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Archive for November, 2013

Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam

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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CWA Knitted Knocker

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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red knit poppies

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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