Tuesday Evening Knitting Circle

This past Tuesday I was invited to visit a knitting circle held at the Kennedy and Eglinton branch of the Toronto Public Library.  I was made most welcome by a lovely bunch of ladies of all ages and thoroughly enjoyed myself!  So much so that I’m going to ask my local branch if they would be interested in hosting one!  A few bags of yarn as left for the knitters to turn into hats and scarves for Streetknit (let me know when you run out ladies, I have lots!) and I’m looking forward to my return visit to pick up the completed items and to spend some time knitting in such good company.  A huge thank you to Marie for organizing the knitting group and for inviting me over!  If you live near Kennedy and Eglinton, stop by on Tuesday nights between 6 and 8 – all knitters (and even crocheters!) are welcome.

 

Knitting all over town

Just a reminder that this Sunday is the Streetknit Yarn Swap, scarf relay, International Yarn Bombing Day and Worldwide Knit in Public Day.  Come on down to Wise Daughters and join in!

And next Saturday, June 18, the lovely folks at The Purple Purl are hosting their own Worldwide Knit in Public event (really, it’s more of a WWKIPWeek than Day) at Leslie Grove Park (Queen and Jones, in the heart of Leslieville).  A Charity Knit-out is scheduled and Streetknit will be the recipient of all those donations!  They’ve organized free hat and mitt kits for you to come down and put together and there are instore incentives if you finish your donation within two weeks.  So bring your needles (4.0, 4.5, 5mm) and probably a lawnchair and spend a couple of hours in the sun (hopefully), enjoying the company of likeminded folks!  Many thanks to Jennifer and the rest of the staff at the Purple Purl for organizing this event and for choosing Streetknit as their charity of choice.  Hope to see you there!

Streetknit’s First Yarn Swap!

From time to time I get donations of yarn – old stashes, odds and ends and whathaveyou. Some of this yarn is highly practical and useful for Streetknitters and is passed on at knitups or to various groups. But some of the other yarn is of a fancier variety. Since it’s currently occupying space in my basement, I’m pleased to announce that this coming June 12 (Worldwide Knit in Public Day), Wise Daughters will be hosting the first every Streetknit Yarn Swap. Bring us your practical, your conservative, your everyday yarn and trade it in for some fluffy, fantastic, fabulous stuff! We’ll trade balls of yarn one for one, but if you bring in a hand knitted donation for Streetknit, then we’ll trade it for two balls of your choice. Come early for the best selection – supplies are limited!  You can also participate in the scheduled yarn bombing and we’ll be having a scarf knitting marathon too!  Hope you can join us!

Worldwide Knit in Public/International Yarn Bombing Day Party
Sun, June 12, 1:00 – 5:00

Wise Daughters Craft Market

3079B Dundas Street West, Toronto

in the heart of the Junction!

Passing on some thanks

I received this email a few weeks ago but due to a vacation and some family complications, I haven’t had a chance to post it.  So without further ado, from St Felix Centre to all of you knitters out there, a big thanks!

Dear Sadie,
On behalf of everyone here at St. Felix Centre we want to send a big huge THANK YOU to you and all your knitters, for the hats and scarves brought to us by Bambi Rutledge.  The day after the bag arrived the temperature went to -22 and we were able to give hats and scarves to three men who live on the street.  They couldn’t believe it.  Alex, who is a lovely soft spoken man, with a good education, who lives with serious depression, said quietly to me – “these are so lovely and you can tell they’re hand made and in good wool.  I can’t tell you how much this means to me or how I can thank you.”.
I think Alex has said it all. You have all made a real difference in a wonderfully tangible way.  And when all is said and done, there’s not much more in the world that could be more important is there?
Paddy Bowen.

Paddy Bowen
Executive Director
St. Felix Centre
I don’t really have too much to add to that except my own thanks to you all for your support of Streetknit.

Streetknit on Canada AM

And in other news, I will be on Canada AM this coming Monday morning (Jan 31), talking about Streetknit and the great things that all of you knitters out there do every day for those in need.  Without you guys, a lot of people would have colder heads, hands and toes.  If I haven’t said it recently, thanks for your support of Streetknit!

A quick (though late) update on this.  My appearance on Canada AM was delayed to tomorrow (Thursday Feb 3).

An Easy Hat Pattern

Got some extra yarn hanging around from another project?  Here’s a quick hat pattern to use it up, courtesy of one of the attendees at the monthly Streetknit knitup.

Easy Warm Hat
Materials:

Yarn: Two strands of worsted weight yarn used throughout. Could be the
same colour, or could be constrasting, whatever you have. I use leftover yarn
and have not worked out exact quantities as yet.
Needles: 8mm (US #11) straight needles. (If you are used to circular
knitting, could be adapted to double-pointed needles)

To Make Hat:

Cast on 52 sts.
*K1, P1; repeat from * across the row, to end. Repeat this ribbing for
approximately 2 inches.
Change to Stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row), and work until the
piece measures approximately 7 inches from the cast on edge.
Begin the crown decreases, as follows:
*K2tog; repeat from * to end of row – 26sts.
Purl next row.
*K2tog; repeat from * to end of row – 13 sts.
Purl next row
*K2tog; repeat from * to end of row (there will be one stitch at end, just knit
it!) – 7sts remain.
Finishing: Cut yarn, leaving a long enough piece to sew up the back seam.
Thread the yarn onto a needle and run it through all remaining stitches and
pull tightly. Turn hat inside out and sew entire seam of the hat. Weave in all
loose ends.
Drop off your finished hat at any of our drop off locations or better yet, come by the knitup, last Tuesday of every month at Wise Daughters (http://www.wisedaughters.com/) and drop if off in person!

Streetknit Knit-In at the Knit Cafe

On Saturday December 18 (11-6) and Sunday December 19 (11-5) the good folks from the Knit Cafe will be hosting members of Streetknit making items of warmth for those without a home during the City of Craft Christmas Sale! Please drop by after doing your shopping, relax and knit for a spell in the spirit of the season! Needles and wool provided.

If you want to volunteer for a specific time frame (and volunteers would be greatly appreciated!), drop us an email at streetknit(AT)gmail(DOT)com. Hopoe to see you there!

Nuit Blanche – volunteers needed!

Nuit Blanche is fast approaching (as in this weekend!) and Streetknit is going to be a part of it.  We’ll be at the Gladstone, on the second floor, knitting blanket squares all night long.  And because it is such a long night (for the non-night owls among us anyway), we need volunteers to staff our exhibit during the wee hours.  So if you’d like to be a part of Nuit Blanche, email me at streetknit(AT)gmail(DOT)com and let me know when you’re available.  If you can’t commit to an hour or two, feel free to drop by and visit us anyway.  We’ll have needles and yarn and anyone who wants to knit a row or two (or even learn to knit a row or two) will be happily accomodated.  Hope to see you there!

Junction Yarnstorming

Last night the Junction Yarnstormers took to the streets to beautify the neighbourhood in their own knitty way – check out the results here: http://spacingtoronto.ca/2010/09/09/artists-hit-the-junction-by-yarn-storm/

Just a reminder that the Junction Arts Festival is this weekend – knitters, crocheters and wannabes are all welcome to come by the tent outside of Wise Daughters (Dundas West and Quebec Ave) to knit (or learn how) a blanket square for the car cozy (all squares to be donated to Streetknit after the Festival).  I’ll be there on Sunday from 10-12 – stop by and say hi!

Junction Arts Festival

Next weekend, September 11 and 12, is the Junction Arts Festival.  As part of this, Wise Daughters (which kindly hosts a Streetknit Knit-Up on the last Tuesday of every month) is organizing a car cosy knit-a-thon.  What’s a car cosy, you may well ask?  Well, in this case its a bunch of 6″ or 12″ blanket squares that are being stitched together to completely cover a car.  It will all be taken apart after the Festival and blankets will be put together for the Streetknit blanket drive (more on that in a later post).  Lots of other activities will be going on during the Festival so head down over that weekend and check it out.  Be sure to drop by Wise Daughters (Dundas W and Quebec Ave) and help us knit up a blanket square or two for a good cause.  If you can’t attend, but still want to help out, drop off pre-made blanket squares at Wise Daughters anytime before the 11th.

Click here to  find more details on the Festival and the car cosy. Hope to see you there!