For Every Bird An Empty Nest: A Knitted Nest To Make

Do you keep a close watch on the bird nests that spring up around your home? I do, and when I take a bird nest watch stroll around my house, I am immediately reminded of the Emily Dickinson’s poem, For Every Bird a Nest. For me, the poem is like a song that gets stuck in my head and triggered over and over again by the simple reminder of the nests. Here’s the poem:

For Every Bird a Nest

For every bird a nest
Wherefore in timid quest
Some little Wren goes seeking round

Wherefore when boughs are free
Households in every tree
Pilgrim be found?

Perhaps a home too high
Ah Aristocracy!
The little Wren desires

Perhaps of twig so fine
Of twine e’en superfine,
Her pride aspires

The Lark is not ashamed
To build upon the ground
Her modest house

Yet who of all the throng
Dancing around the sun
Does so rejoice?

Next: The Knitted Nest

The Empty Nest

It seems a bit of a cliché to go on and on about nests, given that the name of my blog is econesting. But I’ve been looking for a way to garner a valid case for writing about nests ever since my kids have flown theirs – my house. I think I found one this week.

On my daily stroll through the blogosphere looking for eco-friendly crafts, décor, products, news and ideas to share, I stumbled upon an image of a lovely and a little scrappy-looking nest made of yarn (above). Those who follow my musings know I love knitting. This nest didn’t just speak to me because of the knitted opportunities (I’ll get to that in a bit), but it whispers a safe haven, imperfection, beauty and growth. Like many changes, for me, the emptying of my nest has been an adjustment. This knitted nest is hopeful and positive. While the nest may have emptied out, it holds so many new possibilities. Who would have thought you could knit a nest?

The Knitted Nest

So, that’s what I’m doing – knitting nests. I contacted the creator of After I finish this row… and she has been kind enough to share her knitted nest photo and tutorial with step-by-step directions here. I will make each of my two children a knitted nest from leftover yarn scraps to remind them of the loving nest they came from, and the wonderful new nests they are creating for themselves. I know, it’s kind of a little sappy…but they are my children.

Gardeners and crafters: This mini-moss garden from After I finish this row…looks like a fun project, and while you’re at it check out my econesting blog too.

Photo Credits: After I finish this row…

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Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson3 years ago


Rebecca S.
Rebecca S.4 years ago

loved the poem

Fran away now F.
Fran F.4 years ago

That's a fine poem! I have never left yarn out for birds not being a knitter or weaver, but when I was doing yard work I would pull weeds and leave them on the ground to mulch. One hot, dry spring day a robin picked up some of the weeds to build a nest. I have never seen a look of more gratitude in my life than from that robin!

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky4 years ago

Reading this made me so happy, thanks. I will be placing soft pieces of yarn around the trees at my home.

Aina Taurina
Aina Taurina4 years ago

A very nice poem and fabulous piece of arts&crafts - knitted nest. Love it! Thank you for sharing!

Diane V.
Diane V.4 years ago

Such a sweet poem. I place left over tid bits of my yarn in suet cases and place out for the birds to soften their nests.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Melissah Chadwick
Melissah C.5 years ago


Mrs M.
mrs m.5 years ago

It is suggested we make available string, tissue, and thin strands of material to help birds build nests. I've actually seen them take and use a tissue.

Lynn D.
Lynn D.5 years ago

I used to knit and crochet bird nests, can't remembe where I sent them to, and the orphaned birds in this sanctuary loved them, love the poem and thanks for reminding us of our bird babies.....will have to dredge up where I sent them! Thank you!