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Hey, it’s finally summer time! Everything blooms and it might be the right time to bring more flowers to our beautiful city.

This is a message from Alyson Dobrota from PBJ Design, the non-profit that works to revitalise public spaces.


Join PBJ Design & Assemblage

on July 16th from 10-4

for a yarn-bombing!

We will be putting crocheted pieces into a flower design on the fence that surrounds the parking lot at Granville, Hollis, and Sackville Streets downtown. We’re looking for any spare yarn, extra crochet hooks to borrow on July 16th, or any extra crocheted pieces we can incorporate into our design (ex. crocheted doilies). Most importantly, we’re looking for volunteers on July 16th to help us beautify the fence. Snacks and drinks will be provided for volunteers!

If you’re interested in helping out or have any questions, feel free to email Alyson at: alyson@pbjdesign.ca.


 

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Lovely, isn’t it? Here are a few links that Alyson sent me to share with you if you wish to make flowers before the event.

She wrote:

“The first two are for basic small flowers, which we could use in any size! If they are smaller, we could incorporate them into larger flowers together on the fence, and if they are larger, they can stand alone. The last link is for a doily, this could be another design that we use for flowers. We’re open to anything!

https://www.thespruce.com/flat-flower-applique-pattern-978604

https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2015/01/crochet-flower/

https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2015/03/free-crochet-doily-pattern/

We will be using some fabric strips and some yarn to make the grass and the leaves. We’re also opened to basic stems/crocheted chains for flower stems or grass. The pattern for the fence is very flexible and will depend on what we receive. I am very excited to see where it goes!”

If you feel like bringing more beauty to the public spaces while using your crafting skills and hanging out with other crafters… here is a great chance! 

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A few days ago I received an email about World Wide Knit in Public Day from the Scandinavian Society of Nova Scotia.  It made me think about my experiences of knitting in public, and not only on this day.

For example, today I was knitting a sock. I was the only person in the room full of conference attendees with the needles in my hands. The person who was presenting, a well-known educator and a public speaker, mentioned in passing that she was a knitter. As soon as a small group discussion started, I marched up to her and asked her permission to knit. I assured her that I can do it almost automatically without getting distracted and that I am not bored. She graciously allowed and the sock for my son grew a little bit.

sock in progress

I often knit in unexpected places. I knit while taking classes at the college. I knit on the playgrounds, on the beach, on the planes. I knit when I visit my friends. I knit during long First Aid courses — it helps bring the anxiety down. Once, I knit a mitten while playing soccer with my 4-year-old boy. It seems that both knitters and non-knitters don’t mind it as long as I ask them about it. I would love to hear what you think about taking your projects with you and working on them while you are our and about.

If knitting outdoors at the beautiful Public Gardens speaks to you, please read the message below. I definitely plan to come and finally finish that sock!

“THE SCANDINAVIAN SOCIETY OF NOVA SCOTIA
(Knitting for Fun Group)

IS HOSTING A PUBLIC

World Wide Knit in Public Day

SATURDAY, 18TH OF JUNE, 2016 – 1 to 3:30 p.m (no rain date).

HALIFAX PUBLIC GARDENS

JOIN US at the Family Lawn area of the Gardens
(corner of Spring Garden Rd & Summer St.)

AS WE KNIT WITH HUNDREDS OF KNITTERS AROUND THE WORLD ON THE SAME DAY!

We welcome all fine arts enthusiasts! Bring a project of your choice and join us for conversation and knitting (crocheting, embroidery, etc.)! Halifax Public Gardens will provide benches. Bring a blanket to sit on, water and snacks, if you wish. 
Special thanks to HRM and staff at the Halifax Public Gardens for making this event possible.”

p.s. Sock update: I did finish the socks but it took me so long that my son grew and they don’t fit him any more. Good thing, I have a daughter.

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Needles? Who needs them?

Hello dear knitters,

Last fall I learned something amazing about knitting — we don’t really need the needles to knit. Here is the scarf that my 7-year-old daughter made for her teacher using only her little fingers. Here is the video that we used to educate ourselves about this technique. Basically, the knitted fabric is a palm-wide stripe of loopy stockinette stitch that rolls into a tube. The bulky weight yarn is the best for one strand or you can combine two yarns of medium weight to create a more interesting visual effect.

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I know it’s been around for a while but the awesome thing is that it is so simple, even 5-year-olds can learn it. And who told me about it? A 10-year-old boy who knits (he uses the needles AND the loom).

After looking at the video, I decided that it’s a perfect craft technique to share with school-age children. I set up a few workshops and at least 40 children (in small groups of ten) had a chance to play with the yarn and create bracelets, necklaces, and even one very thick ring using this method.

This experience inspired me to offer two finger knitting classes and two beginner knitting classes for children during the knit night at the Spryfield library. The library staff supported this idea and published the announcement in the library guide.  We decided to have only 6 children at a time (and they need to sign up through the library) so that everyone can have as much support as they needed.

Well, no children came to the first class, although some signed up. I guess it is quite late at night and it was freezing cold that evening. I felt a little disappointed but luckily I had my children with me and they produced these. My daughter made a scarf for her friend and the black and brown bracelet was made by my 5-year-old son — see what I mean? It’s that easy. (I apologize for the terrible picture quality, I had to take it at night because the red scarf was a gift and was gone the next day).

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Can you see it better here? Well, I tried.

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While the kids were working on their finger knitting, two ladies came and they wanted to learn how to knit. One of them had some experience and the other one didn’t. We all sat at the same table and at the end of the evening the ladies managed to knit a few rows of garter stitch. One of them was saying “I am doing it! I am knitting!”. Ahh, music to the knitter’s ears.

So I started a social group to hang out with knitters at the library but realized that I really enjoy sharing my skills with other creative beings, especially children. Weird, huh? But I am loving it.

Have you tried teaching anyone how to knit or crochet? I would love to hear your stories.

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