To keep busy and warm I wrote my wonky not at all professional pattern for the wasp nests.
Yarn 4 ply...Grey, Green, Beige color about any color will do Crochet Hook I as in Idiot
Make a magic loop...you can find out how to do that on the Internet better than I can show you. You could also do some chains and connect it and stitch it up...magic loop is faster!
Single Crochet (SC) 8 stitches into the magic loop
Pull the circle closed...pull it tight so no hole is seen...slip stitch last stitch to first stitch and chain one
* SC twice in the first stitch continue with a SC in each of the remaining stitches. Slip stitch last to first stitch at the end of the round and chain one
Continue to repeat * adding two stitches at the beginning of each round until you have a funnel shape. The side where you have added all the stitches may look a bit strange but it is all good.
When your funnel is a good shape do not bind off. Instead anchor a stitch along the last row and chain 30 to begin a hanger, SC back across to the beginning and anchor well. Pull your yarn through the last stitch and leave a long tail.
Fill the nest with plastic bags. Use a yarn needle to stitch along the top of the nest.
Draw up the tail tight and stitch in place several times, tuck in the other end of the hanger and stitch it in place several times.
The wasp nest on the right was done using this pattern...the others were created watching TV and adding stitches when ever I felt like it.
I will dip these nests in Mod Podge one day in the Spring when it is nice outside and hang them up to drip and dry. That way they will shed water should they get wet.
I have been tempted to make some smaller nests...and see if they work as well.
Furnace News: Day Four
Finally found a furnace that will fit our space...we may have to remodel the laundry/furnace room a bit next summer....we will see. He may be here today to start the installation...he was looking for a hard to find kit...that converts a Natural Gas Furnace to Liquid Propane....at any rate things are moving in the right direction. Good thing too as our weather is not getting any warmer. We are okay. I like it cooler to sleep at night anyway...but during the day I like to be warm...our tile floors seem to get colder everyday.