting to my neighbour before I went. Bless her she wanted to take me to save me walking, she is everso kind, I said the walk would do me good, as I know how busy she is. The lady in the shop was interested as to why I needed so many buttons.
She didn't turn a hair when I told her what I was making and why. I was quite surprised as I expected her to laugh. She told me to put the expensive ones back and went out the back and came out with about two hundred beige buttons and said here the hens wont mind what colour they are.
How kind is that and when I got home there was more buttons in a little packet pushed through the letter box from my Neighbour, she must have sorted out her button box for me.
Holy cow NN you are just an amazing woman, all those knitted jumpers for the dear little hennies, just wonderful, it warms the heart!!!!
I have a huge button collection in a large round tin, I would post it, but it weighs a ton!!!! CommentAuthor nanny north CommentTime Sep 8th, 6: Why thank you Trev's Mum,I do enjoy knitting and it is good for me to keep my joints going rather than letting them seize up!! I also like to put something back into life if you know what I mean. I will be makeing some cards for the Macmillan nurse charity next week as they have a nation wide coffee morning coming up soon.
Molly will have a card table there she did real well last year and made over a hundred pounds for them. We used to love going through it and saying things like oh these were off that old purple cardigan, and these were from that horrid floral dress I had to wear to Susies wedding!!!! I don't know what happened to it but someone had a real treasure trove for sure.
I used to play for hours with our button tin when I was little; glass no I lie, real diamond! NN, that is so nice of your neighbour and the lady at the shop! I feel I should be knitting now instead of typing!!
I'm quite a slow knitter - I think it comes from being self-taught. My mom is right handed and I'm left handed, so I struggled to learn from her because it was all backwards and I had to find my own way of doing things. Mum-in-law had a terrific button box, only to be expected with six children. It was amazing how much pleasure we got from it. I have never been able to replicate it, maybe 'cos my old garments go to charity shops and the buttons go with them!
Things don't tend to have buttons now - its all zips and stretchy material! Ah the stories some of those buttone could tell. I also use them on some of my cards I sell. I sometimes put buttons and tulle together, sounds weird but looks ok.
CommentAuthor nanny north CommentTime Sep 10th, 9: We had a lot of buttons because we used to make rag rugs and Mum used to make quilts as well so all the buttons had to be cut off.
We also used to unpick jumpers so the wool could be reused. One would hold the knitted part slightly stretched while the other wound the wool into a ball. I can remember winding wool like that with my nan. It was very therapeutic! Nanny North - thoose jumpers are amazing - if you could email me a couple of pictures I'd appreciate it - I wanted my mum to see them. CommentAuthor nanny north CommentTime Oct 11th, 4: Pictures on there way Tracy. I have made fifty and will be posting them off tomorrow all being well.
Well done NN, I'm afraid I have only completed one, have one that's a third done, and some fleece ones awaiting velcro. I must get my backside into gear. Those are wonderful, NN.. There are going to be several hens that are going to be warm and stylish this Winter. Wow - they look really good NN, you've put us all to shame. I did think that I'd have a go at knitting again. Have saved the knitting pattern too. Perhaps when I have time to put my posterior on a seat and some time to spare.
CommentAuthor moxie CommentTime Nov 19th, Just read this whole forum and am really impressed by you all. I have just found this site while looking for some sort of chicken clothing. I have four bantams which i had been keeping seperatly- two in one house and two in another, letting them all out in the garden to socialise together.
Thought they were friends so put them all in the larger house only to find and that one has been pecked badly by the others. Unfortunatly she has lost quite alot of her feathers and is now looking a little worse for wear and its getting rather cold now. Anyway now have the pattern and have set my Mum to work. I hope your mum is a quick knitter - with the forecast change in the weather next week your girl will be very glad of the jumper I'm sure!!
Good luck with your banties, what breed are they? Helloo, Moxie; hope your banties are snug! NN, I thought that was really lovely, and you have a very laid back hen to agree to modelling - a supermodel in the making! Agree too that the pic of the 'real' ex-bat wearing one is very sobering though and definitely shows how much use they are.
CommentAuthor moxie CommentTime Nov 28th, Hello all I have two Rhode Island Reds Ruby and Scarlet and two peking bantams Aggie and Freda My mum has come up trumps, the jumper is brill, beacause they are smaller than full size chickens it took a bit of working out the corect size, but Ruby is walking round with a nice new multi coloured jumper, and being a twin with my 16 month old nephew who happens to have the same jumper!! I must say the timing was great!
CommentAuthor nanny north CommentTime Nov 28th, 2: Hello there Moxie, Nanny North here with a big welcome to hencam. I am so pleased you found us via the hen jumpers, and that the pattern was of use to you. Maybe your Mum would be so kind to add her "modified for Bantums" pattern on here as it could be of help to others. How cute she has a twin jumper of your Nephew see if you can get a picture of them together, it would be brill for the family album.
Now you have found us please call in again and join in with all the discussions and banter. It would be nice if you have a couple of pictures you could share of your girls, we adore pictures and new company. It is bitterly cold here in the East Midlands at the moment. My three new hens hadn't seen snow before and were very comical as they tried to fly over it. I had to pick them up and carry them to the gazebo in the end.
And the shipment was faster than expected! Only 1 left in stock - order soon. The hood gets kinda warped after washing" - by Brie. The hood gets kinda warped after washing. Great quality and fast shipping. Very nice sweater, especially for the price!
Lovely cotton knit and the color is a clear red, just as stated and shown. I would order from this company again, despite the import nature making returns difficult. Very nice quality for the money! It is made for someone with really narrow shoulders and it is definitely see-through. I love the color and the sleeves are long enough. I'm 5'8" and a US size 8. I don't remember if I got the xl or the xxl. I would not be able to hug someone while wearing it due to the narrow shoulders.
It is so soft and feminine! I am a little on the chesty side, and it can sit a little low cut at times I have worn the shirt times since I bought it and it is holding up nicely. The picture looks like it is a typical cotton shirt and it's a totally different fabric and not the color I selected or the size.
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