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CommuKnitty Success!

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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.

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Yarnstorming Update

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We are meeting on Wednesday nites at 7 at the Baird Center in South Orange.
We will be there through May working on our Spiotta Park yarnstorm for the Artists Studio Tour on June 3.

Please feel free to join us or drop off your work for us to use.

We are accepting swatches of any size, color or shape.

Everything will be used for this project.

Yarnstorming for the Artist Studio Tour 2012

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Calling all Knitters/Crocheters/Fiber Artists
It’s our turn to shine at the South Orange/Maplewood Artist Studio Tour
June 3, 2012
We will be Yarnstorming Spiotta Park in Downtown South Orange
All ages and levels of experience are welcome and encouraged to join in.
This is a Collaborative Community Art Project
The more that join in the more fun we’ll have.
Join me for the initial meeting where you can learn more about Yarnstorming and our plans for the Park.
March 14th
7 pm
The Baird Center
Second Floor
5 Mead Street
South Orange, NJ

Lots to do!

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Okay, get your crochet hooks and knitting needles out. We’ve got lots of work to do and it begins this weekend with Mothers Day.

Happy Mothers Day

Why not celebrate your mother with a little yarnstorming?
My mother taught me how to knit 47 years ago. Sadly, she’s not here to help me teach my daughter, but we’ve chosen to celebrate her this year with a tag on the clocktower in South Orange. If you are so inclined, why not add your own tag, or yarnstorm another location. If you don’t have the time, just add a written note to this piece. That’s what my daughter and I will be doing on Sunday. Use a paper clip and just add it on. A wish, a blessing a thank you to Mom.

The following week it gets even busier with Mayfest on Springfield Avenue  and the beginning of Bike to Work Week both on Sunday May 15th.

Beginning with Mayfest on Springfield Avenue from 11-5, head right over to KnitKnack at 1914 Springfield Avenue.  It will be a yarnlovers paradise that day.  Don’t forget to bring a swatch to add to the bench or tree outside the store.  Throughout the day, we will be covering them both with our work.  They should be incredible by the end of the day.

Then have a seat and join Seth Boyden parent Leah White who will be giving knitting lessons.  Join the knitting circle and refine your technique by working on a swatch.  If you want you can just turn around and add that swatch to the many others that will be covering the tree and bench.

Then head inside Knitknack and get your free ball of Cascade Fixation along with your newborn cap pattern.  All year long these knitted caps are donated to local hospitals.  Good Knitting Karma!

Then you can stop by and see me.  I’ll be there from 11-1 giving “knitters massage”.  Arm, hand and neck massage so you can get back to working on your next project painlessly.  All proceeds from the massage will be donated to the American Cancer Society as well as a portion of Knitknack sales for the day.

And if that’s not enough for  one day, it’s also the beginning of Bike to Work week. Check out this empty bike rack.

Looks pretty bland right? Could use a bit of color and texture to remind everyone to get on their bikes to get to work. Help save on gas, get some exercise, be a good example for your kids and have some fun.

Now check out these bike racks…..

See how much more inviting it can be with a little yarnwork.  Doesn’t need much.  Just take some scraps you have around the house and knit/crochet a small block.  Most bike racks have an 8″inch circumference.  Let’s see how many we can do in South Orange and Maplewood to support Bike to Work Week!

Then comes Saturday June 11th.  There are two big celebrations going on that day.  The first is International Yarnbombing Day. How great that it happens to fall on the same day as Celebrate South Orange!  Just think of the possibilities.  And we have over a month to prepare for them both.  So start thinking of projects you’d like to do.  Get your friends together and collaborate or be a yarnstorming ninja and head out alone in the middle of the night.

To help get ready Knitknack is hosting a Knit Night.  Wednesday, June 1 at 6:30.  Come, sit, knit and chat.  Let’s see how much we can get ready for International Yarnbombingday.

Now I’m going to ask for your help with a little project I’d like to do for Celebrate South Orange.  

My plan is to have a wall of oranges.  Knit-crochet-any size—–just as long as they are orange!  We will spend the week before Celebrate South Orange attaching and hanging them so that the wall will be ready in time for the celebration.  Any and all oranges are welcome.  It’s a community effort, so please join in!  I’ll let you know later where and when to drop them off, but just start making them.

Okay,   that’s enough for now.  Hope this sparks some ideas.  Please let me know if you have any questions or special projects you’d like to work on.  I can’t wait to see it all!

Don’t Stop!

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Our Stop Bullying campaign started today.  As I drove around town it was great to see all the tags.  I can’t wait to get out and find more.  I don’t think we hit 1000 yet though, so let’s keep Storming!

Keep out the orange yarn and let your voice be heard.  Let’s see if we can get to 1000 before the Winter school break.

Tell your friends, have a party, talk to your PTA president…..whatever it takes.

But keep Storming!

Stop Bullying and ThanksKnitting

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It’s been a pretty crazy week here, and all I can say is “TGIK” – “Thank God I Knit”.  I don’t know about you, but for me knitting and crocheting are my therapy.  My mind stills, my hands are busy, I get to focus but not think too hard.  It’s an active meditation that I am dependent on. Better than a drink and less fattening then chocolate.  My own personal healthy addiction.

I am thankful to have it as a skill. Grateful to my mother for teaching knitting to me when I was young, grateful to my friend for dragging me to a crochet class, grateful to live in a community where there is a group of women/men/gallery owners who support fiber arts and are willing to come together as a voice.

I hope to see you on the streets tomorrow night (Sunday, November 21) with your work in hand, tagging stop signs, school trees, sign posts…..(whatever your orange swatches will fit around) to let our community know that we Yarnstormers won’t sit by while bullying in our schools continues.

Then I hope to see you again on Tuesday night, November 23, 8pm, starting at the South Orange clock in Spiotta Park. We will gather round the clock towers and celebrate ThanksKnitting.  Bring colorful creations and we will exchange the wonderful Mischief Knit work for new work celebrating this Thankful Season.

Tonight’s the Night!

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Our first group yarnbombing is tonight and I’ve been crocheting up a storm. I figure it’s faster than knitting and I can do larger work on short notice. But most importantly, I’ve been learning a lot and getting some really fun ideas that I can’t wait to share with everyone.
So finish your strips, pack your knitting needles and crochet hooks and gather round the clocks between 8 and 10. I can’t wait to see the finished pieces!

Mischief Knit!

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The "Naked" South Orange Clock

Mischief Knit!

 

Thursday, October 28
8-10 pm
Meet at the large clock in downtown Maplewood or the clock in Spiotta Park in South Orange.
Bring a knitted/crocheted strip. Any color or width. Make it either 21″, 25″ or 58″ long.
We will be covering both clocks in yarn.
Just in time for the Halloween parade.
If you’d like you can meet at 7pm at the G.A.S. Gallery at 411 Ridgewood Road to celebrate the opening of their newest exhibit and join in the merriment later at St. James Gate.

Bring your families and tell whoever you think may be interested.
Should be lots of fun!

Let the Action Begin

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Wikipedia defines Yarnbombing as:

Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, graffiti knitting or yarnstorming is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth rather than paint or chalk. While yarn installations – called yarn bombs or knit bombs – may last for years, they are considered non-permanent, and, unlike graffiti, can be easily removed if necessary. The practice is believed to have originated in the U.S. with Texas knitters trying to find a creative way to use their leftover and unfinished knitting projects, but it has since spread worldwide.

Due to the nonpermanent nature of yarnbombing there are some suggestions we make for your work.

  1. Have fun!  Since it is a form of grafitti, you may choose to do your yarbombing undercover.  Think Ninja knitting….. Many have tagged before you in masks, ski caps, costumes. You may choose to do the same or rather by cover of night or early morning. There are others of us who are happy to tag in public.  Either way, have fun.
  2. Take an alias……If you choose to be an anonymous yarnbomber.
  3. Leave a note.  Do you have a message for those that find your art work?  Do you want to lead them to the online gallery where all the work will be displayed?  Maybe there’s another fiber artist out there that wants to join our ranks.  Feel free to attach a note.  I suggest having it laminated to protect it from the rain.
  4. Take a picture.  There is no way to guarantee that your work will not be removed.  Take a picture that day or come back the next to photograph your work.  You can download your photos to our Facebook page (Rebel Yarns), blog (rebelyarns.wordpress.com) or online gallery (http://www.galleryandstudio.org/).  Many of these pictures will be used in our final gallery exhibit.
  5. Drop off swatches.  Any size, any color, any shape. There will be a box located at the Framing Mill where you can continue to drop off swatches until the spring.  We will sew these together for our final yarnbombing project, an installation artpiece for the G.A.S. Gallery.
  6. Spread the word.  Tell your friends & family, start a knitting circle, teach your kids , their classroom, their scout troop.  Yarnbomb alone, in a group, as a neighborhood.  The more tags there are the more fun we’re having, the more our community has to look at.  Post to MOL, keep up with the Facebook page and blog.  Start a yarn swap.  Be creative.  Look around your neighborhood, what needs more color, a greater sense of humor, a touch of beauty, a simple statement.

You don’t even need to know how to knit or crochet to join in the art action. You can weave, wrap or tie your yarn.  Or take the opportunity to learn to knit or crochet.  There will be plenty of classes, knitting circles or new friends to learn from.

Suggested websites for inspiration and information

http://www.yarnbombing.com/

http://www.identityschool.org/

http://www.magdasayeg.com/knitta_please_gallery.html

http://www.ladiesfancyworksociety.com/

http://knitthecity.com/

http://www.microrevolt.org/knitPro.htm – allows you to upload any graphic to a web application, which will automatically turn your picture into a chart suitable for knit, crochet, and

5 More Days

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There are only five more days until our community yarnbombing begins. Take a look around you as you drive through town. Did you notice a spot that needs a little extra color. Perhaps you’re in a Halloween mood and want to create some extra goblins for the holiday. Or maybe you’re creating an original work of art that needs a special local home. Well, start thinking and planning because there’s only a few more days until we begin.