Entrelac shawl for Liz

I made this shawl as my first entrelac project and probably last. It has a basket-weave pattern to it. I used a variegated Noro yarn and I love it! It really made me happy to see my sister wearing it so well.

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Sweater- fail better attempt

This is the first sweater I’ve ever designed with this silk mohair art fibers Kyoto yarn circa 2005. This SF yarn store doesn’t even exist anymore. This is it’s second reincarnation which I copied off my friend Naomi’s adorable turtleneck. Unfortunately I wasn’t lucid when I sewed the sleeve on, so here goes attempt number????? Luckily NYC isn’t cold yet, so I’m hoping it will see the light of day in February.

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Kool- aid as yarn dye

I just had to try dyeing this yarn I got at the 2009 sheep and wool festival. Look aid seemed to be the easiest method and I quite like the slight cherry scent it has lent my yarn. You have to use unsweetened and make sure the yarn is soaked thoroughly. I swirled the cherry and grape flavors to get a variegated pink aka cotton candy.

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I wish I was a part of this…

The ‘social knitwork’: Guerrilla knitters take on Tokyo

How a bunch of knit-wits are flash mobbing Tokyo with garish crochets and woolly animals

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Imagine your deadly surprise when you wake up from some accidental doze to find this lady sitting next to you.

“Guerilla knitting” sounds like contradiction in terms. After all, how can a peaceful, meditative and solitary activity bear any connection to a movement suggesting solidarity in subversion? 

Sounds like a tale spun of yarn, but it’s reel … I mean real, and happening in Tokyo.

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A diaspora of around 20 knitters around Japan — from Aichi to Niigata — have found themselves entangled in a woolly web of mischief that came about through tweeting.

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Hong Kong commuters with an Octopus Card may get closer to the real thing on a train trip in Niigata.

 

Outbreak of guerilla knitting

Evidently knitting isn’t just the activity of sedentary septuagenarians, and has taken on a more revolutionary hue.

Last August, the knit tweets resulted in a “surprise attack” on the railings outside a display window of Isetan Shinjuku where one of the knitters, 203gow (her online alias) already had her work — a 150×170 centimeter woolen deer — displayed. 

Three other knitters (who also go by their online identities), Miquraffreshia, Hanakomet and Emmaruri, were part of the deviant decoration activity.

They randomly draped their woolen works along the metal railings with wilful disregard for distress to the social fabric and allergies to brightly colored wool.

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An act of knitting ‘tera’-rism with a surprise attack on a Shinto shrine.

 

The social ‘knitwork’

“Unfortunately, the display was taken down after a couple of days by the cleaning company and our creations were thrown away,” said 203gow, who has been knitting almost every day since high school.

“There isn’t such an appreciation for street art as there is in the West here,” said 203gow.

Guerilla knitting in Japan is a spin off from knit graffiti which first unraveled in the United States in 2005. The united knitters of America decorated lamp posts and street signs with woolen wraps and crochets. 

The Japanese online social knitwork first came about as 203gow from Gifu prefecture, Takoyama from Niigata prefecture and Miquraffreshia from Tochigi prefecture contacted each other online around four years ago to exchange ideas and information on their hobby.

All three self-taught knitters share an uncanny passion for knitting octopuses and beards, hence their group name “Que D’accord,” which is a pun on “ke da ko,” or “woolen octopus” in Japanese.

Nevertheless, last October Ebisu Garden Place invited them to launch a similar attack on their public spaces such as benches, railings and light poles, which saw around eight knitters participate in the woolen warcraft.

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Give us this day our daily beard. Knitters 203gow and Takoyama prepare to venture out.

 

All in knit together

“Knitting is usually a solidarity activity, so it’s very enjoyable when we can get together to decorate a space with our creations,” says Miquraffreshia, who gave her up full time job around five years ago to become a professional knitter.

She also makes her own reels of colored thread from clumps of wool.

She comes to Tokyo regularly to teach knitting in a class called Kurai Shugeibu (literally “Black Handicraft”) as the lessons are held in the evenings and accompanied by swigs of alcohol. 

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Ebisu Garden Place get’s a surprise overnight makeover.

Accessible to anyoneShe was recently pleasantly surprised to find a middle-aged salaryman join her class to make a woolen doll.

“It was his first time but he managed to make a surprisingly decent creation,” said Miquraffreshia.

In May 2009, Takoyama collaborated with a band she knew to combine guerilla knitting with mobile jamming.

She draped her octopuses in a local train plying along the Arakawa district of Tokyo while the band played to the captive audience. 

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Ebisu Garden place benches get knitted, while an Isetan department store-bound reindeer gets the final touches.

 

More surprise attacks of knitting

However, attempts to conduct similar guerilla attacks in the Niigata countryside public transport system by leaving, for example, a woolen octopus on the train seat, would more likely be mistaken for an act of forgetfulness, muses Takoyama, who stays on Sado island, and who knits after her day job as a graphic designer.

She picked up the hobby in 2004 and has been teased by her family for only knitting ‘useless things’ such as squids and crows, and not gloves or scarves.

“I would like to knit a pair of gloves or scarf for a surprise attack on a statue, though,” Takoyama said. 

Hanakomet hopes to be able to fill Ebisu Garden Place with fuzz again, and 203gow dreams of a surprise attack on Tokyo Tower one day.

While unaware of today being “Knit Day” in Japan, because February 10 can be called “ni-to,” which sounds like “knit” in the Japanese pronunciation, the knitters will be conducting another ‘surprise attack’ tomorrow at Birdland, a jazz bar in Akasaka to add a soft touch to a party there.

Read more: The ‘social knitwork’: Guerrilla knitters take on Tokyo | CNNGo.com http://www.cnngo.com/tokyo/life/attack-knit-wits-tokyo-353744#ixzz1DVz5eR5U

Colin’s new sweater!

I made it for a 4 year old just in case, he had another big growth spurt! It was originally meant to have an intarsia truck on it, but that was a disaster since I tried to do it in the round. Here is the striped sweater that he won’t be embarrassed to wear, at least not at his age.

 

Vogue Knitting Live show in NYC this weekend for knitting nerds!

Vogue Knitting LIVE! January 21-23, 2011 at the Hilton New York Hotel

• MASTER-LEVEL WORKSHOPS • ONGOING FASHION SHOWS
• TALENTED DESIGNERS • DESIGN COMPETITIONS
• TOPNOTCH TEACHERS • FASHION STUDIO TOURS
• ELITE MARKETPLACE • PANEL DISCUSSIONS & MORE!

I am looking forward to dropping in on this event. It looks pretty exciting although it is too late to register for most classes, since registration started in August.   I can’t wait to see/am shaking in my seat to see all the latest knitted fashions!

Shop The Marketplace!

Marketplace Preview: Friday 5:00 – 7:00pm (open to class and lecture registrants only)
Marketplace Hours: Saturday 9:00am- 6:00pm & Sunday 9:00am- 4:00pm

Your Marketplace Ticket Includes:
Knit-Couture Fashion Shows on 2 Stages!
Yarn & Accessory Boutiques
Beginner Bar – Novice Knitters Welcome!
Pro Lab with Knitting Experts
The LIVE Lounge
Celebrity Booksignings
Technique-Driven Demos (FREE)
New & Knitworthy Products
Raffles & Giveaways

Fashion Shows & Free Demos – In The Marketplace Throughout The Weekend

Demos Include: Debbie Stoller, New York Times best-selling Author of New York Times best-selling Stitch ‘N Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook and Wenlan, fashion designer and creator of the line, Twinkle by Wenlan

SATURDAY FASHION SHOWS

VOGUE KNITTING
10:00 – 10:30am
Vogue Knitting comes to Life! For almost 30 years our iconic magazine has been the fashion leader in the hand-knitting world, showcasing the most beautiful knits. Our fabulous fashion show features our favorite looks from the past year, as well us a preview of yet to be published designs. See 7th Avenue Designer garments, as well as the best creations from the knitterati designers from around the world. Each piece is knit in the best yarns available, and in the colors that are making headlines right now.

BERROCO
11:30-12:00pm
Berroco is a chameleon, shifting ever so slightly as knitters and trends change. Through every shift, our focus remains on high-quality yarns that are sourced around the globe and engineered to be delightful to knit and to wear. This winter season marks a return to the vibrant, quick-knitting fun of chunky multicolored yarns, as well as our first foray into the world of recycled fibers. Each new yarn has a dedicated design collection, with an emphasis on quick-to-knit statement pieces. Rounding out the season is Norah Gaughan Vol. 7, a unified collection of 17 geologically inspired pieces knit in a range of our quintessential wool blends. See a selection of favorites in the Vogue Knitting Live fashion show, and look forward to more surprises to come.

STRING
1:00-1:30pm
String is thrilled to present its inaugural fashion show on Saturday, January 22nd at 1:00 PM in Americas Hall I. Linda Morse, the owner of String, will present a wide variety of chic garments, including cabled pullovers and capes, cozy winter accessories, and sleek coats all inspired by the latest runway trends as well as perennial favorites from String’s own pattern collections. String’s signature cashmere yarns and exclusive silks will be featured in fashionable garments of nearly every hue of the rainbow, from classic camel to fiery red, from royal purple to timeless black. In addition, String will present garments that showcase the most beautiful yarns from Koigu, Prism, Filatura di Crosa, Tahki/S.Charles, and Artyarns. Please join us as we celebrate the finest in knitwear design!

UNIVERSAL YARN
2:30-3:00pm
Universal Yarn is an acknowledged leader in the yarn and craft industry. Headquartered in North Carolina, they liaise directly with mills in Turkey to bring innovative and high quality yarns to knitters and crocheters everywhere. Featuring more than 100 yarns from 6 unique collections- including Universal Yarn, Fibra Natura, Wisdom Yarns, Rozetti Yarns, Nazli Gelin Thread, and The Debbie Macomber Blossom Street Collection- Universal Yarn offers palettes and yarns ranging from the everyday to the exquisite.

KOIGU
4:00-4:30pm
For more than a decade, Koigu Wool Designs has supplied top-quality handpainted merino yarn and exquisite knitting designs to consumers across North America and now around the world. Its unique, rich palette, has ignited a passion for color and quality in the knitting world. Koigu’s fashion show will feature Maie and Taiu Landra’s most recent collection, knit with the vibrant colors of Koigu yarn.

SUNDAY FASHION SHOWS

WESTMINSTER FIBERS
10:00-10:30am
Westminster Fibers is proud to offer some of the finest yarn brands in the world – Rowan and Rowan Classic yarns from England; Gedifra, Regia sock yarn, Schachenmayr and Anchor yarns from Germany and Shepherd yarns from Australia. In addition, Westminster Fibers is pleased to offer our own brand, Nashua Handknits, designed especially for the North American knitting and crochet enthusiasts.

TAHKI STACY CHARLES
11:30-12:00pm
Tahki Stacy Charles is the premier source for fashionable hand-knitting yarns produced under three distinctive labels: Tahki Yarns, which offer classics with an all-American twist; Filatura Di Crosa, a premier line of Italian yarns; and S. Charles Collection, which showcases high-end specialty yarns. Tahki Stacy Charles presents exclusive pattern collections each season to inspire its yarn customers. The company also publishes two free newsletters—the weekly Knitflash and the monthly Club FDC—to keep knitters up to date on the latest trends, designs and yarns.

MAGGIKNITS
1:00-1:30pm
Award-winning Irish designer Maggie Jackson calls herself “a fashion designer who knits,” and one look at her unique, innovative designs tells you why. Jackson, through her company Maggiknits, is now the sole distributor (in partnership with Mary Bell) of her book (Maggie’s Ireland), pattern booklets, kits (complete with custom-made buttons) and coordinated yarns, including Linen, true Irish Tweed, British Mohair, Cotton blend, Mist Slub and Italian Merino. In addition, for the first time, she is making the MK Luxury Hand Knitting Yarn Collection, with accompanying pattern books, available online and through select shops and stores. Jackson is renowned for her fashion shows and workshops across the U.S. and Canada. http://www.maggiknits.com

VOGUE KNITTING
2:30-3:00pm
Vogue Knitting comes to Life! For almost 30 years our iconic magazine has been the fashion leader in the hand-knitting world, showcasing the most beautiful knits. Our fabulous fashion show features our favorite looks from the past year, as well us a preview of yet to be published designs. See 7th Avenue Designer garments, as well as the best creations from the knitterati designers from around the world. Each piece is knit in the best yarns available, and in the colors that are making headlines right now.

MOHAIR SOUTH AFRICA
3:00-3:15pm
South Africa is the leading mohair producer in the world, and the proud sponsor of the Mohair South Africa/Vogue Knitting Magic of Mohair Design Competition. Our show features the 16 finalists and their stunning creations, along with the winning garment, the designer of which will be winging her way to South Africa in the next few months. The winning garment will be featured in a future issue of Vogue Knitting. Mohair is a fashion-forward fiber that ranges in size from lace weight through to bulky, and is a wonderful yarn to blend with other luxury fibers such as silk, wool and cashmere.

My finished beret- working through my stash yarn!

I got this awesome yarn from my Aunt Jean and I’ve been waiting to try a lace beret. I really wanted to do a Ysolda Teague tam. Her patterns are my favorite, but they require a lot of concentration on my part. Instead, I opted for a free ravelry download which I like even more than I expected. It is called Nesaia and is 5 rows of fisherman’s lace. To get the pattern, you’d have to join ravelry to get the pattern. There are all sorts of great free patterns, ideas and forums. It is totally worth it.  It was super easy and completed in about 4 hours. Yay!

amigurumi cactus

This is my first amigurumi project and I am hooked.(no pun intended this time!) What a great way to use up scrap yarn and make adorable little,speedy projects. My friend, Julia and I started making these together during the last crafternoon. Hers is cuter. I will have to ask her if I can put a picture of hers up here! Did I mention it is a pin cushion? That makes it even more realistic. ouch.