Obvious statement of the day: Toronto has had some weird weather the past few days.
-22, snow, rain, fog?!, +14, snow… MAKE UP YOUR MIND!!!
Suddenly our call out requesting knitted flowers doesn’t seem to strange
anymore does it. That’s right, we saw that quizzical expression you had.
It’s sort of like the one you have on right now. Dun dun DUN!
(Don’t worry, we can’t really see you).
Now our original call out talked about some plane-Jane crochet flowers,
but that original plan has seen some obvious revisions and
as our last few posts have illustrated, we’ve clearly dipped into a
very talented volunteer pool.
Hence another project SHOUTout to Catharine W.
Catharine went that extra mile/took that extra step/gave it 110%
by felting her crochet flowers and for that we salute her.
None of the previous Bissell Bomber projects have used this technique yet
and for the life of me I don’t know why. This stuff is so PRETTY!
I predict seeing a lot more felted stuff in the future…so stay tuned!
I’ve been going through a late “spring cleaning” phase lately and
started uncovering lots of little treasures around my place.
Like copious amounts of Rilakkuma stationary.
A few rings I thought I had lost to nights on the town.
And photos of yarn bombs, naturally.
These come courtesy of our dearly departed CASToff Curator.
Here’s hoping she send me some more stuff from those
majestic Alberta mountains.
And here’s hoping I don’t forget to post about them!
Well, the calender might not agree with me but boo on that because
I hear birds chirping, the sun is out, and too many people are already in crocs.
So to celebrate this fantastically wonderful WARM weather
(and my first spring in Toronto)
I thought I would pay tribute to some of the outdoors bombings
that have happened around the city.
First up, The Textile Museum of Canada!
A) Because the Bissell Bombers are all museum majors
B) Museums are awesome, even more so when they support cool projects
like yarn bombing.
A think tank course at OCAD came up with “Toronto Bound: A Living Atlas”
And not to leave out any knitters, an extension of the project has been Yarnbomb Toronto
Everyone knows about the crazy obnoxious glowing corner called Honest Ed’s.
Rob Elliot even posted a toilet paper cozy version of it!!
Lily Dustbin of Knithacker spotted this in front of Wild Wing on Dundas West.
This might also have been her contribution to the Pom Pom Project
where Natalie Jones has sent 1000 pom pom’s around the world
and asked people to photograph them.
Lakeshore area park bench courtesy 1000 Acts of Art
Spotted by Tino of Urban Repair Squad
qKnit has also been known to “bomb” things around Queen & Ossington and
Baldwin & Beverley, but ever since the G20 she hasn’t been posting… :S
Seeing these cheerful creations has gotten the Bissell girls
motivated to move some of our projects outside our ivory tower.
Be warned Toronto!
The mits are off and we’re comin’ for ya!
Night time knit-ographery
Credit goes to a fellow MMst-er, who brought this to the Bissell Bombers attention.
Behold! A yarn bombed Campbell House!
I wish we could take credit for this, but it seems as though all the recent
spring time weather has awoken fellow yarners from hibernation.
So kudos to the mystery bombers out there.
If you’re out there reading this, I feel we should join forces 🙂
Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia – so unsuspecting…
From the sounds of our East Coast crochet-espondent, this Atlantic town might
soon become known for more than just a couple of wooden boats.
Apparently people here are pretty vigilant when it comes to graffiti though,
so after a few sneaky details are ironed out the great
yarn bomb experiment can commence!
We wish her lots of luck.
And a friendly reminder that student fees don’t leave
much in the way of bail out money 😉
From the ‘Surviving: Voices from Ravensbrück’ 2005 exhibit
“In the chests of drawers titled ‘Sabotage,’ objects include satirical drawings of camp life sketched by prisoners on
scraps of packaging, and a pair of ‘sabotage socks’— forced to knit socks for the German army,
women prisoners devised a way of making the heels extremely uncomfortable.” 1
What the what?!?!
Dear Women of the past,
You were awesome. I am sorry I only learned about this today.
Dear Past Highschool History Teachers,
Another interesting museum nerdy fact:
The Canadian War Museum is hosting a knitting challenge this month.
Not only will the museum teach visitors different knitting techniques, but you
can also add your piece to a collaborative project set up all through March.
The challenge is taking place in conjunction with the special exhibition
New Brunswickers in Wartime, 1914 – 1946
so if you happen to be in Ottawa, you should check it out.
1. Bonnell, Jennifer and Roger I Simon. 2007. ‘“Difficult” exhibitions and intimate encounters’ In Museum and Society 5(2): 65-85
If you couldn’t tell from my previous posts about Asia, I’m pretty much a HUGE fan girl.
I still watch any dramas starring Lee Min Ho, dance around to ridiculously bubbly K & J pop,
and when my stove decides to work again I’m going to make me a nice big bowl of bibimbap.
So when I saw this Japanese singing knit toy duo I knew that I HAD to post it on here.
Watch and be amazed!
So we’re in a good mood right?
Probably tapped our toes a few times?
Maybe want to make our own stop-motion video?
Well if you feel like getting crafty, may I suggest an alternative.
After stumbling upon that video, I also came across a Japanese knit blog post.
What an incredibly charitable idea!
So this German dude Bernd Kestler has been living in Japan since 1998 and when the
Tohuku region was struck by the massive 3/11 earthquake he wanted to use his knitting skills to help out.
He’s asked people to either send finished products (hats, socks, scarves, etc.) or supplies (yarn, needles, etc.)
to both clothe victims and give them something to pass the time while staying in the shelters.
Even though the earthquake happened nearly a year ago, the need for aid is still pretty high
and I’m really happy to hear that today Bernd received another 3 boxes full of supplies.
To everyone who has donated and to the people of Japan, ご幸運を祈ります。