Knitted Candy

While surfing, I found How to Make Knitted or Crocheted Candy Talk about yarn bombing eye candy! I might have to try to make some sock yarn candy. If I do, I’ll send some to the festival.

The New Mills Woolly Wanderer site is :

For the New Mills Festival 2011, artists, local community groups and worldwide crafting communities will collaboratively create a ‘woolly wander yarn trail’ on the streets of New Mills.
The project will be fabricated through a series of programmed workshops during the lead up to the festival, which opens on the 9th September 2011.

An international call out to all crafters will be made via a project blog, through social networking sites and online crafting communities.

The work will be installed during the two weeks leading up to the festival and will include the following outdoor installations:

· Knitted and crocheted sweets inspired by local company Swizzles Matlow (http://www.swizzels-matlow.com/) , which will be installed as ‘yarn bombs or knitted graffiti’ in and around the town as hangings in a variety of locations.
· A car that will be covered in knitting and crochet squares, which will be parked up in a central location in the town during the festival.

Knit a Maze?

How hard would it be to knit a mile? Thats the question asked at . It seems they have quite a loooooong yarn bomb in process, and I want to knit a piece and send it in. Here is a post from their blog, blatantly copied for you to see. :)
Knitted Maze

What are we trying to do?

Yarn bomb the turf maze in Saffron Walden – a mile long labyrinth style turf maze.

Why are we trying?

From August 20th – 28th 2011 the town of Saffron Walden in Essex is holding a maze festival. We have two mazes in the town – a turf maze and a hedge maze so someone had the idea to celebrate the maziness of our town.

The organizers thought it would be great to have a knitted component to the festival but the word on the street was that they couldn’t find anyone to coordinate it. In steps me.

I run an online yarn business and am interested in how knitting helps build communities so it was a natural opportunity for me to jump in feet first without any thought of how impossible it would be to achieve or how much it would take over my life, my home, my forearm ligaments.

In the beginning I wanted to achieve something along these lines but it soon became clear that getting people to engage with such an abstract concept was a difficult sell. And if there was one thing I knew it was that I needed help, and a lot of it.

In mulling over the options I decided that the best approach was to use what we have already – the mazes, and so we decided to try and yarn bomb the main maze in town.

To do this we require a mile of knitting which is approx 9 – 12 inches wide and a mile long with 5 large circular pieces as well.

How hard can it be to knit a mile – once I had done my sums I realised I would have to knit 203 feet a week in order to get there. Well on a good week I manage 20 feet. So the grand adventure has begun to get enough people involved to get a mile of knitting done by 20th August 2011.

I have some chunky acrylic yarn to use up, that could be simply ‘amazing’.

Off to New Zealand

This is my woolly tag for the “Woolly Walk Along” in Devonport, New Zealand. I started knitting with the shaggy rainbow bit, but, it really wasn’t big enough… no problem, just pull up some stitches on the end, and keep going. How could I resist the Neon pink yarn at the bottom of my stash?

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This is going in the mail tomorrow, as soon as I make a little name tag for it. Hopefully it won’t take to long to travel the 12,000 kilometres to Auckland.

Approximate distance as the crow flies in miles from Auckland New Zealand to Calgary Canada is 7460 miles or 12003.14 Kilometers…. from the very handy Travel Distance Calculator Site

Now, for a quick trip to the mall, maybe I can find a little Canadian treat to slip into the envelope. :)

Who says knitting isn’t cool?

Check this out, I think it’s an Irish cell phone ad, based on knit graffiti. “Operation Cheer Up”

Today, I’ve been working on a piece to send to Auckland, New Zealand for the Woolly Walk Along. You can get more information at KnittyGraffity. The best news is there is still time for you to join in and send your knitting or crochet to be part of the display. I’ll post pics before I send mine off.

LiveStyle KNIT Style

Calgary Olympic Plaza, yarn bombed.

By the time I left there were more than half a dozen knitters/crocheters involved… and I left before the end of the event… who knows, there could have been a MOB of Knit Bombers by 4 pm … I will have to find out the specific details…

Preview Pics

This is a sneak preview of the yarn bombs I will be releasing tomorrow. They won’t be the only ones though, a group of knitters and crocheters will be at Olympic Plaza tomorrow morning, with yarn, hooks and needles in action. It is going to be fun to see what everyone else brings, and how the pieces all fit together.
These pics are taken on front step of my house,.. I am sure they will look much better tomorrow.

Now to pack everything up and get ready to (YARN)BOMB.

Finally, a sunny day for yarn bombing

I had these two little yarn bombs in my bag of goodies for weeks. Finally, today was the day they were released. The purple and yellow one looks ‘Easterly’ to me, and the green one, knit by my daughter, is so ‘Springy’. I sewed them on to the fence at the church and the bus bench today at noon. We are getting braver, releasing our soft graffiti in broad daylight! Have a look and see for yourself.

knit graffiti

Easter Knit Graffiti


sewing on some knit graffiti

Sewing on the knit bomb


Green Knit Graffiti

Green Soft knit graffiti


Soft and colourful on the rusty railing

Easter Egg Yarn Bomb

We also had a look around and saw all the knit bombs we placed in February are still in place. They are starting to get saggy, but, I guess that is understandable, they have been snowed on over and over in the last couple of months. I wonder how long they will last?

The flowers on the vine are still wrapped around the iron railing in front of the church. I hope it makes someone smile when they see it.

Now, back to the needles. Green yarn everywhere. Stay tuned for something GREEN. Really, really green.

Yarn Bomb in Calgary

I just had to share this site! (and I am quickly heading out the door to go see them in person)

Congrats to the Calgary ArtBomber, the yarnbomb caps look great.

We have been waiting for the snow to stop so the caps could be put out… but, really, they are warm little hats, I think they would have been fine with the snow.. LOL… of course, this is Calgary, so it might still snow again. uggg.

Calgary Traffic Barrier Yarn Bomb

I made a few of those caps, and it is so cool to see the variety of the submissions. So much creativity! I wonder what kind of reactions they are getting on the street.

… here’s a pic to get you excited:

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