Saturday, June 11, 2011

International Yarn Bombing Day .. and .. Knit in Public Day ... click clack!

Arrived at Federation Square {Melb} today to fine the place abuzz with knitters of all kinds, kids, grannies, Husbands and Wives ... everyone was knitting!  Particularly pleased to see that there was a couch set up for knitters right in front of my yarn bombing installation, yippee!
Today was International Yarn Bombing Day, and there was lots to see -- it is also International Knit in Public Day, and there were seats, beanbags, couches and even deckchairs everywhere for knitters to get on with their knitting.

Australian Country Spinners (Patons) and Spotlight Stores have joined forces to assist the Save The Children Fund, by getting the public interested in knitting squares for blankets to send to children who need our warmth. ONLY pure wool is used in the knitting of these squares, which will be sent to children in India, Cambodia and Laos.  Last Year Save the Children received 153,438 knitted squares.
They were handing out starter kits at Fed.Square today, or you can pop into Spotlight and buy a kit for $10
If you'd like more details of the Funds current campaign check out their website

My grand daughter LJ and I knitted squares last year, and now I've started some for this year's campaign.  Individual pure wool squares 20x20cm are what is needed, and if possible stitched up into 80x80 {16 squares} blankets.

So lots of blankets to make and more yarnbombing to do.... here are some glimpses of the guys and gals knitting in Melbourne.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Mission Accomplished .. .. ..

I arrived at Federation Square [Melbourne] today at 1.30pm to find this HUGE installation, and 'Bali' from over at Twilight Taggers hard at work sewing her, and other knitted and crocheted pieces to the railings.
She quickly found me a spot and I set about attaching all my knitted pieces.. ..

now the workmen were all still there, with their boxes, ladders, cords, drills, lightfittings, mess..... but I think the finished installation will look amazing.
apart from the great Yarn Bombing pieces, knitted and crocheted, there will also be yards and yards of fabric, bunting and all sorts added during the day today, and tomorrow.  The whole thing will be there for all of JUNE.
I saw a few of the contributions from overseas sent to Bali too, including a super cute one from U.S.A.
If you are in Melbourne during JUNE, please drop in for a look. All of my pieces have my 'tag' on them, and apparently, the organizers are happy for ANYONE to add a piece at any time during June, especially on June 11th, which is  International Yarn Bomb Day.