The Sheepdogs

This isn’t the kind of sheepdogs you would expect to read about on a knitting blog. Even an ‘alternative, yarn bombing, knit graffiti’ knitting blog. These are The Sheepdogs, a Canadian band from my hometown of Saskatoon, and they need your votes. (Plus, besides having a cool band name, they have a great sound)

The Sheepdogs

Vote for The Sheepdogs, if they win, they will be on the Cover of the The RollingStone.

I’ve been knitting on another pair of seemingly endless stripey wool socks. Music seems to help speed things along, or, maybe just distract me from getting out the measuring tape AGAIN.

Knit On, Rock On

Art Grows on Trees

Another fun project to get involved with! How can I resist? The title alone is enough to get me started. A blogger I have been following, ‘Knitayear‘ has kindly passed on this link: Art Grows on Trees


Do you want to grow some art with us?
Any local creative soul is very welcome to help us grow the art on the trees.

We will be hanging the art on
Saturday 3 September 2011, 10am
and
Saturday 10 September 2011, 10am
On both days, we will finish the hanging action with a morning coffee in a nearby cafe.

To help the healthy growth of the project, there will be a fun Tree Art Creation Day on Saturday 13 August 2011, at Flat 3, 1 Pretoria Avenue, London E17 7DS, starting at 11am – bring along any materials that might come in handy!

Looking forward to seeing you!
Dean, Wendy, Alban, Julie, Valeria, Katja etc

Contact katjarosenberg@hotmail.com

Now, what will I make?

Strange but true

1. Burra Storm, 2. Pag’s Chocolate Cake, 3. E.K.T.A.C.H.R.O.M.E, 4. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata, 5. JOHNNY DEPP, 6. Espresso coffee beans Addiction #2, 7. Ireland Saint Patrick’s Day, 8. peach pie 022 120 dpi, 9. Garden Glimpse, Mendocino Cafe, 10. serendipity, 11. Friday Fun Socks (day 81), 12. to use knitting lingo, I’m stash busting…

Usually when I see one of those ‘share something about yourself’ blog posts,  I  think  cute, but not for me.

For some strange reason today is different.   I  saw this very cool idea on Lily X. Su’s blog,   and had to  try it for myself.

Here’s how it works:

a. Type your answers to the questions below into the Flickr search.

b. Using only the first page, choose an image.

c. Copy and paste each of the pictures URL’s into FD’s Mosaic Maker.

Questions:

1. What is your first name?    {Storm}

2. What is your favorite food?  {Chocolate Cake}

3. What High School did you go to? {E C H}

4. What is your favorite color?  {Blue}

5. Who is your celebrity crush?  {Johnny Depp}

6. What is your favorite drink?  {Espresso}

7. Where is your dream vacation?  {Ireland}

8. What is your favorite dessert?  {Peach Pie}

9. What do you want to be when you grow up?  {Gardener}

10. What do you love most in life?  {Serendipity}

11. One word that describes you.  {Fun}

12. What is your Flickr name? {since I haven’t posted anything to Flickr,  I am changing this question to:  What is your  favourite  hobby? <Knitting>}

Knitting for the Maze

So far,   with just a bit of  knitting now and then,  I have about  17 and a half  feet of colourful knitting for the  maze.  I am using  left overs and ‘why do I even have this?’ yarn on giant needles,   just knitting a  couple rows when I have a free moment.

Wouldn’t it be fun to  just pick knitting off a tree like ripe fruit?

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and,    the ‘stripey socks’   that I thought would never be done:

Just a little knitting update

The  World Knit in Public Day was a blast;  even though it was a full wet day of rain.  We  stayed warm and  dry inside the Epcor Centre, in our own knitting room.    There were  over  30 knitters, coming and going,  some  picking up the sticks for their very first time.  One of the new knitters is also a reporter ,Indrani Kar and you can read her report of the event here.   Indrani even has a picture  of the  red cabled  knit bomb we  put up at  Olympic Plaza  during the LiveStyles event.

Funny thing about  the Knit in Public Day;  I thought I would be able to finish knitting a stripey sock I had started earlier.. but nope..  too much talking and  not enough knitting.. LOL.     Some of all that talking was actually planning  future  knit bombs!  Of course I can’t tell you yet,  but one of them is fairly short range, so you will see it yourselves soon enough.   The other  is a bigger (much bigger) project…..

The  Knit-A-Thon was even more fun.  I can say that because ‘lucky me’ won  2 fabulous door prizes,   however, despite my best knitting efforts,  the stripey sock still did not get finished. Our participant bags contained knitting needles from River John Needle Company, and I won yarn from Island Sweet Fibre Arts,  and Rocky Mountain Dye Works.  My daughter and I  knit our hearts out,  through several repeats of   ABBA’s greatest hits. ;)  Hopefully,  L’Arche  raised a ton of money, as  there seemed to be a good turn out for the event.

Last night, we drove past the school fence where I had put the  Check Mark knit bomb on Friday.  Its GONE.    That check mark has moved on to the next stage in its weird woolly life.  All we can do now is  make guesses as to what  happened to it.   And,    I worked on the stripey sock.  (actually,  I think I will finish it today!)

Besides working on  socks – 4 pairs finished since March, and  2  pairs in process,   I  am knitting some long long lonnnnnggggg  pieces to send to the Knitted Maze in the UK.  (see here)    If it stays sunny for more than a few  minutes,  I’ll take some pictures to post.  Wish me luck.

Check Mark for International Yarn Bombing Day

Here is the first of my yarn bombings today/tonight.  Sort of a  pre-international yarn bombing day, graffiti tag, Calgary, Canada.

This  check mark is on a chain link fence around Brentwood Elementary School.    I thought the  school kids could use another check mark for their end of year exams.

Check Mark yarn bomb on school fence

A woolly check mark for the school yard.

I tied it onto the fence as  quickly as  I could.   Northmount Drive was busy, and lots of cars  drove by.  One slowed down so the passenger could  shout out a cheer.  ( I think it was a cheer,  I hope it was a cheer…  if not,, oh well)     With luck this bit will last a  while and the kids will find it amusing.

I have  a couple more pieces to install tomorrow.

Yarn Bombing Documentary

Just  spreading the word about an ongoing project,  and  reposting an entry from a very cool blog. You can find all the details on Sarah’s site, even contribute to the cause.   Who knows,  maybe I will have some video to upload to the project as well!:

Yarn Graffiti Documentary

http://yarngraffitidocumentary.blogspot.com/

Give us your International Yarn Bombing Day footage!

Hi! Sarah here, director of the feature length Yarn Graffiti Documentary.

 As many of you know, This Saturday, June 11, is International Yarn Bombing Day (Woo Hoo!). All around the world, hundreds of crews will simultaneously carry out knitted and crocheted projects. I’m so excited, as a knitter and as a filmmaker.
My crew will be in San Antonio, TX filming a group as they knit a giant Texas flag over the River Walk. While we’re really excited about this my producer, John Moore, and I have been trying to figure out how we can best utilize our resources to capture this awesome event.WE WANT YOUR IYBD FOOTAGE!
My crew and I can only be in one place at a time, but we want to gather as much footage as possible for an elaborate montage of bombers around the world. If you plan on taking part of any project and plan to have video, pictures, or any other documentation, please send it to us. Use your IPhone, old Handicam, Flipcam, 16mm, MiniDV, or whatever. We know that most of you are not professional filmmakers or camera-people but that’s okay. We just want to make sure we get this world wide event captured! This is an imperative part of the film because it will show the international community of yarn bombers.

Knit in Public Day June 11, 2011 video

This is a cute video reminder about Knit in Public Day, (next weekend!)

I’ll be  at  Olympic Plaza in Calgary, with my  sticks and string.  ;    and now,   will be watching out for   knitted dinosaurs and donuts.    Hopefully,  I can finish a few  projects (socks and socks and a vest) in the  sunshine.    If its raining,  we will be inside the Epcor Centre, so it’s all good.

Knit Bomb W-I-P, check

as promised:

knit graffiti in the making

'keep knitting, its not big enough yet"

The Woolly Walk-Along

I’m so glad to hear my knitting has made it to New Zealand for the Woolly Walk-Along. Knitty has been posting pics of works in progress, and tags that she has received already. FANTASTIC WORK!
(There is still time to get in on the fun – so join up!)

Tonight, I am working on a colourful (of course) bit for International Yarn Bombing Day, June 11, 2011. I’ll take a picture tomorrow out in the sun and post it here. I think I know the perfect spot to release it on Saturday… but for now, I am keeping it a secret.

This weekend will be knitting overdose :) …. I am excited to use up and then REPLACE alot of my stash. Besides yarn bombs, I will be working on a couple pairs of socks and a vest that are all “half finished”.

Keep knitting!

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