Archive for the 'public knitting' Category

Renegade Craft Fair

June 14, 2008

Too hot.

Must hydraaaaaaaaaaaaate.

PS Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls has a booth this year, and we have donations from tons of awesome organizations.  We’re raffling off several items every hour, and tickets are only $1!  We have an extremely limited edition poster from Ork!, handbags from 31 Corn Lane, concert posters from Strawberry Luna, a nifty ipod holder from Mr. Poncho, and beautiful jewelry from Twigs & Heather, Erica Weiner, and The Intuitive Garden.  Please stop by if you’re at the fair!  We’re giving away WMRC calendars while they last.

PPS I knit about an inch on some plain old socks out of Regia sock yarn while I was sitting at our booth.  Had to take some small part in WWKIP day!  No pictures, though, sorry.


wip: lace ribbon scarf

May 4, 2008

As I previously predicted, this scarf has become my constant travel project. I’ve knit it through all my recent travelling, and on my new commute. For example, here I am knitting it in Tulsa, OK:

Photo 76

(The sun really blasts out the corner there, sorry.)

The fun thing about knitting this scarf (Lace Ribbon by Veronik Avery if you don’t recognize it) as a traveling/KIP project is that people are really drawn to the color saturation of this yarn (Koigu KPM). GFF bought me this yarn for my birthday at the end of March, and the color choice is totally her doing, btw. I brought this scarf with me to work on during our coop work shift last weekend, and everyone who passed through the check out line commented on it. The shift consensus was that this colorway should be named either “Saffron” or “Chrysanthemum.”

pile o' scarf

The color of the yarn is actually pretty accurate there. It’s luminous, for real. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough of it to make the scarf as long as I want it. With two skeins, it’s not long enough to wrap around my neck. I think a third skein would make it wearable, but I’m going to have to put off buying the final skein for a while until I’ve got some more cash flow. And I came to the end of the yarn I have for it yesterday! So I have to find a new travel project for a while.

spread out

Look at that lace pattern, will ya? I can’t get over it, myself. I also can’t tell you how truly enjoyable I’ve found it to be! I memorized the pattern pretty quickly, despite it having a 24 row repeat. It’s simple enough to keep track of as a traveling project, but interesting enough that I can knit it for an hour or so without getting bored, even if I’m not listening to my ipod or whatever. I’m anxious to wear this scarf, but I’m going to be sad when I’m through knitting it.

Speaking of sadness when finishing a project…I did manage to finish my Rusted Root this weekend! It came together very quickly at the end (no seaming, natch), and I’ve already worn it out of the house, although it’s really in need of a good blocking. Not sure when I’m going to get it blocked, but once I do I’ll have GFF take some pics of me wearing it and report back to y’all. It’s not perfect, but it IS my first finished garment and I’m danged proud of it!

yarnbombing: call for submissions

April 18, 2008

I just found this link via’s blog.  Submission deadline is May 30, so if you have something you’d like to submit…hop to!

I am so nuts over knitting “grafitti” (otherwise known as outdoor, public decorations).  I would really like to come up with a submission for this book!  I’ve had some different ideas for public knitting/crocheting installations, and maybe this call for submissions will be an encouraging push to think something up.

Yarnbombing seems to be a fairly new blog, and promises to profile yarn graffiti groups around the world.  I’m definitely looking forward to watching this blog!  It’s a co-blog by friends Mandy Moore (tech editor of, not the American former-singer, current-actress) and Leanne Prain (apparently she started a knitting group at a pub, which is what GFF always suggests I should look for).  Their book will come out in fall 2009 from Arsenal Press.

kip: pomatomus socks

March 6, 2008

One down...

Pomatomus Sock by Cookie A from Knitty Winter 05

Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight in semi-solid colorway Jade

Lantern Moon ebony 7″ dpns, US size 1

I’ve been knitting these socks for a few weeks now. I started the first one and finished it within a week (pretty fast for me), mostly knitting while watching the first season of Felicity on DVD. I started on another sock that I’m knitting as a gift for someone, and waited until that first one was done before casting on for the second sock. Now I’m through 1.5 pattern repeats of the leg of the second sock. It’s not going as quickly as the first one, probably because we haven’t been watching any TV or movies.

To move along with this sock a little more quickly, I’ve turned it into a travel project. Yesterday I did a LOT of public knitting on this sock, with some interesting results.

Any of you that knit on public transportation in New York probably have funny stories about looking up from your project to notice people all around you trying to seem as if they are not watching you while being very involved in watching you. People look out of the corners of their eyes, or even stare at you blatantly until you look up, when they quickly start looking at the ad above you.

Yesterday I was knitting in a fairly empty train car while the train was above ground. A woman sitting a few seats away from me was talking loudly to a friend on her cell phone about plans for the afternoon. I was concentrating on picking up a dropped stitch when I heard her say “That’s so nice.” I assumed that she was talking on the phone at first, but then I noticed that she wasn’t saying anything else. I began to think she might be talking to me, but felt sort of arrogant in that assumption. Finally I looked up and she was looking at me encouragingly. I was about to thank her in surprise when someone else asked for the time, and the train pulled into her station. I was so flustered that she had actually commented on my knitting! (This NEVER happens to me.)

I wonder if she is a knitter or just a knitting admirer?

I also went to see Hell on Wheels last night, with a Q&A session afterwards with the film makers and some derby girls from around the country. After the movie we went with our friend R to have cake and coffee and I knit my sock while we chatted. I rarely feel brave enough to do this when we go out with friends, but it felt totally normal last night. Neither of them even mentioned my knitting while I worked my way through half of a pattern repeat, and conversation carried on as normal. Maybe my feeling that knitting during a meeting would distract from conversation is unfounded.


February 29, 2008

Today I’m digging out pictures from a trip my girlfriend and I took a year ago to visit one of our best friends. We were seriously hating New York City and fled to the great state of Texas for a little vacay. I knitted my first pair of socks (rav link) on that trip and visited a really big yarn store and knit all over the city.

Here’s a picture of me and my clapotis in my favorite museum:

We not only visited the great state of Texas, we visited Houston, the home of Knitta, Please — which is basically the group that got me interested in public knitting.

That’s me knitting my socks in front of a tree wrapped in some sparkly sparkly knitting. All the trees in this cafe’s courtyard were wrapped in knitting and sparkly lights and most of the people sitting out there were just sitting among them as if it were the most normal thing in the world. I posed for pictures in front of almost all the knit tags we saw:

knitta please + me

This one area of Houston is thoroughly tagged with these crazy scraps of knitting, and it was really cool to walk around running errands and shopping and eating out and finding them on all the door handles, wrapped around trees and light poles, etc. Probably you’ve heard about Knitta before, but I just had to write about seeing them almost exactly a year before. I would love to go to one of the other cities they’ve tagged and hunt down their marks there.