Long ago, in a distant fiber festival, I bought a "Backyard Bird" kit from Sharon Costello's Black Sheep Designs. She gives really clear directions for needle felting and her kits are very high quality. I like my little goldfinch (distelfink is the German word for the bird). I particularly like how he looks like he's sporting an ill-fitting toupee. The other birds in the kit are a bluebird, a cardinal and a chickadee. I guess I'm ready for the bird calls of spring. Another sign of spring I'm looking forward to is flowers. My aunt gave me some bulbs to force. So pretty!