The calm before the storm ↓ The “storm” is of course this year’s Nuit Blanche.
I expect that this now empty space will be filled to brimming when the sun goes down. We will be open all night long making art. Vive la Nuit Blanche, but thank goodness it comes but once a year. I like my sleep!
After an appropriate recovery period I will post pictures of the event itself. My living doll of a friend Katie Kehoe has graciously agreed to video the event for us so expect to see that some time in the future too.
Hope to see you there!
“Sweater” is the name and knitting is the game!
Spud and Chloe Sweater to be precise. This yarn’s cheerful colour pallet calls out to be made into jumpers and jammies for tots and toddlers. This cotton/wool blend is plenty soft and washable too. $16 per 146 m (160 yds ).
We are restocked in Spud and Chloe Outer too! This extra bulky yarn is also a cotton and wool blend, also washer safe, and $17 per 55m (60yds).
How about this Leaf Blanket pattern made from Outer! What a Sweet Pea!
Just discovered but definitely on my list of top 5 books of 2012 is Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated beautifully by Jon Klassen.
you gotta see this book!
it’s a knitters dream come true!
I went to see “Moonrise Kingdom” by Wes Anderson last night and this ↑ is the very first thing I saw. I couldn’t help but see it as it took up whole screen.
A needlepoint – well I’ll be!
I’ve had needlepoint on the brain lately.
So, as we approach ever closer to our Needlepoint Class in August I will be sharing with you my growing collection of wild ambitions, fantastic finds and even a few attainable aspirations – all needlepoint related.
It seems like this craft is making a comeback, and this charming film will no doubt grow the list of admirers. This needlepoint and others were made by Voila Needlepoint. They were commissioned to make the wall-warmers for the fictional, cottage home of the Bishop family who live on the fictional Island of New Penzance. You can see the rest of them here including the the stitched portrait of Fort Lebanon.
Of course if you haven’t seen the movie yet, then that should be your first port of call.
Iwona sliced her finger. 8 stitches! Send her your sympathies. She is working with a handicap, and knits almost as slow as the rest of us.
Many of you may not have chanced upon the Hyperbolic Reef when it was displayed at the Knit Cafe in days of yore.
Hyperbolic who? you say!
You can find out much of what you need to know about this project from going to the source: The Institute for Figuring. This is where it all began. Hyperbolic crochet was created to produce a three dimensional model that would represent the concept of hyperbolic space. The result: fancy mathematics for those with big brains and fascinating lively shapes for imaginative souls.
Hyperbolic crochet models looked so like sea anemones and coral creatures that is seemed obvious what to do with them -make an entire coral reef! Created entirely out of discarded plastic bags cut into crochetable strips this display was developed to call attention to the endangerment of the Great Barrier Reef .
Currently you can get current on Hyperbolic Coral Reefs if you check out the Toronto Hyperbolic Reef made by local crafters and on display at The Roadside Attraction window gallery at 911 Davenport from February 25 – March 30, 2012.
The whole day has come and gone and I am no good for writing or anything else. Look upon these pictures and be cheered!
Find more info here
Goodnight and Craftily yours
This past weekend we were happy to host the gals from Dear Toronto who took over our window gallery to make this wonderful installation. A winter wonderland with letters not bound for Santa Claus but notes addressed to our fine city.
Hand knitted envelopes hang in wait for passers by and knitters to fill them with their thoughts of and wishes for Toronto.
The envelopes are knit with Cascade 220, one of our most popular yarns and a yarn which we recently restocked. Many sweet colours including the enchanting hue used for these envelopes (a complex purple called Galaxy) some neutrals and greys and brights too have come home to roost. Cascade 220 Sport too!
Since it is the time for giving gifts I thought you all might benefit from this idea. We had an old 2011 knitting calendar hanging around and we decided we could re-purpose it nicely- like so↑
To make your own envelopes (for gifts, Christmas cards or otherwise) take an envelope of favored size and shape, then unglue and unfold it. Trace around it on a stiff piece of paper or cardborad (in this case we used an old file folder). Cut it out and this will be your template. You can then trace around it onto calenders or other papers to make your envelopes. Cut these out and fold your paper into shape. We used a glue stick to hold it all in place, but double sided tape or other glue would work too. There you have it! Now you have fancy gifting envelopes and you recycled too!
Along with the Cascade 220 came some Brown Sheep Burly Spun in deep charcoal and Misti Alpaca in creamy white. Both are very popular yarns, so if you needed them to finish off something for the holidays they are now at your disposal.
This weekend is pretty special.
THE CITY OF CRAFT; an annual extravaganza featuring the wares of local craft artists, opens its doors to the public. Fantastically, it is practically next door to the Knit Cafe.
In the Theatre Centre, under the Great Hall at Queen and Dovercourt is where all the action takes place. It is a great opportunity to get some gift items that you have been searching for and a liberal dose of crafting inspiration too. Supporting your local craft community at the same time. it is win, Win, WIN!
Arrive early for swag bags!
And then drop by the Knit Cafe for a hot-cuppa-somethin. We will be hosting a satellite craft exhibition curated by the folks from the City of Craft. A big welcome in advance to “Dear Toronto” who will be joining us on Saturday and Sunday with a crafty installation and exhibition.
City of Craft 2011
December 10 & 11, 2011
Children under 12 FREE
The Theatre Centre
1087 Queen Street West
Thrush Holmes Empire
1093 Queen Street West
See you then
The big headline for today’s blog is as follows:
MORE MADELINE TOSH!
Prairie is a one ply lace weight merino yarn that we are extra fond of. Several folks have already chosen colours to start a French Nautical Striped Scarf. There may not be enough time before Christmas to finish this project but what a great thing to be working on through the holiday while you sit and catch up with all the friends and relations. This is an easy going project so you can concentrate on the conversing and the shortbread and not your knitting.In more news: FIRST SNOWFALL HITS TORONTO! Here is the proof↓Lastly – some follow up on a story we’ve been following.
Bones and Bluster , my art show of knitted goods will be closing in a weeks time. I would like to take this opportunity to thanks some folks because the truth is that it takes a community to put on an art show and my community is the best!
Thanks go to:
Kate- for making the best card for the show, what a fantastic designer and a patient lady.
Iwona – for making what must have seemed like a million little felt balls
James- for helping me hang the show and doing such a good job of promoting it
Duncan at The Lettering Shop- for being so helpful and providing me with the vinyl to make the sign. If anyone needs a sign -this is the best spot to go in TO.
Mark – for making it all happen
Christine- for EVERYTHING! most especially helping me bend wires and balance things and sticking vinyl on the windows and giving your two cents. It was perfect!
To my family for being so excited for me,
and my Sweetheart for putting up with my artistic temperament.
To ALL who came and supported and there are a lot of you. Thank you so much!!
The show will be open through the end of Sunday December 4
Bones and Bluster
by Kristin Ledgett
November 18-December 4, 2011
@ Communication Art Gallery
209 Harbord St. Toronto
More pictures after the jump and a review of the show here