Calgary Knit Grafitti

The Calgary ArtBomber  strikes again. (in a woolly and wonderful way at the New Science Centre)

See it all  here.
I am happy to see some of the peices I knit last spring included in the display.

Creative Kids Museum - by Calgary ArtBomber

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

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

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.

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.

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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