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Let me count the ways…

Actually, no, let’s not do that. It would take too long!

But I’m currently side-lining other work while clacking away with my knitting needles. Why? Oh, just another artistic pursuit. Our annual Arts Festival ย kicks off next month and someone had the bright idea of “tagging” various local sites with knitting. Would I like to be “in” this venture, known as guerilla knitting?

This is what some of us have knitted so far…I expect by the time this show really gets going I’ll have more to show you. In the meantime, I have a few pictures on Flickr (see, to the right.) and Corinne, in Yellow Springs, OH, USA has some funky posts about it. And a new one here.

I was “in Brooklyn” earlier today, catching up on posts at one of my favourite blogs. Marie, of 66 Square feet has a post about something that appeals very much to me.

I am uneasy with the more conventional idea of “charity” and always prefer the idea of assistance rather than, as is so often the case, a hotch-potch of tatty old clothing. So her post about the Bicycle Portraits really caught my attention.

At first, I thought the “meet-the-target” proviso was a little harsh, but then I realised that it’s probably a far more realistic approach than the usual pledge appeals. Here’s a link to the Portraits site and what you do is up to you. Of course. But if you do want to help, please scoot over there now and make your pledge as time is running out.

Oops! I’ve just remembered that our electricity company sent a note to say they’d be switching off power today, to do some “emergency maintenance.” I’m not quite sure how they can plan, a week ahead, for an emergency, but I’d better post this now as the little man will be climbing up the pole in about 10 minutes…off to see how much knitting Geiger has “finished.”


Author: dinahmow

A New Zealander, currently living in tropical Queensland,Australia (with 2 cats and one Main Man).Old enough to remember George VI, white tennis balls and life-before-television.You want more? Read the blog!

16 thoughts on “HOW DO I WASTE TIME?

  1. love the guerilla knitting!

    keep the knitting needles going – I look forward to hearing about the responses of the arts festival folk


  2. ronnie…thankyou and, yes, some of it is really beautiful. Far too good to wrap around a tree!;-)


  3. me too!! (loving the guerilla knitting)




  4. iltv…well I knew you would like this! How can a Kaffe Fasset fan not like it? (My hope is that someone, somewhere will see that this is “magic yarn.”)


  5. In my current post I mentioned the inexplicable counteractive effect of Mozart on guerilla actions. I wonder what would happen in your case? Would it curb your your hit-and-run crochet instincts? Would you be driven to guerilla patchwork instead?


  6. I wish I’d kept up my knitting skills. I used to knit squares so that I could try out lots of different stitches. I’ve forgotten it all now, but I think I liked moss stitch and I was very proud of my cable stitch. I never managed to make anything properly though, like a jumper… or even a scarf! Perhaps I should try again as it is very relaxing.


  7. whee! thanks for the shout out ๐Ÿ™‚ You can actually see more about the knit graffiti on our jafagirl blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    “Would I like to be โ€œinโ€ this venture, known as guerilla knitting?”

    YES, yes, yes, it’s fun. It’s just wonderful seeing people smile when they see it, or stop and chat when doing it.
    Have fun ๐Ÿ™‚
    cheers Corrine aka jafabrit in Yellow Springs, Ohio


  8. Christopher…I’ve just been to your blog!
    And I’d be delighted if our civic fathers played Mozart for me.Sadly, I’d be more likely to get some country and western dirge!

    Scarlet…start with something very simple, like a string vest.It would go well with those jeans! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  9. jafa (Corinne/Spuggy)
    Ee! I had to laugh – my moderator asked if I knew “Spuggy.” LOL and ๐Ÿ™‚
    Yes, I think most of the knitters are having fun and some are very creative.I’m keeping mine simple, like me. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  10. dinahmow, I have so many names I am forgetting who I am LOL.
    cheers Corrine also known as spuggy or jafabrit or or or


  11. Just the words “guerilla knitting” makes me smile. Off to see the Portraits link…


  12. jafa/spug/corinne/Geordielass…I have to stop and think sometimes which hat I’m wearing!(And in case others wonder, a spug is what they call a sparrow in Newscastle.)

    andrea…well, it’s more friendly than “real” guerilla action.


  13. Love your knitting. Makes me feel like digging out the needles at once. Very infectious activity.


  14. Carol…yes, it’s rather therapeutic. And ,for this, the odd mis-stitched doesn’t show(or matter) on a tree!


  15. I did knitting when I was immobile – I made scarfs!


  16. Linda…we need to see proof, please!


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