Category Archives: Samantha

New Beaded Tag at Phog

The other day, I went to Phog and put up a few tags I’ve had laying around. This one, however, was completed at Phog. I really like it. Knitting with beads always interested me, but it seemed arduous to string all of the beads on. I decided to just suck it up and try it out. I found some beads that I’ve had for a million years and started stringing them on. It didn’t take as long as I thought it would. I started to knit tons on, but then I quickly realized that I should probably go easy on it since I only had around 50 beads and I wanted to have them throughout the entire 7.5″ tall tag.

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It reminds me of rain. Too bad I installed it upside down, lol.

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Rainy Tag, upside down in all its glory.

I ended up sewing it on upside down, lol. But that’s okay because it looks like the beads are falling and collecting at the bottom. On the other side, I sew this tag to another so that someone couldn’t just walk by and pull it off. That is why it’s kind of pulled down in this picture. I’m not really sure if it can be pulled back up to cover the entire pole. I don’t think it would be since it was the exact size of the pole before I sewed it to the other one. This means I should probably knit one more smaller tag to put on top of this one.

I put up a few more tags this night, but I’ll save those for another post : )

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New Phog Tags

I took an unplanned break from knitting and tagging for about a month. I had been knitting all winter and spring, it seemed, so it was nice to get away from it for a while. But at the last CNAP meeting, I felt like I should get back to tagging the bike racks outside of Phog. They’re so close to being finished. I had a few finished tags in my bag already, and I knitted one during the meeting. Elisha showed me how to do some sort of crochet embroidery on the tags, so I practiced that technique on a plain red one. I definitely need to practice some more. I put up three or four tags after the meeting.

As I was sewing the tags onto each of the bike racks, a few people stopped to tell me how great the tags are around downtown and how they really make the city look nicer. One man even stuck around for probably ten minutes telling me how the Windsor taggers have inspired him with our beautiful knitting. He told me that he wants to experiment with coat hangers and other materials to make a bike rack look like a medicine wheel. I think it would be amazing. I hope he tries it.

As always, I took some pictures of my work. Unfortunately it was pretty late and there were bikes on the racks (two of them being mine and my boyfriends, lol) so the pictures aren’t as good as I wanted them to be.

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you can barely see the new tag in this picture. it's the blue one on the left.

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it says Obnubilate. I was going to do a week of tags with Webster's Word of the Day embroidered into them, but all of the words after this one were just pointless lol.

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The new ones are the two bottom ones on the circle part of the bike rack, and also the red and yellow one.

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This is the one I practiced the crochet embroidery on. I did it too tight, so the center part puckered really strangely.

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This rack is nearly complete! I need to knit one small tag, and then i have to make a larger one to finish the middle part.

The next post is going to showcase Elisha’s new EPIC knit tags. Seriously, they’re amazing.

Mending the Wounded

Sometimes when Nicole and/or I are downtown, we walk by tags that have been ripped apart and left to hang there. It’s really sad to see something you put time and effort into torn up. A lot of tags have gone missing, but it’s the ones left half ripped down that really hurt. I saw this tag (of Nicole’s) for the first time last week. I was happy I had some yarn and my yarn needle with me so I could quickly repair it.

Wounded

Fixed!

it looks kind of like a hippo now : )

if you ever see a wounded tag and have mending supplies with you, feel free to fix it up : )

Pre-CNAP Tagging

Last week before CNAP, Nicole and I went around looking at some old tags, repairing one, and putting more up. As always, I took some pictures:

A Stirring Drama

Next to ArtCite

Nicole installing a tag

Next to the Amouries

Where's Waldo tag on Victoria Day

On Victoria Day, Dan and I checked on the tags that I could find. A family was walking by in front of us. They were pointing at the tag and saying how neat it was : )

A Casualty

Then three days later, Nicole and I found it in this condition. Someone was trying to take it apart. It was really sad to see because it's my favourite tag of Nicole's. She quickly fixed it, though.

New Tag

During CNAP, I put the one on the bottom up, as well as its twin on the other rack. I can't remember when I put up that other blue/yellow one. It was sometime last week.

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Another view of my Phog tag. you can kind of see a bit of the twin bottom tag too. Only a few more until the rack circles are full. I barely ever go downtown, so my tagging takes a while :(

A Stirring Drama

Another picture of Nicole's tag near ArtCite. I really like that mural.

Coming soon – A video of Nicole talking about why she does what we do, while installing a new tag.

Welcome!

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.

 

 

One of the first tags

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.

 

Near ArtCite

Near ArtCite

 

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

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.

 

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