I was thinking about something I read, as well as people I know about yarn trimmings. It occurred to me as I walked by my bedroom and I seen a trimming of yarn from my latest project on the floor.
As you may know, some people say to save their trimmings and leave them out in suet cages for the birds to collect to build their nests in the spring.
Some advice says to keep the trimmings shorter than 2″ and the birds will collect the yarn to build their nests. While some people advocate that it’s a great way to decorate a bird nest… what is the reality here?
I have to admit I’m on the fence about the composting of yarn. The say it’s great for decorations is kind of absurd as most nests are usually not easily visible. Who are you decorating it for?
You really have to be careful with fibres. While it seems like a good idea… we have to ensure the fibres aren’t going to cause a problem with the babies getting tangled up in it. Wouldn’t you feel bad if you knew that your yarn was responsible for strangling an innocent little bird? Your effort in trying to help could be the demise of a creature.
Stories of dead birds hanging from nests as a result of yarn, string or other things in this family of items isn’t uncommon. In fact, just reading about it breaks my heart.
I go through yarn like crazy… but I would prefer our birds find the natural materials that are available to them to provide the best environment. While it may seem like I could be helping a creature… Most of the birds, and yes we have a lot of them, nest out of view from where we can see. It would break my heart to see a dead bird or even a bird hanging once winter rolled around and it was my yarn around it.
As humans, we tend to humanize other creatures to believe we think alike. Though I cannot fathom why the beautiful cardinals stick out our harsh winters… they do… they survive it remarkably… If the winter is too harsh or conditions are not ideal, it’s a way of mother nature keeping population from exploding. Sounds cruel but it’s a reality.
So I think for me… I’ll keep my yarn to myself. Let the birds be birds. Besides… I’m lazy and I probably wouldn’t pick up the scrap yarns I leave causing it to be more messy in the long term… Just keeping it real!
What are your thoughts on this topic? Good idea, bad idea… what do you think? Leave me your comments below… Join the conversation.