First Signs of Spring – Feb 27

First Signs of Spring – Feb 27.

I’ve re blogged this post,beautiful photo & uplifting words,just what I needed after a very difficult day

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lacy scarf, chest infection & moving house

So i’m getting a bit of knitting done as i’m spending more than usual time at home due to chest infection.

I’m moving house soon so am surrounded by boxes , it’s a case of knit a few pattern repeats , pack a box , knit , suddenly remember another bit of sorting/recycling/cleaning/organising etc that needs doing , see to that, knit, knit

i will post photos of the lacy scarf & the pleased recipient as soon as i’ve finished….about 6 more weeks at this rate….

it is being made in a beautiful smoky grey with pale lilac flecks , in Frog Tree organic Alpaca,colour 906.

The pattern came from a magazine that i was given ( Katina Killey, knit today,Jan 2011 )

It is

Cast on 24 stitches

ROW 1

K1,yf,k2tog,repeat until last st , K1

ROW 2

Purl

ROW 3

k2,yf,k2tog to end of row

ROW 4

Purl

 

 

Reflections of a year in knitting

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Photos taken with my mobile the night the exhibition went up .they are reflecting me taking photos whilst reflecting on the year & the exhibition !
I’ve been unable to get back to take photos  since it went up due to a nasty cold & chest infection & now the snow & ice are here !
I have to go out today & I’m not keen on the icy conditions, much rather stay in and knit …. on the needles at the moment a 4row pattern repeat lacy scarf for my daughter.

The exhibition is up

Yesterday afternoon a friend helped me to put up the knitayear exhibition.With the assistance of the Slate volunteers it is looking fab !

The exhibition is in the windows of the council & next to the library in Leytonstone, East London .

http://www.slate-arts.com

The windows have boards which slot into place, so each board has to be placed individually.I had a rough idea & had practised laying it all out on my living room floor but i didn’t know if the boards would hold the weight of the journals so we had an experiment on the day.I’m pleased to report that the use of fishing line, knots & banging in of nails they are up & looking great !

The exhibition has the year of knitting pinned up, the journals, photos ,,extract from the blog, balls of upcycled yarn & knitting needles hanging.

In the final  window are an excellent poster designed by Veronica Lindsay-Addy.which is promoting the carers group we are launching in 2 weeks !

I’m going back today to take photos so will post them later.

now to get the shopping & domestic chores out the way & then relax………………

Pins & printers

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All of the knitted piece is neatly pinned onto the material,ends have been trimmed so it doesn’t tangle up & its looking good ready to hang.
My printer isn’t giving the quality images  I want  despite photo ink & paper…….so I’m going to have a last try then go to a print shop.
Tonight I’m going to see an exhibition at The Hub,it is Chinese calligraphy & then a chance to have a go in a mini workshop.

How to fit a year of knitting onto 70cms of fabric

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Spent some considerable time arranging,re arranging & generally playing about with the knitayear today ( backache in the process ) .I have pinned most if it in place now.
Tomorrow is a new day & I shall approach the pinning with a smile & definitely work on it at a table to spare my back

Getting closer to exhibition…

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Today I’ve been measuring fabric ready to hang knitayear.I have a plan to attach the knitted piece in a way that shows a years journey,so taking inspiration from the London Underground maps I will attach & see how it looks.quite apt as I cast on the year standing on the platform at Mile End station .
Each time I get the piece out of its storage bag I’m again suprised by the bright colours & textures & it gets me everytime

A day of mixed media & fabric

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Today I’ve braved the bitter cold wind & been to Walthamstow.I spent a lovely 2hours at a mixed media art course being run at The Mill, a community space & library.
Followed by a poke about the charity shops & the purchasing of 2metres of an unbleached cotton fabric to sew the knitayear piece onto ready to exhibit at Slate.so right now my front room is like a yarn workshop … must leave room to sit on sofa ..

Quest for material begins

I am on a quest for a piece of material to display the knitayear piece on.

To hang the piece at Slate i need to attach the piece to some material in order to drape it over the  boards, which are quite tricky to move & slot into space as the venue is using the windows from the council’s former advice centre.

To attach & drape is the( relatively ) easy part……choosing the type of material is quite another matter altogether.Walthamstow market…here i come

Preparing for Slate Exhibition

So it’s the new year & what a busy start !

I’m preparing to exhibit at Slate in Leytonstone ( link in my links section ).I had another good look at the space today & my final layout is sorted.

Now to choose which nice photos from the year i want to get printed ready to exhibit.

The whole year of knitting will be displayed over 3 big boards with a start sign & finish sign, or more accurately a cast on & cast off sign for those knitting people out there.

I’m excited & less nervous about it all now that the idea for the display is sorted in my mind.

The countdown begins…….26 days to go ………..