Monthly Archives: June 2011

Looks a little drab. Yarn bomb it.

Nothing like a little Friday afternoon knitting inspiration…

The best graffiti going around is yarn bombing. As these guys sum it up superbly, ‘yarn bombing is improving the urban landscape one stitch at a time’.

So we thought we would share some of our favourite yarn bombing happy snaps to celebrate the start of the weekend.

Enjoy.

This beautiful bus was found over here > http://sketch42blog.com/2010/02/yarn-bombing/.

These luscious ladies were found over here > http://www.flickr.com/photos/tofz4u/3570110069/ .

This lovely leg was located over here > http://neo.agencyrecord.com/2010/08/rgas-creative-roasted/.

This beautiful tree was found over here > http://themakeanddoplace.wordpress.com.

Regardless of the beauty some colourful yarn can give to a city, yarn bombing is technically illegal (check the wikipedia definition out here). So for now we will have to make do with these images. But if you did have the legal freedom, endless yarn, and lots of talent – What piece of our urban landscape would you love to see yarn bombed?

Links:

http://themakeanddoplace.wordpress.com
http://sketch42blog.com/2010/02/yarn-bombing/
http://neo.agencyrecord.com/2010/08/rgas-creative-roasted/

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Nothing like knitting with 800 friends…

Last weekend was World Wide Knit in Public Day and boy was it a stitchin’ success.  Knitters were out and about in full force all around the country. More than 800 people came down to knit, chat and enjoy the winter sunshine in Federation Square in Melbourne.

Thanks to everyone who knitted in public last weekend. Here are some photos and a snippet of our Born to Knit debut on Channel 7. We had a ball (a knitted one of course). Thanks for your support of our Born to Knit campaign.

 

World Wide Knit in Public Day, Federation Square, Melbourne.

World Wide Knit in Public Day, Federation Square, Melbourne.

 

And Born to Knit’s time to shine….

 

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World Wide Knit in Public Day

So we know that knitting needles and a ball of wool are better fashion accessories than an iphone 4. And we also know that knitting on the tram or the park bench is relaxing, gives off a casual-chic vibe and looks plain cool.

But this weekend everyone else will know it too.

Saturday 11th June marks World Wide Knit in Public Day. That’s right a day where we all hold our knitting needles high and carry our ball of wool with pride. A day to band together and click away. As the official tag line of the day says ‘Better living through stitching together’. And who can argue with that 🙂

There are events happening all around Australia – so go to the official website and find one near you. Take along a scone or two, meet some fellow knitting pals and flaunt your knitting style in public.

If you are in Melbourne or Sydney –there are two events that are being hosted by Australian country Spinners and are happening in support of Born to Knit. There will be some Born to Knit Kits to giveaway, knitting classes on offer, and Born to Knit tags that you can write a personal message on and leave with your square you knitted on the day.

The Melbourne and Sydney Knit-ins go from 11am until 3pm so pop down and say hello. If you can’t make it to an official event, you can still show your support for the day.  Head to your local park with knitting needles, wool and a thermos of hot tea in hand, and get some peaceful but still public knitting action in. Enjoy!

World Wide Knit In Public Day Events that support Born to Knit:

Melbourne
Date: Saturday 11th June
Time: 11am till 3pm
Location: Federation Square, Cnr Flinders St and Swanston St

Sydney
Date: Saturday 11th June
Time: 11am till 3pm
Location: Martin Place, Cnr Elizabeth St and Martin Place (outside Channel Seven News )

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Were you born to knit?

Some people were born to laugh. Some people were born to run. Some people were born to party. And some people were just born to knit.

After the success of our Knit One Save One campaign last year, this year we are once again rallying the knitting troops of Australia, but under a brand new banner.

Enter Born to Knit.

Everyone was born to do something. But by joining our Born to Knit campaign you can share your creativity with a child who needs your warmth.

After seeing the strength of the knitting community last year we have now set our sights even higher. We are aiming to collectively knit 15,000 blankets. That is a total of 240,000 squares. And 929 million 280 thousand stitches. That is a lot of plain and purl. So that is why we need your help 🙂

This year we are encouraging people to knit full blankets if possible. Basic guidelines for getting started on your blanket are below – but there are full instructions on the newly launched Born to Knit section of our website. There is also great information on why we need the blankets and where they are going.

To help you get started you can purchase one of our new Born to Knit Kits (where you get wool, knitting needles, instructions, a sewing needle, and a sticker sheet) or if you have your own wool & needles and just need some tips check out our knitting instructions.

If you are a school teacher or a student Born to Knit has something exciting for you guys over here.

We are excited to start the Born to Knit journey with you. May the knitting needles click, the ball of wool become a knitted square, and together we create 15,000 blankets.

Let the knitting begin.

Guidelines for knitting your blanket:

  • Please use 4mm needles
  • Please use 8ply 100% pure wool
  • A perfect-sized blanket is made up of 16 knitted squares
  • Each square should be about 20cms x 20cms
  • The final blanket size should be around 80cms x 80cms

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