Happy 4th Of July!

Better late than never 🙂

SEP Cover 1931, The Original Swift, Knitting, Crochet, Spinning

Although my branch came to Canada as Loyalists during the American Revolution, many Tuppers chose to stay and odds are very good, we be cousins!

I’ve been working away on my  Tour de France KAL shawl, my friend Natalie’s lovely Gavrinis and loving it. I expect I should have Chart D finished this evening.

How I Spent The Month of May

It’s been my honour and happiness to welcome the very talented painter, Ben Prewitt to my hometown and to have the opportunity to be a part of his creative process from concept to framing. You can find Ben’s work here: Expressions Of My Life.

There HAS been knitting. I’ll post something soon 😉

Aside

If any of you are in my “neighbourhood” today, and looking for something fun to do, swing by the Atomic Lollipop convention at 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, Ontario; the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and with additional programming at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel.

My “Comrades in Arts”, Michelle of Stellar Forms and Cady of Dark Sunlight (see Art for Art’s Sake post:) are sharing their work there. Two very talented artists and they’ll have a range of items and media to see.

Here’s the event link: http://www.atomiclollipop.com

It’s on from August 2nd to the 4th and all details are on the site and promises to be an artistic and entertaining weekend!

Happy 4th Of July Weekend

The Knitting Machine, 2005, acrylic felt knitted with excavators and aluminum utility poles

Gotta love 'Murrica - go big or go home!

Gotta love ‘Murrica – go big or go home!

Why yes I can say that! Although my branch came to Canada as Loyalists, during the American Revolution, some chose to stay. The Beau’s family has deep roots in Canada, so he puts up with my teasing :).

Ah yes, the knitting.

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I’ve been working away on my  Tour de France KAL shawl, Natalie’s lovely Pere Lachaise and loving it. I expect I should have Chart D finished this evening.

And I leave you with a bird’s eye view of the really big “shew”.

See? Real men knit. They just like to use really BIG tools!

See? Real men knit. They just like to use really BIG tools!

Have a wonderful weekend!

What Would Frida Knit?

I love Frida Kahlo. Her art, her philosophy, her attitude, her personal aesthetic. I know I’m not alone in my admiration. I had recently seen this lovely photograph of her:

Frida Kahlo, 1929, Photo by Guillermo Davila

Frida!

When, a few short hours later, I saw this pattern arrive in my inbox, I thought of Frida immediately. I had not considered making knitted or crochet jewellery before seeing this but the colour, shape and visual impact of these pieces is so in keeping with Kahlo-style, I may not be able to resist. The design potential is limitless; brilliant colours that echo Frida’s work, beading or silk flowers such as she wore could also be used for embellishment.

The Art of Frida Kahlo is a Ribbon Around a Bomb - original painting by Windy Springs Art

The Art of Frida Kahlo is a Ribbon Around a Bomb – original painting by Windy Springs Art

The original design echoes Celtic-work knots and would look great in earth toned shades of a luxury yarn. Here is the more classic, tailored version as shown on Susan’s website:

Nelkin Soutache Set

This looks to be a great stashbusting project if, like me you have a lot of silk or exotic blend leftovers or, as it was advertised, a kit with beads. And so, though I don’t know for sure what or even if, Frida Kahlo would knit… I would be remiss if I didn’t add that she did paint this well known portrait of a knitter.

Dona Rosita Morillo

Dona Rosita Morillo