International Yarnbombing Day

18 05 2011

Hello loves,

I just found something so, so, very, very interesting… and fun!  I’ve got a great project in the works for International Yarn Bombing Day on June 11th.  Read up on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Yarn-Bombing-Day-June-11th-2011/104441312968198?sk=wall or on the official blog: http://iybd.blogspot.com/

I think this is a great idea and I encourage any knitters in Vernon who want to get a little rogue to get some scraps out and get ready to make Vernon COLOURFUL!!!  (Speaking of which – it was explained to me the other day that Hospital hill is quite grey to walk along.  Plenty of opportunity for more colour there…) I’d love to organise something to make Vernon colourific.  Let me know if you’re interested!

knitified* out.





Gingerbread Zombies Invade Christmas!

21 12 2010

Hello loves,

Let me start this long-overdue post with a disclaimer:

MOM, DAD and GRAMMA, IF YOU ARE READING THIS, PLEASE WAIT UNTIL AFTER CHRISTMAS. (It’s only a few more days!)

With that out of the way, I will now give excuses as to why I haven’t been doing much in the way of knitification…  First,  this has been keeping me really busy:

Her name is Kailee and we adopted her the week after we got home from New Zealand.  She’s German SheppardxWolfxLab and the BEST PUPPY EVER!!!

And I’ve been working on making gingerbread zombies with the Man.  Gingerdead men, if you will.  It took us a whole day, and we finished by being too stuffed full of cookie dough and candies to want dinner, but I cooked a proper meal and made us eat it anyway.

So you can see we took some inspiration from 28 Weeks Later (I think the screaming man running through the back yard being chased by the armless zombie is Robert Carlyle, and the one of the roof, doomed to either being eaten alive or jumping from the roof and risking a broken leg is his wife.  Either way, she’s as good as zombie.  And okay, the “HELP” on the roof is probably more likely a reference to 28 Days Later (end scene), but whatever.  My favourite part was the Man turning to me after I finished decorating the lady on the roof and saying “You’re better at this.  Can you fix my gore torso?”  Then we proudly displayed that carnage by the front door.  And oh do we ever have ideas for next year’s gingerbread house… Stay tuned, boys and girls.

The other thing keeping me busy has been my Christmas knitting.  I finished a lace shawl for my mommy.

I’m very proud of it and managed to keep it a secret until right this very moment, when she came up behind me at work and said “Oh that’s pretty, did you make that?”  Me: uh, no… I found it on the internet.  Her: “Well it’s very pretty, I sure like the rainbow colours”  At least I know she likes it!

Also I’m working on a Cowichan sweater for my daddy.  So, it won’t be ready for Christmas (I haven’t even bought the yarn yet, but I have to go to Kelowna) but I’ll draw him a nice picture of it.  And it’s not really a Cowichan sweater in the traditional sense.  I’m using a vintage pattern as a template, but it’s going to be a cross between a Cowichan and some vintage Moto Guzzi race sweater that exists on the internet (and in some cool book my dad has) but which I can’t find just now.  I still have to alter my graph a bit, so there’s not much to show right now…

The last thing I have to knit up is a tea cozy for my Gramma.  It’s my own design inspired by the Mason Dixon dish cloth (tea towel?).  I’ve only cast-on this morning and I have to make a place holder toque for my dad, so I hope I get them done in time!

Well, I guess that’s it for now.

knitified* out.





best before (passed) & a yarnbomb for the weekend

12 11 2010

UPDATED WITH PICTURES!!!

Hello loves,

First, let me apologise for this long overdue post.  I’ve been working on all sorts of things, including a pair of socks that just won’t finish, Stompin’ Tom and a knitted city.  I think all will be great when they’re finished, but it hasn’t left me much time to post shenanigans from 2 weeks ago.

It is at this point of my writing that I notice that my camera has EATEN the photos I took of what follows.  Yes.  They are gone.  So I’ll describe as best I

can and see if I can draw some illustrations or something.

 

Meemats and I got up to some random guerrilla art in the Nature’s Fare

parking lot.  She made these great handbills for underneath the windshield wiper blades of parked cars.  A public service announcement, really.  She’s wonderful. It was a vintage looking mustachio awareness campaign. “Don’t let them happen to you – or the ones you love” great shit, really.

After that we headed off to do some stitchery and bitchery and then, you may have noticed, if you’ve driven PV Rd over the past 2 week,s that the penis tree has once again been adorned by a cozy.  But this time, it’s decidedly more G-rated. It’s a simple blue snugglie that says “STOP” on it in bright red.  Not too certain why, but it’s cute.  I’ll get some pics tomorrow when I got into town.

This weekend I’ll be “on vacation” in Kamloops (Camel Poops) to visit my B and I have a little yarnbomb planned for that… so I’ll post it as soon as I can.

In the meantime, this was so oddly tangential that I had to share.  Wordpress gives me the Top Searches on the stats page for my blog, and I don’t know what this is supposed to mean, but they are all somewhat related and yet not at all to what I post about here. I found it funny.  This is what it said today:

Top Searches

knitting for shits and giggles, (knit shit)

famous knitted art embarcadero, (yarnbomb in SF)

evacuate a building, (Auckland… ‘nuf said)

christchurch parking ticket, (Chch yarnbomb)

aidan knight (because he rocks and sings about knitting and everyone should become familiar with his music and go to shows and buy lots o records from this friendly chap.)

With that, I bid you all a good night and I promise pictures soon.

And now, for your patience, a bonus picture of something really great we found in the PV area.

knitified out.





Retrospective Yarnbombs of En Zed.

18 10 2010

Hello loves,

Best intentions, right? Of course I’ve been home for 10 days and just now am I posting the yarnbombs I did in NZ.  Oh well.  We had a great time and though I didn’t get to post while I was away, I’ll be doing lots of posting this fall and before it gets too freeeeeking cold this winter.

I only did two wee yarnbombs after Auckland (that I could find pictures of – I thought there were more, but I can’t find evidence in my camera…) So here is one of my little magnetic flowers in Welly and a woogy warm fishnet by the Avon in Christchurch.  And a bonus couple of pix from Dunedin & Chch – not exactly yarnbombs, but I really loved Dunedin and wanted to share how steep it is and I really loved Chch and wanted to share the Coolest-Lady-Who-Makes-Amazing-Work-in-Felt-at-the-Chch-Art-Centre-Market-

Whose-Name-I-Failed-to-Ask.  She was rad and posed with the Meemats Monsters that I carried through NZ with me.  And we talked about Amelie and our shared love of that beautiful French movie.

So, maybe another post later this week…  I’m working on some little projects to

ease the autumn chill here in Vernon.

Knitified* out.





Last Knitification for a few weeks in Vernon

1 09 2010

Hello loves,

Yep, that’s right.  For the next 5 weeks or so, any posts I put up will be in the “knitified* out of town” category.  This is the last yarnbomb in Vernon for the next few weeks.  It’s a cute little crocheted fishnet and it’s at Okanagan College –  Kalamalka campus on the upper parking lot.

So in the next few weeks, I have plans to knitify San Francisco, Honolulu and large swaths of New Zealand.  Right now I have no idea how when or often I’ll get to post these knitifications, but I’ll do as soon as I can.  Subscribe for updates or check back often.

knitified* out.





New Yarnbomb in Vernon

26 08 2010

Hello loves,

Well, there they are.  Riot on the Roof isn’t until Saturday night, but I’ve installed early.  Hopefully they make it until then.  It’s only 50 hours away…  Also, I think I made a good impression on the lady from Nighthawk security.  She was doing her rounds and as I pulled out the camera to snap a few shots of my fancywork, she came over and asked why I “put that there?” so I told her about the event that the youth ambassador at the VPAG has put together and she said, “Oh yes, that’s right!  I thought maybe that’s what you were up to, but I thought i should check” and she introduced herself and we shook hands, had a little chat and wished eachother a nice evening.  Nice lady.

This little yarnbomb comes with a challenge.  THINK.  And so now the parkade is cozied and I’m sad that I’ll miss the event.  I think it’s going to be really fun!  Like I mentioned in my last post, if anyone is at the event and happens to get some pics of my little cozy during the event, I’d LOVE to put them up here.  Sending them to knitified (at) yahoo (dot) ca would be very much appreciated.

In other news, I occasionally talk about music, because in addition to my knitting compulsion, I’m also a music freak.  And quickly, I just have to tell about my end of summer party.  We called it “See Out Summer With the Cool Kids” and we were lucky enough to be able to host Aidan Knight who wooed us with his melodic, dynamic and soulful tunes.  I was a huge fan of Aidan’s already – I saw him play with Dan Mangan in Kelowna earlier this year – but talking to him, he’s such a nice guy and so talented and of course his song Knitting Something Nice proves just how cool he really is.  (Moni, I know how sad you are that you couldn’t be there! You were in my heart all night long.  TO is a long way away…)  Seriously great guy and his band guys were awesome too.  I’m going to knit them all mittens.  I figure I can get 2 pairs done on the flight to New Zealand and holy fuck it just occured to me that I could guerilla knit on the plane ride!!! (I think I’ll stay away from the term “yarnbomb” when planes are involved… yea, good plan.)  But back to Aidan: if you don’t know his music, look it up.  Thanks be to Aidan, Dave, Olivier and Collin (if I remember correctly) for a great night and to all the lovelies that came out to support independant music and a good time.  Um, and if anyone has any good pictures from Monday night, send me some.  All mine suck.  Mostly I blame the absinthe.

knitified* out.





Riot on the Roof – new bomb coming soon!

25 08 2010

Hello loves,

Riot on the Roof at the Vernon Public Art Gallery is on Saturday, and even though I won’t be in town, I’ll have a cozy there taking part for me.

Here’s a picture of it in progress.

You can read about the event here.  Small typo in there… apparently they’re expecting me to be YARD bombing.  Hmmm, that sounds more violent than what I normally do.  I’ll stick with the yarn.

I’ll post pictures of it installed as soon as I’ve got it in place.  Also, if anyone is at the Riot, (Saturday at 8:00 pm) I’d LOVE a picture of my piece at the event with people around and everything… hint hint.  Like I said, I can’t be there.  (boo!)   Any kind people can email pics to:

knitifed (at) yahoo (dot) ca

More coming soon.





Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

13 08 2010

So Atlantis waterslides has put a lot of work into updating their advertising, that god awful billboard, and has been busy putting up posters all over town.  I think they must be under new ownership or something.  I was at the fruit stand and couldn’t help but notice the gigantic “Indian” chief (I suppose) head at the bottom of their drive.  (I use here the term “Indian” ironically, with reference to an archaic and often offensive pattern of thought, whereby it’s okay to appropriate cultures to make a buck but that’s semantics and something else.  For an excellent podcast on the semantics subject, see CBC’s Revision Quest, Episode June 29, 2009, Labels.)

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

a) this is just missing a motion-sensor activated speaker that says “HOW!” to max out on the tacky scale.

b) this needs to be yarn bombed.

c) shouldn’t that be Poseidon’s head?

d) all of the above.

What are your thoughts?





Unofficial Go-Ahead? Maybe…

28 07 2010

Hello loves,

Here’s an overdue update… I dedicate it to Monica because without her, there would be no knitted tree penis.

I know it’s been a while.  But, to make up for the delay, I’ve got a few things to make this update worth the wait.

First, here’s me!  http://www.castanet.net/events/details/14508.  Cool, hey?

In guerrilla knitting news, here’s a picture of one little knitification that I did last night.  It’s just a little post cozy, but it’s red and so it deserves attention.  I don’t know what else to say on that but that it’s red.

So here’s something fun.  Last night at stitch n bitch, we, us ladies, were all happily stitching away on our various projects, enjoying our fancywork and bitching about all manner of interesting topics (did you know there’s a place in Kentucky called Penile? Yes there is.)  So as we were sitting there on the bench, on the group W bench, a lady came over and said to us “Hey guys, I really love the guerrilla knitting!  Keep it up!  I’m with the Community Policing Unit and we all just love it!  And so do the bylaw officers!  We just all get a hoot out of it…  The only one we really *had* to take down was the penis one, and mostly just because we got some complaints, but I think it was because the grandpa who complained was jealous…”  We were laughing and I felt justified, and I’m pretty sure she was right about the grandpa being jealous because that tree is pretty well hung.  Ironically, when they took the pink penis cozy down, they left the tree’s woody, so it’s still pretty explicit – it just doesn’t have woollen balls anymore.  Beyond that, it has green lichen growing out of the tip, so that’s just vile.  Okaaaaay.

Big news: knitified* is going to New Zealand!  I don’t know much about NZ, but I’m researching.  So far, I know that New Zealand has sheep and sheep have wool and wool means yarn and yarn means KNITTING!  So I’m looking forward to a knitting holiday.  I want to tour sheep farms and stuff.  Maybe they have sheep shearing for tourists.

Also, since I’ll be away from my own knit knit BOOOM! stitch n bitch for 5 whole weeks (how will I live without it?) (Oh, I know, I’ll be in New Zealand), I’m going to have to crash some stitchery sessions on the other side of the planet and see if I can’t find some ladies with which to create knit graffiti.

knitified* out.





From knitified* with love…

2 07 2010

Hello loves,

This is a late update, I know.  I got back from Castlegar fully 5 days ago.  So all apologies for my tardiness.  Please accept this entry with all of its pictures.  Before I get into last weekend, let me drop in a pic from the Vernon Morning Star.  Hey look!  There’s me!!!  Clearly, the arts editor in Vernon knows what’s cool.

On to last weekend… I drove down from Vermin on 6 through Coldsore, Lumpy, Cherrypit to New Denver then headed south through the Slocan Valley.  Know what I love most about Hwy 6? The highway sixyness of it. Gorgeous drive.  Phenomenally beautiful. Curves that don’t quit. 

Castlegar was lovely, though I didn’t spend much time there.  And I didn’t actually even get to yarnbomb in city limits.  I really only got to spend about an hour in the park by the river with takeout from the local Indian restaurant (can’t recall the name) which was okay (6/10) and had overwhelmingly huge portions.  Anyway, pretty park.  There was a wedding on the other side of the river and I could hear everything that was going on and that was fun.  But this was all in the early evening, so everything was closed and so there wasn’t much bumming around to be done.   The closest I got was the rest area that overlooks Ootischenia and Castlegar on the Crowsnest Hwy 3.  I think it turned out well.  I like how the cable knit looks when it’s stretched over the metal pole.  There were some Dutch tourists in an RV who were watching me put this one up and though I couldn’t understand much of what was being said between them, I did catch a bit and I think they were confused by the whole process.

In Nelson, which is ever so lovely this time of year and crawling with people, of all the knits I had at my disposal, only one of them fit anything.  As a result, Nelson just got this little purple one.  It’s not down town, but in the park near the big orange bridge.  It always surprises me how big and orange that bridge really is.  The park was really busy and the day was warm and I bummed around town for about 4 hours before I went for a scenic drive through Ymir, Salmo and back to Castlegar. 

On Sunday I drove back home on 31 to Kaslo which stole my heart and my breath as it does everytime I visit.  Even on a Sunday with everything closed, Kaslo was super busy and I was starving so I didn’t stay long.  I didn’t get to knitify anything, but next time for sure.  When I left town on 31A, I had half a mind to head north to Shutty Bench (just for shits and giggles) but I didn’t.  Instead, I drove up the hill out of town and about half way to Retallack (which is about half way between New Denver and Kaslo – it’s where those old school house looking buildings are) I found a pullout with a metal post beggin’ to be cozied.  So I did.  Passing traffic was minimal, but those that did pass gave me all sorts of weird looks as they rubbernecked their ways past me.  Squares. 

My last stop was in New Denver which is a super cute place and I had lunch at the only place in town that was open, the Panini (which has good food by I hate going there because it’s one of those places that has a huge list of rules that don’t come off as cutesy but a bit dictator-like and which I find stupid and also because everytime i go in there, the woman that runs the place is being a horrible boss to the young people she has working for her).  So I took my food to go and went to sit on the beach.  There I found a walking stick.  So I knitified it and planted it in the water.  That’s Slocan lake and the Valhalla park mountains in the distance. 

From New Denver I booked it home and had a rather traumatising experience involving my car and a robin.  I stopped, cried a bit and then the rain started and, in the deluge that followed, washed everything away.  Which is good because it was very messy and without getting into detail there is no way I would’ve had enough washer fluid.  I’ve never killed an animal in my car before and I now know it’s a very violent and graphic way for a little birdy to die.  I’m sorry little robin. 

Lastly, tomorrow morning I’m heading out to Banff to go see Hawksley Workman with my ladies B and Meemats.  I promise I’ll behave.  He’s just the hottest man on the planet.  Oh dear god.

knitified* out.








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