Saturday, 7 March 2009

Something Lovely.

First of all, thank you all for your kind and sweet words on yesterdays post. We have Jay home for the weekend and then he's off again on Monday for the week. We survive. We always do. It's where the phrase 'your other half' makes sense to me!

So I reckon it's time for something cheerful.

I love knitting but I don't do very much as it's too slow (or I should say I'm too slow) and I get impatient. But lately I've been inspired by all this 'Guerilla Knitting' that's going on around the planet. Small things that make a statement? Sounds right up my street. And the whole 'graffiti' element appeals to the latent anarchist in me. I would have loved this as a teenager, when I rediscovered knitting and knit giant black mohair jumpers on the biggest needles I could find. And then wore them to death.

Has anyone seen any? Or done it? I can't find much evidence of any in Dublin, but I bet someone is doing it. These images are from flickr. The fact that meet-up's of all sort of crafty-ness are happening all around the place convinces me. For example The Loft Market in Powerscourt had a Sew and Tell meeting last Thursday where people shared their know-how. And I know there are various knitting cafes going on around Dublin, and I'm sure other parts of the country. My own group is still in the fledgling stage, but I can see potential, and hopefully we can help spread the crafting love!

It's great to read online and increasingly in the media about the growing world-wide knitting and stitching that is going on. I love seeing it become the norm. Every second person I know does something, even in a small way. And I celebrate the online/blogging world that brings all these people together! Isn't it brilliant.

Have you any stories, groups, meetings to share? I'd love to hear.

And finally, there's even a documentary film about it. Check out the trailer for Hand Made Nation here. Has anyone seen it?

I'm off in to Dublin today, camera in hand. You never know what I might see.


Lisa Conmara said...

Lets do this!

How about putting a bit of colour into dun laoire pier!!

Or we could give the trees in knocksink a makeover!!


Esti said...

It's such a good idea, but I'm helpless at knitting... :)
Go out there, do this and document it, please!

mimi charmante said...

Okay, your post makes me want leg warmers! I love those - especially if they are easy and fast! Please post if you find any patterns! I tend to crochet myself (you know, I need a new word for crochet as all it does is bring visions of doilies...) because it seems easier.
Keep me posted!

Erin said...

I love it! :) I have only ever knitted scarves. Seems a bit too challenging for me.. such a cool idea though! Another blogger friend of mine, Anna Kiss at Sugar Beet and Weasel, has done this. She posted about it recently at..

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I have recently heard about a knitting project designed for the Skye Bridge. Have you heard of that one. I might participate. It would be lovely to have a wee bit of myself on Skye.

Lisa said...

What fun....I need to learn to knit!

Jo said...

There's a lovely stich and bitch evening on thursdays, 7-9 in Blackrock, in This is Knit.

Great music, tea and biccies, nice chat. Great for beginners, you get lots of help, encouragement, inspiration. They run classes too.

I haven't been since I had the baby, nor have the needles been out. Hopefully soon.

Paddy said...

Have I got this right? The rebellious guys do graffiti on walls/buildings while subversive women knit/crochet the barricades & flagpoles.

'It's nearly midnight, mother. You promised you would do your knitting at home while on parole.'

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The Dirt Dude said...

Hmmm... Guerrilla knitting? What a great idea! I've heard of guerrilla gardening before, but never heard the concept applied to knitting... Be sure to take some photos if you ever see any in person!

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