Sunday, June 23, 2013

my summer knitting projects, part II

June is a busy month for the avid stitcher! I’m occasionally avid, so I was somewhat busy…

First came my TV appearance on June 4th, on a local news station’s morning show. You can view it here – watch me teach a TV personality how to yarn bomb!
It was a lot of fun to film and honestly, it made me wish I could do more things like this. I’m not sure that a mid-life career change to tv/radio personality is in the cards for me, but I’d do more if I could!
June 8th was International Yarn Bombing Day! I worked for several weeks trying to knit straight pieces on a small circular knitting machine to prepare for the event.  I say “trying to knit” on the circular machine – it looked more like I was fighting with it and if you had heard me cursing while trying to learn how to use it, you would agree…

I know it would be nice to say everything had been hand-knit, but this time around I opted for quantity over quality. And I’m glad I did, because even with all my fervent wrestling with that thing, we still didn’t end up with as much material as I would have liked.
We decorated at Guthrie Green, in the Brady Arts District in downtown Tulsa. We had gotten their permission to do it – I think they were pretty excited to have us do it. We put up some round tube-like pieces on some steel posts, and stitched some flat pieces to a bunch of white poles. The result was awesome! Sadly, someone stole the tube pieces, but the rest was intact, at least for a few days…

And, as you read in DXZ’s previous post, June 8-16 was World Wide Knit in Public Day. Yarn Bomb Tulsa hosted a Knit in Public Day event at Guthrie Green. We had quite a few people turn out – it was a lot of fun! The weather wasn’t too hot, especially if you found a tree to sit under, like I did. Sadly, I STILL got sunburned! It was a lot of fun and I’m sure we’ll try to make it an even bigger event next year.

Now I’m just doing some relaxing and working on a few other projects and planning for a few vacations… so stay tuned for more Summer Knitting  updates!


Saturday, June 8, 2013

World Wide Knit in Public Day: June 8-16, 2013

Sometimes a day feels like a week - and sometimes it IS a week.  World Wide Knit in Public Day begins today (June 8) and lasts until June 16, 2013.

A quick look at the Massachusetts listings on the  World Wide Knit In Public Day website place all the celebrations outside MetroWest in the exurbs, so I decided to do a little local sleuthing, poking around my LYS trying to find out how each will celebrate.  

The Island Yarn Company returns to Waltham’s roots, leaving their snug shop at 85 River Street in Waltham, MA, for historic Moody Street, home of the Industrial Revolution and some significant advances in textile production (read about mechanical genius Moody here: Wikipedia - Paul Moody, Inventor).  

Knitters after my own heart, The Islanders are heading to Margaritas Restaurant about 6 p.m. tonight (June 8) to sip beverages on the outdoor patio and knit in public.  There may be a repeat on June 15; drop on by Margaritas to see.  If the Islanders are absent, well, start your own event! 

Elissa’s Creative Warehouse (220 Reservoir Street, Needham Heights, MA) hasn’t posted an event, but welcomes fiber artists of all levels and stripes at their many classes.  There was even talk of letting knitters KIP in their sale tent, so keep an eye on their website.  Better yet, drop in and prepare to be overwhelmed by their stock (and the knitting skeleton badges -- super cute!)

Gather Here (370 Broadway, Cambridge, MA) is another favorite store that hasn’t posted a specific KIP event -- but do they have to?  This knit, stitch, and crochet shop is well stocked, provides workshop space and sewing machines, has super helpful and friendly staff, and hosts a full calendar of community drop-ins, paid classes, and special “artist-in-residence” events.  They cater to all crafts, ages, and levels, and have a mission to be one of the beating hearts of the community.  Well worth the trip to Cambridge -- I love this store.

Wild & Woolly Studio (7A Meriam Street, Lexington, MA) is having a celebration of sorts, but not the kind we really want to see -- our local Lexington yarn store is closing its doors after 34 years.  Through the end of June, they are holding a liquidation sale.  According to their press release, “The entire contents of the store will be for sale, from the thousands of yarns, needles, patterns, books and hand-knit garments to the furniture and store fixtures.”  It is like a death in the family when a fiber source goes dark.  But the stash-hound is already waking up -- what an opportunity for new knitters to find quality fibers, and old hands to further stuff their closets!

This isn’t an exhaustive list -- but I’m exhausted.  TIme to grab the knitting bag and an adult beverage.  

Happy Knit in Public Day,  everyone - and Celebrate for a week!