Green Stockings Craft & Design

January 21, 2010

Winter Fun of Awesome Craftiness

Filed under: Crafting — Tags: , , , , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 7:01 PM

So I’ve joined onto two winter craft challenges:

the spins & needles Winterlude Urban Cozy project AND the Plush You! Winter Olympics Challenge

I’m very excited about both – it is, believe it or not, the first time I have participated in an online crafty community building/interaction/group project or whatever. How very unlike me. My decision at the beginning of this year to “do more” with my time and my energy is definitely a motivating factor here – instead of thinking that participating in things like this would be fun and something I should do, you know, at some point, I just signed up for the Olympics challenge, and have knitting buddy Kim to craft-along on the Urban Cozy project.

I have yet to be assigned my category for plushie making (which will either be Figure Skating, Skiing, Opening Ceremonies, Bobsleigh, or a MADE UP SPORT) – but I’m thinking about ways that I can incorporate some of my own views about the Vancouver Olympics into this crafting. (I’m very embarrassed and dismayed by the way that Canada, a supposedly “nice” place is handling the hosting of these games, by doing things like screwing over the native peoples and making the following illegal: homelessness, taking pictures, and ‘public negative messages’ (ie – protest signs saying negative things about the Olympics) – for more, please ignore the general crimes against the internet of 2010 Watchdog site.)

Knitting friend Kim is the one who pointed me to the Urban Cozy project, and while I was planning to make a standard sized cozy (30″ x 8″ – small scarf size) in a vaguely fishnet pattern out of truly atrocious mauve baby yarn (cognitive dissonance, much?), I may go her route and pull out the size 20 knitting needles* and knit up a few strands of stash yarn together.

Which reminds me, as well as knitting a cozy, I was thinking of writing to the folks at spins & needles and finding out what their schedule of events will be at Winterlude, since I am planning on coming to Ottawa for the last weekend (Feb 19 – 21) – and maybe I will be able to help at one of their workshops. Ok – going to do that now!

*no, it’s not your imagination, they do look like they could be dildos…

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