Saturday, March 3, 2007

A Tree gets a Sweater in East Lansing

This is the tree outside of Woven Art, my little yarn shop/gallery in downtown East Lansing. It got a new sweater this week. The green sparkly one, in honor of St Patrick. For some reason, St. Patrick's Day is a big event in East Lansing. No formal programs - but the students celebrate like it's Mardi Gras. My shop is just enough off the main downtown area to miss most of the craziness. If you want a good observation point, choose that afternoon to have a beer at El Azteco.

Last week the tree sported a bright turquoise sweater with multicolored buttons. It was so cute! So cute that someone else decided to take it home. But, that's just part of it. Makes the whole thing more interactive. I began dressing my tree after reading in Spin Off magazine about a nation wide phenomena called "Knitphitti". Like Graphitti, but with knitting. Connie Henslee liked this idea so much that she is organizing an event with the Lansing Art Gallery on March 13. Connie will be there to demonstrate knitting, Jacquie Vaughan will be spinning yarn, and I will demonstrate the art of crochet. Connie also plans to committ some random acts of knitting outside on the street. Downtown Lansing will be all dressed up!

In addition to knitting, crochet, spinning, felting and dyeing, we also teach weaving at Woven Art. Well, duh. Most of the looms are currently at a frightening state:

This is why we call it "warp", warping" or "warped".

This is also what inspired the bumper sticker; "You have to be warped to weave". But if you hang in there, persevere, put up with sore knees and back, you get to do this:

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