All it took was a minor accident to direct Katie Deline-Ray to the inspiration that started her global crocheting and knitting project, Wildlife Rescue Nests.
In the winter of 2013, Deline-Ray fell on ice and broke her right hand, leaving her homebound and glued to the internet. Deline-Ray, who lives in Ontario, Canada, told The Dodo she stumbled upon a live cam posted online of a hummingbird nest. A woman who lived in the U.S. spoke about making nests for her local wildlife rescue in the chat box on the website.
"I thought it was a brilliant idea and wondered if there was anything of that sort of setup for wildlife rescues here in Canada," she said. "Surprisingly there wasn't and that is how it all began. I couldn't find a pattern online for a crocheted nest that had a flat enough bottom, so I designed my own and started making nests."