Sunday, June 15, 2008

French knitting....

Ok, so French knitting is hardly going to give me street cred, but the museum in town has a French knitting project happening, and i thought it would be fun to get involved. The project is called the Herschell Street Lounge and you might just find some more info about it here. Basically, anyone can sit in the lounge and French knit. The lounge is in the museum's window, so passers-by can watch. The resulting strands are pinned to the wall to create a rug. It's tied in with an exhibition which I'm yet to see. It's on my long 'to-do' list.
The first thing I had to do if I was going to get involved, was to make sure I knew how to French knit. I'd done it as a kid, but that was about 20 years ago. I decided to make my own knitter, so I bought a big wooden bead with a 12mm hole. Then I hammered some nails in. I decided to just start with 4. Perhaps I'll advance to something more impressive in the future.
I still don't know how to cast off, but I'm sure I'll figure it out when the time comes. Right now I'm not sure what I'll use my French knitting for - perhaps making replica baby corn? Hehe. It's about a metre long now, so hopefully it finds a use. The important thing is that I figured out how to do something and did it. And here's me chillin' in the Herschell Street Lounge, doing my bit for the project. I'll try to remember to post a photo of the finished piece towards the end of next month.
Until next Sunday....

3 comments:

elly said...

Yay!

Look at you go. It looks like it takes ages, does it?

Alex Kirkwood said...

I takes forever! But it's quite addictive so an hour can fly by. I think I know what I'm going to do with it, so stay tuned.

There are 2 armchairs in the Herschell Street Lounge. I was thinking it would've been nice if you were doing it too. Especially if someone was making us cups of tea. :)

Jesse said...

Do post photos of the finished piece! Very clever to use a wooden bead for your knitter. I remember we used to do it with wooden cotton reels when I was little.