Pigeons Anyone? How about Bees?

The newest from StitchLondon; a book launch and a pigeon:

I will be looking for this book, and probably making a pigeon or two
myself. So cute, and probably not so messy! Proceeds from sales of the new book will go cancer research.

Actually, if I lived in London, I would join the StitchLondon knitting group. It sounds like a lot of wild and woolly fun.

Speaking of wild and woolly fun, it must be time for me to start working on a knit graffiti piece for Calgary. Its been a while since I put up anything locally. Hmmmm, what will it be?

What I have been doing is a lot of knitting, just not graffiti. Have you heard of the beekeeper’s quilt from TinyOwlKnits? Its wonderfully addictive. Watch at your own risk.

the beekeeper’s quilt from tinyowlknits on Vimeo.

Here are pictures of my growing pile of hexipuffs: (as you can now see, they like to get out and have fun!)

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Calgary Artbomber yarn bombs Halifax

The Calgary Artbomber strikes again, this time 3700 kms to the East, in Halifax. It looks like a very successful hit; I can see yarn bombs on a statue, a stop sign, a bench, a tree, posts, and even a rock. I can even see one of my pieces in Halifax Harbor. (yay)

There are twenty  cool yarn bomb pictures for you to enjoy,  but my favourite is this one:

Knit Graffiti in Halifax Harbor

Photo by Calgary Artbomber http://catmap.wordpress.com

This little green piece of knitting is chalking up an interesting graffiti experience. Originally, I knit it for the LiveStyle Urban Arts festival here in Calgary. It was, along with a few more woolly bits, sewed around a pole/cement base for awhile.

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Even though I can’t travel to Halifax, my graffiti did.
Even though I can’t travel to New Zealand, my graffiti did ( as part of the Woolly Walkalong)
and
Even though I can’t travel to the UK, my graffiti is going to! (not quite finished yet, but soon on its way to the Knitted Maze. (with the help of Canada Post)

Does this  qualify as adventure travel?

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.

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!

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’.

June 11 – International Yarn Bombing Day

If you have been on the fence about trying your hand/needles at yarn bombing, this is a perfect time to start.

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How to start? Its easy. Grab some knitting needles, or a crochet hook, and some yarn. Pick that old ball of acrylic that you just don’t want to use on anything, but can’t bear to just throw it out. Now, start knitting/crocheting. EASY.

You can start with a rectangle, say 3 inches wide and 12 inches long. Make it loosely, so it will stretch. You can use huge knitting needles and multiple balls of yarn if you want, so the knitting goes super fast.

Leave a long tail of yarn at the end, attach an upholstery needle, and you are set. Put your first yarn bomb in a bag, with a little pair of scissors/nail clippers, and head outside.

Wrap that beautiful piece of street art around a sign post, a bench, a bicycle rack, tree, anything you want. Stitch it in place with the yarn tail, clip the yarn, and you are done.

Take some pictures, and you have officially joined the fun, silly, exciting and extremely creative yarn bombing, knit graffiti world.

Go back later to see if you bomb is still there, and start planning your next one.

You can add a paper/cloth tag to it with your name, your website, a message if you like, or leave it anonymous… ITS ALL UP TO YOU.

Have fun, be daring, and think outside the box.

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.

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