Monday, August 30, 2010

It's Hip To Be Square...Join Me!

Hey knitters and crocheters...

I am excited to share some information with you about a cool fiber art project happening here in NYC.  If you live outside New York, please read on because there is still a way that you can participate if you're interested.

Artist Robyn Love is organizing a huge, communal yarn-bombing of the Mercury/Titan rockets for the upcoming Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science next month.  It will consist of approximately 600, 12-inch x 12-inch knitted/crocheted squares that will be joined together and spiral up and around the rocket.  Each square will have a message to the universe stitched in it or pinned to it.  Messages will "enter the universe" as the wind passes over the surface of the squares---similar to that of a Tibetan prayer flag. It's gonna be BIG...

The yarn-bomb is being sponsored by Lion Brand and all squares MUST be made with Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn.  After the event, the installation will be removed and used to make afghans to be donated to Warm Up America.

If you are in New York, I think Lion Brand is going to host a couple of knit-togethers here in the city.  You can also try to hook up with Robyn if you want to get some yarn from her. You can check here or here for details on those options.

If you are outside New York City and want to make a square you can get your own skein of Hometown USA yarn (it's pretty inexpensive) and then leave me a comment with your email address so we can figure out how you can send your square(s) to me. A couple of simple knit and crochet patterns from Robyn can be found here.

So in summary, if you participate you'll get to knit a fun square (or two, or three...), be a part of a huge yarn-bombing event AND donate to charity, all for a few clicks and swoops of your needles and hooks.  I hope you will join me in helping Robyn make this rocket yarn-bomb a success!

8 comments:

Corinne said...

What a fantastic project! :)

Krystal said...

that's way awesome!

Cathy said...

Sounds like fun. Count me in! I just need to know how to get my square to you and when you need it.

Virginia said...

Cool! I might even be in town for that event. :)

Gilding Lilies said...

This is my fisrt time to your blog, I really enjoyed looking around, it's wonderful. Nice to meet you, and I'll be back.

Hyacynth said...

You always find the coolest things to tell us about and to join in on. Awesome! I wish I knew how to knit or crochet.

VeganCraftastic said...

Oooh, what a great project! If I can find some of that yarn I'd love to make a couple of squares.

-craftytofu at yahoo

Paige said...

Oooh, fun!