spotted by the entrance to Madison Wool, in Madison , Connecticut.
What a joy! Here's the yarn bombing at the Arkansas Literary Festival as part of the our book's inclusion, earlier this month. So many photos I want to share that I'm embedding a slideshow. I was so honored to be a guest author! Details of my adventures, and how we planned the yarnbombing, blogged here . Enjoy!
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The Arkansas Literary Festival embraces Craft Activism this weekend, April 14th. You can join Gale for a slideshow at 11 am. Or be a craft activist yourself by yarnbombing at noon. Bring knitted/crocheted swatches to attach or just get your craft on with us . We'll be making flowers from recycled sweaters and afghans. See you?
Last month, after wrapping up in Los Angeles, I headed north to join Joan at her home in paradise. I mean, Santa Barbara. Same thing, really.
Joan met me for the end of a class at Loop & Leaf, lending a hand with a backdrop on a borrowed porch, followed by a Craft Activism booksigning. Thanks for having us, Celeste!
The next day, we traveled a bit south to Carpinteria, for a booksigning at Roxanne's, a quilting, crafting, knitting and all around colorful shop. I know I shot photos of this sprawling store with overall views of the many, many bolts of fabric, quilts on display, ginormous mosaic counter, yarn rooms, tempting projects everywhere, and all the color----but I cant find them. (for you Kaffe fans, they have all of his fabric. Let that sink in for a minute. ALL.) At least I have some details to share. Super lovely people, and so inspiring. Thanks for having us!
The day ended with some tourist-like behaviour, and a rare joint portrait (courtesy of a kid I grabbed on the wharf who did a nice job with my new phone).
What d'you think? New author photo? If so , then we're calling this 'Co-authors in Search of a New Book Project". Suggestions for topics, anyone? --posted by Gale 4/9/12
That's what Corrine, of the JafaGirls said in a FB post to me earlier this week. Chuffed as mintballs! Here's Corrine, on the right, with Nancy and Mr Plato for the book in Yellow Springs OH.
Corrine's from a region of the UK that produces fabulous artists and colorful phrases. Here's a list of what's leaving me chuffed as mintballs:
• both Library Journal and Amazon chose Craft Activism for their Best Books of 2011 lists. Cool beans!
• a visit to the radio station in Northampton MA as a guest on ReadySetKnit with Kathy & Steve Elkins from Webs. Joan joined us by call in. I love a real radio station. You can hear the episode, here. Fun fact: when Steve talks about a yarn, he actually brings it to the recording studio and puts the skeins out in front of them to discuss. I don't know why but I love that.
• Joan made a granny square scarf. She didn't crochet much until we were getting ready to do some book appearances ..and..well..you know what happens. Those granny squares are ridiculously addictive. Love her scarf, based on the Granny Greenbags squares.
• Last Sunday with Ann Weaver was a very good time. We chatted, we sold books, we chatted, I sold a large framed photo (super chuffed over that one), we chatted, we analyzed the colors in the knit kits she put together for her Albers cowls using Karida's yarns (you can still get them from Ann and at the shop ) Detailed review of the day here.
So..what's chuffing your mintballs? And why does that sound slightly dirty?
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When indie knitwear designer Ann Weaver said she'd model her Lounge Act cardigan for the book, we decided to shoot outside an alt music venue, in keeping with her inspiration*. We hit Central Square in Cambrdge MA, for its murals and music act flyers plastered all over.
Not to mention the unpredictable. In this case, a beer soaked, shirtless Southie sure he was getting his break into modeling. **
Ann is am amazing talent: she's got tons of ideas and energy, two collections of knitwear designs in self-published books, mad knitting skills and a fabulous sense of color. You should meet her. OH WAIT! If you are anywhere near Connecticut this weekend you can, she and I will be at The Griswold Inn , in charming Essex CT for a special weekend event celebrating handmade in America. On Sunday Dec 11th we'll have our own showroom, with our books (I'll have both Craft Activism and the now out of print Shear Spirit), trunk shows, yarn, some framed photos of woolly creatures. Come sit, knit, chat & shop a little too.
I'll do a small talk about Craft Activism at noon and 3, but mostly its a casual gathering, so stop by, bring your knitting. And bring your cameras! Essex is uber-photogenic, especially this time of year.
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* Ann designed this cardigan with her memory of seeing the Kurt Cobain video for Smells Like Teen Spirit in mind. In the book, we have this fitted version for women and a mens version, in dark green, for men.
**Yes, he signed a model release. No, we didn't use the photo in the book. Yes, we love it.
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Take my idea, please: you input what crafting materials you feel like working with (or have on hand). Then you choose a difficulty level , the amount of time you want it to take to completion, and the approximate size or function of the kind of thing you want to make. The app gives you a list of possible projects, with links to tutorials or examples online or patterns/instructions you can download/purchase. Why not? There're apps that do this for cooking & recipes, right?
That's all I'm saying.
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If you aren't already a major Kristin Nicholas fan like I am, then one glance at this photo, of her yarnbombed sunflower field, should do it: photo by Kristin Nicholas
Head straight over to her blog and look at some of the other photos from this bit of whimsy. While you're there, enter to win a copy of Craft Activism. (which you can see, from that link, is on Amazon's list of Best Books of 2011. Seriously!)
One of the huge perks of having the book come out has been meeting people I admire while we promote it. I had the best time yapping away with Kristin and her daughter Julia at Webs in Northampton MA. She makes me want to try all kinds of colorful combinations of knitting, stitching andrejoicing in the juiciness of textiles. Go look at these patterns and tell me you don't feel the same way?
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New York City was a whirlwind for me, but what a great reception Gale and I got at Lion Brand Yarn Studio on Monday night.The yarn bombed door handles of the storefront entrance. Perfect for a Craft Activism event.
(Lion Brand's Patty Lyons introduced us wearing the Tongue-in-Chic skirt and the Lounge Act cardigan.) Our Seattle-based tech editor, Dorothy Orzel, was there, along with the PotterCraft crew. Nice, too, to know that Ruth Marshall's work will be featured there in November.
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There's still room for our appearance tonight Thurs Oct 27th at the American Folk Art Museum for Make It Thursdays. Tickets here. Slide talk about Craft Activism, booksigning, wine and a recycled plastic craft project included.
And, sadly, tonight's the last in our Event-a-Palooza while Joan is on the east coast. I'll post about all of them one at a time. Each different, each fun, hate for the week to end.
We'll leave you with this, our WTNH appearance on the CT Style TV show. (Again, full blog post to come).
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In compiling ideas for the book, we kept bumping up against "the New Domesticity." It leaves us twitchy. But what we do feel at home with is the idea of crafters teaching, sharing inspiration, passing on skills, using them in ways you choose to enhance your life, and feeling more powerful because you CAN [insert word here: sew, stitch, repair, weld, invent, reverse engineer]. Catherine Clark and Katie Metzger and their shop, Brooklyn General embody this appproach. So is there any place more pefect to have a booksigning & crafting party, and trunk show? We think not!
When the idea came up for a crafting party, we couldn't decide which project from the book would be best. Sewing the Bella Brooklyn housedress (designed by Catherine & Katie) would be fabulous but too ambitious for a three-hour gathering. Maybe a granny square clinic would be fun? Then Catherine, who has sculpted window displays and more from old sweaters, got inspired by a photo in the book of animal heads by Crispina ffrench, profiled in our Crafting to Recycle, Renew & Reuse section. She thought they'd make great pin cushions, which would tie into the sewing that goes on around her shop. And just like that, she sent us a protoype for the party: Owly, above. Squishy heads in Crispina ffrench's studio in Pittsfield, MA.
If you can't make it Sunday, check out our right sidebar for upcoming events. Joan's heading East and we are ready to rolllll!
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