Japanese artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam makes large handmade fibre artworks. They are complex enough that an individual installation can take up to a year to prepare. The story goes that Toshiko collaborated with another artist on a three dimensional artwork that was visited by friends with children, who climbed into the work to play on them! When she saw the kids playing she saw new potential in the work and began to experiment with more durable fibres to create actual playground environments.
Toshiko’s most famous project is the Woods of Net pavilion at the Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan. The works are made with nylon using a mixture of techniques including knitting, crochet and braiding. You can read an interview with Toshiko here where she explains what she has learned about how children play as well as how she makes these incredible and inspiring playgrounds.
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Knitted Knockers is a charitable organisation in America started as a short term project by a blogger working for a yarn company. The Knitted Knockers are handmade, comfortable prosthetic breasts for mastectomy patients. It was so successful that a website was established just for Knitted Knockers and other groups have joined in. Knitted Knockers has a Ravelry group and there is a Facebook page that has updates on the project. Recently the Burwood branch of the CWA started to make and distribute their own Knockers for the many Australian women who have had a mastectomy and cannot or don’t want to use silicone implants. The Knockers are made with cotton yarn and are light and soft.
At the Guild’s November Sit and Knit Julia from the Country Women’s Association (CWA), Knitted Knockers Australia visited and let us know about their Knitted Knockers project. If you would like to help by knitting a Knocker you can get a pattern and details from the Knitted Knockers website or contact Julia through the Burwood CWA if you are in Australia. Julia can send you a pattern with specifications and yarn suggestions for Australian users.
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You may recall in a previous post we mentioned the 5000 Poppies project? Well, Lynn Berry visited the Guild at the November Sit and Knit and updated members on its progress. Lynn brought the poppies pictured with her to demonstrate the variety of poppies that she has received.
Lynn and her collaborators are assembling 5000 knit or crochet red poppies to commemorate the Anzac Centenary. The 5000 poppies will be ‘planted’ in Federation Square in 2015 during the Anzac commemoration but other activities are planned along the way.
Since there has been a huge response to their call for poppies the organisers will be displaying as many of the poppies they have already received (4000 to date) as they can, at Federation Square in Melbourne on November 11. They will also be there to host a Poppy Playtime from 12 midday to 2 pm while the display is up. So why not join them for poppy making and a chat.
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Join us for the last members Sit and Knit for 2013 at Ross House on this Sunday 3rd November from 2pm-5pm. Ross House is next to the City Library in Flinders Lane. New members are always welcome, just bring some knitting. This months skill sharing will be with Suzanne who will demonstrate some grafting techniques. The Guild library will be open and the Creative Knitting competition for original designs will be judged.
The six lovely bears pictured were finalists in last months Best Knitted Bear and Best Dressed Bear competition. The winning bear is third from the left and Best Dressed is second from the right but they all were beautifully knitted and had lots of personality.
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You may have noticed that the Guild’s monthly newsletter Knitters Knews is no longer available on our blog as a download. We have developed it as an email bulletin that is sent to current members of the Hand Knitters Guild, Victoria. Our first e-bulletin contained Guild news, updates about what is new in our library, links to websites and blogs about knitting, news from yarn suppliers and some of the finished knitted items that members bring to Guild meetings.
If you would like to receive the Knitters Knews e-bulletin why not join the Guild? The Guild’s annual fee is just $25. Go to our membership page for a membership form to download and more information about the Guild’s member benefits or email us if you have a query.
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In an earlier post we mentioned that the Guild would have a stall at the Black Sheep & Woolcraft day in Cranbourne, and we did. The event was a little smaller than previous years but there was still plenty to tempt knitters with yarn, tops and fleece and demonstrations of spinning, weaving, felting and dying.
This was the kind of grassroots sheep show that is about supporting wool growers and raising awareness of the variety of breeds. On the craft front, there were clothing and gifts to admire and purchase and a fashion parade of clothing and accessories that had been knitted by stall holders, including some items made by Guild members. There were several baskets of goods that were raffled and excellent odds for winning something just with your entry ticket.
And, there were some very handsome sheep.
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In an earlier post we flagged The Royal Melbourne Show as a place where knitting was going to happen, and it sure did.
Yarn Corner created this knitted car and caravan and several rooms including this dining area. Knitters were able to sit and work their needles in a cosy spot in the craft pavilion.
There was break-out knitting around the rest of the show grounds with tree cosies like this one.
In the same pavilion Tetley held their tea cosy swap and it looks like they had some great and plentiful entries. We know that one of them was from Dayle, a member of the Guild, who contributed two cosies.
There is a list of the winning entries in all categories at The Royal Melbourne Show on their website.
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