Emergency Lamppost Cozy

So, I the end of last week Saint Paul Cozy realized that there were going to be a few no-shows with lamppost cozies, so they put out a call for some emergency ones to made for drop-off on Sunday. I had a lot of yarn left from knitting mine and knew with some size 17US needles I could get something done on time. I was asked to make a cozy that fit a 24″ x 52″ post.

I kept it really simple and just did garter stitch with the yarn doubled. I worked flat this time, no time for steeking! I went for a rainbow look with the colors mixing together between changes. I really wish I had had some orange though!

I’m not sure where this one will go. The cozies will all be up along 4th St. in Saint Paul either by today or tomorrow. (The snowstorm Monday put things a little behind schedule.) I’m heading over this weekend and hope to get some good pictures.

The Pioneer Press had an article about the installation yesterday which you can see here. Apparently, we are brazen!

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Lamppost Cozy is Done

As some of you might remember, I have been knitting a cozy for a lamppost as part of Saint Paul Cozy. I didn’t bring it with me over the holidays because it was so big and heavy, plus the yarn to knit it with, so I just finished it last week. Here it is in all its glory.

It is 60″ long and about 20″ wide. It went quite fast knit with doubled yarn and size 8US needles. Here are a few close ups of the patterns.


The cozy’s will go up along 4th Street in Saint Paul sometime between January 21 – 23. They will stay up through the first week of March right through Winter Carnival. If you want to check mine out, it will be 4th St. between Sibley & Jackson on the south side. I can’t wait to see the whole street done up in colorful cozies!

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Knitting for Saint Paul Cozy

A few weeks ago a group called Saint Paul Cozy put out a call on Ravelry for Minnesota knitters and other fiber artists to create cozies for 158 lampposts in Saint Paul. Well, you know I couldn’t resist. After doing the giant backdrop for the State Fair in a week, I figured this would be a snap.

I knew I wanted it to be fair isle like a giant sweater and have a few Minnesota themed things in it. My post is five feet tall and about about halfway done.

I’m using Caron One Pound doubled on size 9US needles. I can get about six inches knit in an evening which is pretty good! I probably could have used a bigger needle, but didn’t want any peek-through at all. I can tell you guys, this thing weights a ton compared to my regular knitting.

I decided the easiest thing to do would be knit it in the round and steek it, even though I’ve never steeked before. I wanted to steek with my sewing machine, but failed to think about the fact I can’t just run a five foot tube through my machine like that! Also the thickness is a little tricky. I can do a few inches at a time, so that might just have to work. Luckily, the steek does not have to be pretty!

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Completed MN State Fair Yarnbombing

As I mentioned in a previous post, part of the MN State Fair this year is The Great MN Knit Together with different guild and groups around the area creating fiber covered topiaries. I organized the building of a horse for the Minnesota Knitters’ Guild and we have spent the last week getting it all sewn together. Here is our lovely finished horse, Pronto.

As you can see he is munching away at a Fair favorite, the Pronto Pup.

We also had to cover a 6′ x 10′ back drop. For this I knit up large pieces with size 17 needles and two strands of worsted yarn held together. We had some squares left over from Pronto that I used on the bottom.

I made a foot and a half wide ribbon and another Guild member knit up ice cream cones, cookies and an apple to decorate the board. Finally, we sewed on extra bulky yarn to create the lettering. Man, that lettering was a lot of work, but I love that is sort of looks like sky writing.

The fair opens August 24th and all of this will be on display on the Grandstand ramp. I’ll take lots of pictures of all the different topiaries and other yarnbombings to share.

 

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The Yarnbombing Continues

This past weekend things really got moving on the Minnesota Knitters’ Guild yarnbombing for the Great Minnesota Knit Together at the Minnesota State Fair.

It takes a lot of hands to cover a life-sized horse in knitting!

One of the ladies whipped up this fabulous mane!

I’m proud of how the saddle blanket looks, though I am very tired of knitting prize ribbons.

Just some finishing touches to do this week. Well, that and a 6′ x 10′ backdrop!

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Yarnbombing the MN State Fair

I think for the first year in a long time I might not be entering anything in the MN State Fair. Not that I am not knitting for the fair, I am knitting my little hands off because as I mentioned before this year the Fair is the Great MN Knit Together. The Fair has asked various fiber guilds and groups to yarnbomb topiaries they weren’t using to grow things on anymore. I am coordinating the horse that the MN Knitters’ Guild is covering.

This is our life-sized horse. Do you know how much knitting it takes to cover a life-sized horse?! For months Guild members have been knitting up squares, ribbons, corndogs and other goodies. This week a few of us headed over to the fairgrounds to start putting our horse together.

Our horse is going to have a saddle blanket covered in prize ribbons and fair food and then the rest of the horse will be squares in “real” horse colors. It takes a bit of planning to figure out how all those squares will lay out.

Then there are those special squares that we want to really plan for.

This is certainly quite the project! Hopefully, we’ll be able to get it fixed in the next couple of weeks. We have a lot of sewing ahead of us. I’ll keep you updated.

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