Tuesday, January 30, 2007

KNITTING AT THE SPEAD OF LIGHT

It has taken me a long time to get this post together, what with overtime at work, our pc at home turning into a doorstop, and a winter malaise that doesn't want to let go of me.

Anyway, Myfanwe, Norbert and I spent a pleasant evening at Chicago's Winter Delight Stitching Salon -- a wonderful temporary gallery dedicated to fiber arts. On Thursday nights they show KnitFlix -- movies with fiber themes -- and we went for Boys Night. There weren't many boys there, but no one could be disappointed with the turnout. These were some fun chicks! Sara (who I met at World Wide Knit in Public Day) and Moonrat Nat (who I met at Franklin's Dulaan hootenanny) were there. Subversive knitters fer sure!


front row, from l to r: Myfanwe, Nobert, Wild Sara and the Natty Moonrat
The movies were a documentary of Dave Cole's Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art commission of a huge American flag knit with cranes and telephone poles. It was only 5 minutes long, but really quite exciting.
The second part of the double feature was the film Men Who Knit. Not the greatest film, but it was nice to see some people I know from the blogosphere, including boy-wonder Ken, ward and sidekick of the Yarn Harlot. (Click on the picture for a booty call...)

The first 50 people to arrive for the movie got free lighted knitting needles...which really work! I think they might be too distracting for knitting during a movie, but the extra light could really come in handy when knitting with black yarn! M, N, & I were the first people there, so we made off with 3 pair! Since Myfanwe doesn't knit, we are giving her pair to a fried of Norbert's in Toledo who will really get some glee from them.

One of the activities at the stitching salon was a spectacular installation piece which invited to pick up needles and add on to the project using whatever stitch or yarn they wished. It was great fun.


It is currently -4 degrees in Chicago, with a wind-chill of -30 degrees. I hope everyone is staying warm. My plans are to make a pot of tea, put on some nice music, and knit away. Oh, joy! Oh, rapture! Who could ask for more?

3 comments:

Rachel H said...

I think Ken's more like Alfred than the boy wonder really. You know, lifelong friend, wise and trusted counsellor who listens to all the crazy schemes and supports them where he can. I was going to say that Ken's got more of a snarky approach to it than Alfred, but having watched as much Batman as I have recently, I gotta say Al's well able to hold his own.

somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

Wonderful gathering of KIP knitters!
=:8

Nat said...

I really enjoyed your commentary during the movies, as well as the naughty giggling during the knitting of the flag.
I'm looking forward to using the light-up needles on long car trips. I'll be able to knit that much longer as it gets dark.