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The Knitting Sprawl meets the Saskatoon Knitting Circle …

June 9, 2010

I returned to a Sunday afternoon of knitting and was inspired by the appearance of a very special guest: Robyn Love. Robyn is a working Newfoundland artist who is traveling across Canada making impromptu visits with knitting groups along her way and on Sunday June 6, 2010 it was the Saskatoon Knitting Circle’s turn.

Robyn Love knitting a sock while she garters and giggles with the Saskatoon Knitting Circle.

Robyn Love is an award-winning artist who creates site-specific installations usually involving needlework on an ambitious scale, with community participation an integral aspect of the work. Her recent projects include: The Knitted Mile, a 2,000 foot long, hand knitted strip installed on roadways in Dallas, Texas (2008); Spindle 7, an ongoing interactive performance that takes Robyn on an intriguing ride through Queens and into Midtown Manhattan in New York City while she spins and engages passengers in conversation about her spindle and what she is doing (2009); and the Knitting Sprawl, Robyn’s current interactive project(2009 – 2010).

Shakthi happily stitched along on a unique purse of her own design.

The Knitting Sprawl is a collaborative, Canada-wide, multimedia project exploring relationships between knitting, geography, and site-specificity. What keeps us knitting? What sense of community do we receive from knitting in a group? Does geography influence our knitting? These are just a few of the questions that we explored during Robyn’s brief visit. I hope you were able to find some answers, dear Robyn.

Jeanette worked on a set of gloves, commissioned by a school mate.

The weather was beautiful and the sun finally shone down on the prairies on this fine Sunday afternoon. Our numbers were low due to the weather as I suspect many a knitter was busy in their garden, enjoying the beautiful parks of Saskatoon, or relaxing on their decks and soaking up the rays. Even so, Shakthi, Jeanette, Leanne, and I gartered and giggled while enjoying the company of an intriguing artist who shares her inspirations and world views through via mediums we all know and love: yarn and sharp pointy sticks!

Pastille in progress: An easy knit and a quick knit. I love colour work.  This technique uses one colour on a knit and purl row and then the opposite colour on the following knit and purl rows.

Pastille in progress: An easy knit and a quick knit. I love colour work. This technique uses one colour on a knit and purl row and then the opposite colour on the following knit and purl rows. She is nearly complete! Stay tuned for further updates on Pastille.

You can follow Robyn and her cross-Canadian knitterly trek on her blog, entitled “My Faire Isle.” Thank you, Robyn, for allowing us to be a part of your inspiration and we look forward to viewing the results of your knitterly travels.

Wishing you all the best from the Saskatoon Knitting Circle.

Happy Stitching…

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2010 7:38 pm

    Thank you for your kind hospitality and lovely post! It was really nice to talk with you and the others. Sometimes a small group is actually better – a little easier to speak with – than a larger group. I enjoyed myself!

    • June 10, 2010 8:55 pm

      Robyn, we loved having you! I hope I got your details correct on this posting. I find you and your work very interesting and one day would love to write an article about what you do.

  2. June 12, 2010 12:23 am

    it’s so nice to read about your meeting with robyn along the knitting sprawl route! my daughters and i were able to knit a little bit for the MILE, and were also able to spin a bit on the 7 train with robyn. while i like to read her posts about her travels, it’s special to get the participants’ perspective. the knitting projects are beautiful! all the best, dorina

    • June 12, 2010 8:25 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Dorina. You are one lucky knitter to be able to participate in the MILE and the 7 train project. Robyn is a beautiful person and a very talented artist. How could she not be? She is a knitter, after all.

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