Sunday, October 12

Public Enemy #1

Don't get me wrong. I love autumn.

The air is cool and crisp. I get to wear my handknit socks. The leaves change to lovely, inspiring colors. The thing about autumn I can't stand, is the arrival of what I'd like to call Public Enemy #1. The Harlot has a squirrel. I have a Flicker.

Flickers are cute like squirrels, and also very crafty. No, they don't steal my wool. They peck the house like jackhammers, on the wall right outside my bedroom, trying to make a hole so they can spend the winter cozy in my attic! The hammering begins in the morning as soon as it starts to get light. We've covered the attic vents with custom made steel covers, put up metal flashing, and replaced the wood siding with stucco. They still keep pecking! Does anyone have a recipe for Flicker Stew?

I have been knitting, but my progress isn't photo-worthy. For those of you who've asked, I finally figured out how to get my Crow's Feet socks pattern uploaded to Ravelry.

If you'd like a copy click here.


Tammy said...

LOVE that pattern!!

No recipe or tips for the Flicker.

KnitOneQuiltTooKristin said...

Ah, yes, the flickers! We have them too banging on the house, but I also have a suet feeder and love to see them there.

There's a house nearby that's vacant and for sale and several times we've found their roof insulation all over the lawn because the flickers are trying to get in. We've had to call the real estate agent to take care of the problem. But, still, ya gotta love em!

Gorgeous socks!

Jeanne said...

Very cute socks!

Angeluna said...

Linda, Thanks so much for the beautiful pattern. Downright exciting! I never saw a flicker before. Handsome bird. Sorry about the noise! We have the Harlot's squirrels cousins down here, shredding the garden.

Sue said...

Oh, I've been hoping you would share your Crow's Feet pattern with the world! Holding back my camp yarn just for the occasion- and have just finished my Cloning Anemones!
Wonderful! Off to download...

Rocky said...

I love autumn too, but I'd be pretty annoyed too if I had that thing waking me up! Is there anything they don't like? smells, plants??

Stilaholic Nartian knits said...

Thank you so much for sharing your pattern. I've been looking forward to it.

BTW, I wonder if those giant fake spiders you hang off the side of the house as a woodpecker deterrent will work for flickers too.