38 posts tagged Knitting
38 posts tagged Knitting
Chelonian craft maven Katie Bradley (previously featured here) has added food-themed turtle and tortoise cozies to her MossyTortoise shop. If there’s one thing we know for certain, it’s that the world needs more turtles stoically plodding around looking like the cutest cheeseburgers, roast turkeys, and crabs that we’ve ever seen.
Visit Katie’s MossyTortoise shop to check out more of her completely awesome handmade creations.
[via Serious Eats]
This tentacular piece of yarnbombing is the collaborative work of Jill Watt, who blogs as the Dapper Toad, and her sister Lorna of Knits For Life. This isn’t their first knitted creation, but it is their biggest yet.
The sisters used four miles of yarn to transform a Magnolia tree in San Mateo, CA into a giant blue squid. They even included some crocheted goldfish trapped in the squid’s tentacles.
"Lorna, an artist-in-residence for the Downtown San Mateo Association, wrote up a great post on how she and her sister conceived of, designed, and then created the “Yarnbomb Squid Tree.” Jill reports that it took 20 hours on a sweater machine to make enough to cover the tree and that it took them 14 hours to install it, in 91°F weather!”
[via Laughing Squid]
Awesome yarn-bombing artist Olek (previously featured here) has struck again, this time in San Francisco where she used her extraordinary crocheting skillz to completely covere the famous Doggie Diner heads in lots of colourful yarn.
John [Law] reports, “Olek wanted to work with a San Francisco icon. The Golden Gate Bridge wasn’t available this trip (the girl is AMBITIOUS so who knows…) but the second most iconic SF landmark(s) was!”
Visit Laughing Squid to view more photos of the famous giant wiener dogs looking extra fabulous.
Ravelry user Reuben Briskie created this wonderful knitted Whale Shark iPhone Cover. We can’t imagine safer place to keep your phone than inside the soft belly of (an extraordinarily small version of) the world’s largest fish.
Polish yarn-bomber Olek (previously featured here) recently returned to her homeland where she completed her largest work of guerrilla knitting yet: she and her team of four assistants completely covered a locomotive and three train cars in colourful pieces of crocheted yarn. That is an astonishing amount of knitting. The team worked around the clock for two days and in all sorts of weather to create this massive installation. The beautiful train is now on display in Łódź, Poland through August 19, 2013.
“I was in London at the Animal Ball in the presence of Prince Charles on the 9 of July. Then early on the 10, took a morning flight to Poland (wearing my costume, mask from last night) to work on the locomotive… I had the best crew ever. They worked as hard as I always do,” Olek told Hi-Fructose. “I think I should call this train ‘deadly romance.’ I love it, but it almost killed me. I want to see it again, but I am avoiding it. It is calling my name. But I know how much pain it caused. I am totally in love with it, but hate it in the same time. If the natural progression is to make bigger better pieces, what should I make next? Can someone give me a plane? Or should I go to the moon?”
Visit Hi-Fructose to view more photos of the creation of this amazing example of rogue crocheting.
This might just be the sweetest instance of yarnbombing we’ve seen yet. Back in 2011 artist Alicia Kachmar made a red cardigan sweater for the Fred Rogers Memorial Statue, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It’s only right that even a statue of Mister Rogers should have one of his trademark sweaters.
American artist Dave Cole transforms existing machinery into awesome new devices with functions completely unrelated to their original purpose. In 2012 he transformed a 22,000 pound steam roller into The Music Box. Instead of flattening surfaces the machine now plays the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Though Cole stripped most of the weight out of the compactor to make the sculpture more manageable, it still weighs in at 2,000 pounds. The sculpture was commissioned by the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Back in 2005 Dave Cole created The Knitting Machine. Two enormous excavators were fitted with 20-foot-long knitting needles and positioned across from each other. Working together they knitted an oversized American flag. Click here to watch video footage of The Knitting Machine.
A Hungarian artist who goes by the name Babukatorium spent three months creating this awesomely intricate piece of guerilla knitting aka yarnbombing. The colouful crocheted piece is composed of 247 round spiderwebs in 13 colours. It took the artist three days to affix her beautiful creation to this tree, which is located somewhere in Veszprém, Hungary.
Babukatorium was inspired to create the piece after watching a performance of Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream:
She said: ‘I’m obsessed with spiderwebs and rainbows and so when I saw this tree after the performance I thought it would be perfect for yarnbombing.
'I used a lot of yarn and attached it with rainbow ribbons. At the end I was exhausted and surprised because I didn't think I would be able to complete it. I was also surprised because people love it, and come to visit the tree just to see the work.'