Last week Nicole, Darren and I attended our first Stitch N Bitch at The Windsor Workers’ Action Centre. Coincidentally, Nicole and I yarnbombed a parking meter right in front of the building a week before, not knowing what went on inside. Upon introducing ourselves, the women who worked there realized it was us who yarnbombed them and seemed to be really happy about it. One woman, whose name I believe is Brandi (thank you Facebook), took a break from crocheting her massive blanket and quickly (!) crocheted a tag for a nearby tree. I took some pictures of the tagging.
there's a garbage strike in Windsor right now. I walked by this tree yesterday, and the pile is twice as large now. It's sad because there is a huge spot next to this tree that the garbage could have been dumped on. but instead, someone decided to surround the tree with it. disgusting.
This tree clearly was in need of some love.
The tag outside of the WWAC. Nicole got business cards made using my photograph of it.
The Windsor Workers’ Action Centre is located on 328 Peliissier, right off of University. Stop in for the next Stitch N Bitch on Thursday June 25th! And if you don’t know how to knit, come to Phog THIS THURSDAY with basic knitting supplies to learn FOR FREE!
Posted in Crochet, Knitting, Nicole, Parking Meter, Photos, Stitch N Bitch, tree, Uncategorized, Windsor Workers' Action Centre
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Yarn Bombing is getting a lot of attention in Windsor right now. People are always talking about, pointing at, and even touching, the knit tags that live in downtown Windsor. It’s an exciting time for public displays of yarn in this city, which is why I’ve made this blog.
Some of the first tags
I’ll start with some back story. My friend Nicole and I met at a craft show a few years ago. We instantly bonded over our passion for knitting. We have been knitting for a combined 15+ years, I believe. We can almost always been seen knitting something in public. Twice a month we host Oh CNAP, which stands for Craft Night at Phog (1st & 3rd Thursdays @6:30!) We knit for charity, we knit for friends, we knit for ourselves, and we knit for our city.
Over the last month, we’ve put up countless knit tags in downtown Windsor. We’re not doing it for the recognition or the attention (although that is very nice!), we are doing it for the city. The city of Windsor is hurting right now. So many people are laid off and unemployed. So many think poorly of downtown. So many are frustrated with the mayor and his elaborate plans for the city’s core. They’re frustrated with how long it takes to decide things and with how expensive these downtown “revitalization” projects are going to be. They’re frustrated with how the current state of downtown is not being addressed – the closed down shops, the litter (which is so much worse now because of the garbage strike), the broken cement planters, the terrible ratio of adult vs family-friendly establishments. The list is endless.
My first tag
Our goal as Guerilla Knitters is to soften downtown Windsor. To make it cozy and comfy. To make cold metal appear warm. To have less cement and more colour. To show our love for Windsor.
I plan to cover these Phog bike racks
I love Windsor. I’ve stuck by it when my friends and classmates would express their disgust with the city. I’ve vowed to stay when others vowed to leave. ASAP. I saw the potential. I knew that if we wanted a nice city, rich in the arts, we’d have to do it ourselves. If we leave for greener pastures, our little city would never grow. But it is growing. There is so much going on here. There are so many groups (like Broken City Lab) taking the city into their own hands. Groups of thinkers and doers who are passionate about saving this city of ours. Knitters are another one of these groups, and we’re growing. Fast.
Posted in Black Kettle Bistro, Door Handle, Knitting, Mission, Nicole, Parking Meter, Phog, Photos, Samantha
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