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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WOW! for the wildly colourful Woolly Walkalong

Go and see the amazing knitting and crocheting yarn bomb at the Devonport Wharf, Auckland, New Zealand.

Of course for me, and most of the rest of the world, we will have to be do our looking through pictures posted here:
The Woolly Walk Along is now installed at
the Devonport Wharf, Auckland, New Zealand.

I can just see the edge of my knitted piece in a couple of pictures. Its fun to have ‘visiual’ proof that my contribution made it all the way from Calgary! This is what I sent. See if you can find it on the handrail in Auckland.

Sent to the Woolly Walk A Long

Here it is in Auckland: Look closely on the right hand edge of the picture

Funny Yarn Bombing News Report

I saw this report on yarn bombing on facebook, and just had to share it.  The guy should maybe consider an acting career!

http://www.wfaa.com/good-morning-texas/Yarn-Bombs-When-Good-Knitters-Go-Bad-122150369.html

 

I have started working on my next project…. a bit is knit so far,  but there is more planning to do.    So,  for now,  just know that something is in the works!

 

 

4400 miles to go

Calgary to London is about 4400 miles. That is such a long way to send this bit of knitting, but, I sent it. Now lets hope it gets there in time. Go UPS Go. Go UPS Go.

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I didn’t realize it would be so hard to photograph approximately 9 meters of knitting goodness. LOL … however, the pictures do give you a bit of an idea of its lonnnnnng snakey shape, and a bit of the wild colours I used. Most of it is knit with 2 strands of acrylic yarn held together on JUMBO 12.75mm (US size 17) knitting needles.

As you can surely guess this is my almost too late contribution to the Knitted Maze, in the UK. If you have a chance to see it, please do, and take your camera. Among other exciting things, there will be about a mile of knitting, formed into a maze.

Regina yarn bombs

The Calgary Artbomber has tagged Regina!

Yarn Bombed Regina photo by Calgary Artbomber

It is so cool that these knitted bombs have been re-released! Those green beauties I knit so long ago were first put up in Calgary, at Olympic Plaza, but, because it was not to be a permanent placement, the Calgary Artbomber carefully took them down, and kept them in the top secret yarn bomb stash, to be sprung on the unsuspecting public in opportune moments, when and where they should they arise.

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You can see all the yarny goodness at Calgary Artbombers website

U of C yarn bombed!

More yarn graffiti in Calgary, thanks to The Happy Hookers! Pictures on the Calgary Artbombing website.

I love it!

I am sure the students at the University of Calgary are loving them too.

Knit Graffiti at the U of C

photo by Calgary Artbomber, July 2011 at U of C

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?

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.

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’.

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