How hard can knitting really be?

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Projects | 0 comments

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What better reason than awesome installation art to learn how to knit? Naturally, my first knitting project would be a giant 34 by 72 inch panel to display in public on a bridge (assuming I actually figure out this art, of course).

Just yesterday I was lamenting about how knitting and crocheting were two textile skills that are sadly lacking from my repertoire. My sister does a lot of knitting and she loves it. I’ve done a tiny bit of knitting before, but I decided it was high time I learned to crochet and  was serious enough about learning to buy a book (Crochet!) and dug out the collection of needles and yarn left by my grandmother when she passed away over 10 years ago.

Before I even had a chance to start a project, one of my favorite stores in Pittsburgh, Wildcard, posted a link to Knit the Bridge on Facebook. Either Facebook is reading my mind, or they have creepy marketing spies listening in on my conversations. Regardless, this project is so exciting! I’ve heard of yarn bombing, but it’s never occurred to me to join the movement before. From their website: “Knit the Bridge is a vision for a grassroots, community-led arts project that would bring the many diverse communities of Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania together to create a large-scale, aesthetically stunning, fiberarts installation on a bridge in downtown Pittsburgh.”

Just another thing to add to my long list of reasons I <3 Pittsburgh.

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