Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Welcome to the birth of The Wychwood Beutification Project(s)!

I am jealous of the pretty planters on St. Clair Ave across the street from Loblaws. This stretch of Bathurst St, south of St. Clair, has been neglected and needs some prettyin' up! I am staring by tagging knitta style. Above are my first 2 tags, old swatches sewn together and buttoned up.

I've spoken with Eden from Scratch Espresso and we'll be collaborating soon. She's thinking about metal ... as long as I'm not working the forge I'm open :-)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

What is the Wychwood Beautification Project? My neighbourhood looks neglected and is a little ugly. It is surrounded by side streets full of big, beautiful old houses, but the main street isn't pretty. It could take a long time for the city to pay for some planters and trees to pretty things up, it may never happen, so I'm taking initiative and decorating on my own.

Inspired by an article about Knitta Please, I decided to start by tagging the hydro poles outside my knitting store with knits. I started with a few old swatches sewn together but the project has quickly started to assume it's own momentum. I am finding it immensely satisfying knitting little cardigans for the poles, but it is the neighbourhood response has been interesting. Neighbours I've never met are coming out and introducing themselves to me, the driver on my bus route was discussing the tags this morning, people have been stopping and touching them. The project was started for aesthetic reasons, but it is breaking down social barriers, which is an extra layer of beauty I hadn't anticipated.