Monthly Archives: December 2012

Project Update #2: Return to the City


Kitty cat covered in yarn
Welcome back!
Hope that everyone had a nice little holiday break.
As Bissell Bomber members slowly make their way back to Toronto for
another round of Museum Studies master classes, a few of us (and a kitty)
set to work on phase two of the project.

Confused about this green garland our unofficial mascot is sporting?
This is the beginning of our creepy, crawly vine and where some of your
beautiful flowers will be dangling from.

We’ve already gotten some pretty amazing donations and over the weeks
we’ll be posting about some of the terrific people and groups who are helping us out.

If you’d like to know more about how you can lend a hand, check out our
poster call out or send us a message.

At the moment we’re looking for any kind of scrap yarn you were
planning on tossing out, granny hexagons, and/or flowers.

We’re pretty flexible about colours and patterns because we know people are
working at all sorts of skill levels and you might not have specific colours at home.
But to give you an idea of what we’re hoping to see more of, I’ve found some
online samples to get your creative juices flowin’.

Flower blossoms Crochet  granny hexagon

     Good luck and have fun!


Project Update #1: Museums Unite!


CASTOFF Curator has posted the call out at the Canmore Museum

Hey everyone! I know that the holidays are a busy time for everyone, but I figure that the very least I
could do was give you all an update about some of the AMAZING work we’ve seen thus far in our mini project.

This week, we reached out to a few knitting groups and crafty communities seeking
out supplies and samples. Our very own CASToff Curator, who some of you may remember
left Toronto for the magical mountains of  Alberta didn’t let a little thing like 3,502.0 km
stop her from contributing. As an original member of the Bissell Bombers AND MMst grad,
she summoned up some museum power and did a little cross-country promoting.

For those who plan on taking a trip to the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre be sure to
keep your eyes peeled for our poster, and say “hi” CASToff – if you can figure out which one she is 😉

Calling All Crocheters!


BIG NEWS GUYS! All the secret little meetings I’ve been running to, and all the teasers I’ve
been putting out into the inter webz have come to an end. I finally get to do the big reveal.
And it is pretty friggin’ big.
Or should I say tall??

For those of you who don’t recognize these hyper stylized stairs, these are what
visitors use when they’re leaving the Walker Court and heading to the Thompson collection

Yeah, that AGO.
*insert squeals of joy

The back story for this crazy project goes like this.
For the past few months the AGO has been hosting a series of wildly successful adult nights called
1st Thursdays which happen as one might suspect on the first Thursday of every month.
In preparation for February’s event, the Bissell Bombers were contacted by a few OCAD
students who have been curatorially collaborating with street artist to bring their projects indoors.

*insert squeals of joy

This is a FANTASTIC honour and the offer blew the Bissell Bomber minds.
And we’re determined not to disappoint!

With that sentiment in mind, we sheepishly approach you all for a wee bit of help.

They say that the camera adds 10 pounds. Well in this case it might be more like 100 pounds.
These stairs seem to get bigger every time I look up at them, especially when I have to stand at the very opposite end of the court in order to capture it with my little instagraming phone. And while our small group of knitters are very speedy, we’re hoping that fellow knitters might feel
inspired by some festive holiday feelings and donate a few castaways for a cause.

And donations will not go unrecognised!

To show our appreciation for all the hard work random people are putting into
making our big ideas come to fruition, we’ve set up a little rewards system.

1 granny hexagon = your name/knit pseudonym on our blog
10 & above granny h’s = name on blog + tag on your piece in the show
amazing amounts of granny h’s = all of the above AND we will live tweet a photo of your piece during the night of the event surrounded by all your loving and adoring fans


And because we all know how super talented you are, we’re not going to
do something silly like restrict that creative genius with colour combos or style guides.
Once we’ve collected all the contributions we’re going to start stitching them together
and cover those stairs (and possibly some smaller  surprise locations as well).

So let us know what you think!
If you’re interested in contributing drop us a line through our Contact Us page
and if you’ve  got any unanswered questions, take a peek at our official Bissell Call Out (which you’re

free to distribute at your Stitch n’ Bitch sessions *wink  wink).

So excited to see this!!!

call out caption

Stay Calm and Knit On



Oh boy… I don’t think I need to remind anyone about how CRAZY the past semester has
been but guess what? It’s alllll ova!

Unless you’re a second year in which case,

Ah hem.

Still stressed?
Well in an attempt to make you all feel a little bit better about your lives I’ve
attached a wonderful Instagram photo documenting my attempts to create…
blue snow flakes?
a rain drop?
a car nut???

Yeah… in some awesome funtimes news I was recently asked to contribute to TWO
artsy projects (more on that later) and I started playing around with some patterns.
Due either to the excitement of trying new things, or my deliriously under-slept brain
I somehow managed to forget how to use my hands and count properly (shout out
to CASToff Curator who reminded me that 24 can be divided by 8).

That being said, I am really looking forward to visiting family in the coming weeks
so I can recoop, learn me some numbers, and knit some recognizable things.

Hope you’re all takin’ care of yourselves!