What a great weekend!
Rebel Yarns troopers (Denise, Rona, Inken, Shauna, Miriam, Amy and an assortment of newcomers) braved the sweltering heat and humidity to come out to Maplewoodstock and yarnstorm. And thanks to Meera of Knitknack for supplying us with such beautiful yarn for the weekend. (And Glenn for teaching me how to really take pictures)
We were surrounded by friends, great music and a hillside of concert goers who seemed to really appreciate our work. There were quite a few people who came up to see what we were doing and recognized us from our recent installation for the Artists Studio Tour. There were also quite a few kids who stopped by to learn to knit. We’ve begun to notice how many kids are drawn to the fiberarts. Those that come through usually comment that “their grandmother knits” or “their aunt crochets blankets for them.” It seems that these traditions have skipped a generation or two. It’s exciting to see them make their way back. It’s also satisfying to help pass these skills on in such a nontraditional manner. To watch knitting and crochet evolve into a form a self expression.
Also a big thanks to Rona for inspiring some of us to take up tunisian crochet this weekend. It’s so much fun and looks gorgeous. More on that later…
If you’re in the Maplewood, NJ area this weekend, don’t miss Maplewoodstock!
Rebel Yarns will have it’s own shady spot underneath a tree at the top of the hill. Just look for the Rebel Yarns banner. We’ll be there both Saturday and Sunday from 12-6. Bring your folding chair, lots of water (or your favorite beverage) and your knitting needles or crochet hooks. We’ll be knitting and crocheting all weekend to cover the currently bare tree we will all be sitting under.
If you don’t know how to knit or crochet, no problem. We have plenty of spare needles and hooks and someone there will be happy to teach you.
Many thanks to Meera at Knitknack for sponsoring our booth this weekend. She’s donated a huge bag of yarn for us to use. So stop by and visit us.
I’m looking forward to a great weekend of music, yarn and fun!
We’ve been guaranteed a shady spot by a tree so we can
knit and crochet, enjoy the music, teach the kids and welcome other fiber lovers.
It should be great fun!
I’m going to start thinking granny squares, tie dye and peace signs.
Here’s a link for the crocheted peace sign above.
What an amazing two days we had preparing and celebrating the Artists Studio Tour. Spiotta Park in downtown South Orange was covered in yarn! There were flower gardens, floating fairies, a parade of butterflies and so much more. My thanks to everyone who made is such a special day. To all of you who took part in the yarnstorm by contributing pieces of your work and to those who showed up to appreciate it and even take the opportunity to learn a new craft. It left us all with a deeper sense of Community.