How the Owl Became

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This crochet owl has become something like The Knit Cafe’s mascot.
It came about like this:
owls @the knit cafe by Robbie Eddison
picture taken by Robbie Eddison

The very talented Edie Kim created the pattern way back in 2007.  We adored it, and found that is was also a fast and satisfying thing to make.  Soon everyone wanted to make one.  The owls multiplied and I decided they deserved to be featured in a Knit Cafe window display.  In was the summer time and I left to sojourn at the cottage, leaving instructions that every knitter available should make owls.  Whilst in the woods I gathered sticky pine cones to add to the display and made a few owls besides. Baskets brimming with stuffed owls greeted me when I arrived home and I put together the above show-case.  The success of this display was enormous.  Travelers gawked, and children  pressed their noses against the glass to get a better look.  The conclusion – everyone likes owls!

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Skip ahead to October 2009, and the Arts Festival- Nuit Blanche.  The owls made their second appearance this time in circus regalia.  Some jumped through burning hoops, some swung on trapezes, some sailed through the air on an owl Ferris wheel.

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The “Tecolote” display was developed for the 2011 Nuit Blanche Exhibition. The owls got all dressed up to celebrate the Day of the Dead.

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…and this past Christmas, the owls made their most recent appearance.  I should mention that owls were not reused for each display.  In fact – all were adopted after each exhibition was dismantled and fresh and new owls were created for the next installation.  That’s how much we like making these little guys!

You can learn to make them too.  Join our “owl-making class”, and get introduced to the crochet technique known as Amigurumi.  That is: improvising to make 3-dimensional forms that resemble cute creatures and stuffed toys.

Amigurumi Workshop
Sunday June 23, 12:30-3:00pm
$30, materials not included
to register call 416 533 5648

Craftily yours
Kristin

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