Monday, 24 June 2019

Extreme Knitting the #TreeLeaves Conifer

Here's my extreme knitting - I've just nipped off for a cup of Yorkshire Tea!

You may already know that I like extreme knitting.  And you may also know that this year's yarnstorming project is entitled Tree Leaves (which you can read all about here) and is supporting the Woodland Trust
Tree Top Yarn

Tree Trunk Yarn

So whilst lots of people have been making small trees, I've brought out the extreme needles and have been cracking on knitting a large conifer!  Firstly though, I had to prepare some yarn.  This year I was able to find textiles in the right colours and so didn't have to dye anything.  I made my yarn from recycling 7 old curtains, a double duvet cover and 2 pillowcases and knitted it 3 strands at a time.

Getting into a bit of a tangle with my extreme knitting

In the end I used about 440m of yarn, weighing just over 3.8kg to complete my tree.  There's not really enough space to lay it out indoors, as you can see...

Extreme Knitted Conifer Indoors

and I have to put it onto a backing to make it easier to install.  With all the rain we've had I've been putting it off because it's so much easier to do outside.  However last Thursday it was a lovely day so out I went to get started...

Conifer laid out on its backing

I spent a sunny afternoon attaching the conifer to its backing and then trimming the backing to shape.  You can probably tell from the picture that the sun was definitely sinking by the time I'd finished...

Backing trimmed to the tree's shape

There's still more work to do stabilising the conifer but it's well on the way and it's just a bit more than 3m tall so I don't think you'll miss it once it's up in the park.

The Tree Leaves Yarnstorm will be installed in Rowntree Park, York from 24 July 2019 - why not pop along to see it and if you like it, you could make a donation to the Woodland Trust and mention the Tree Leaves yarnstorm.  Lots of people have been joining in with the project and knitting some fab trees and leaves which you may have caught glimpses of on social media or over on my blogposts about the four workshops that we've held.  They will all form part of the installation and the small trees will be for sale to raise funds for the Woodland Trust in September 2019. Details of the sales will be available in July.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Tree Leaves at Rowntree Park Cafe #2

Fab trees and leaves from the Rowntree Park Cafe workshop

Our final #TreeLeaves workshop took place during the York Festival of Ideas in Rowntree Park Cafe.  We had a great turnout and it was also an opportunity to pick up some of the trees and leaves that had been left for the project.

Our youngest participant...

made this super tree...

 Everyone was very busy, chatting, knitting & stitching...

making fantastic trees and leaves as you can see from the pic at the start.  Anna had the idea to applique some owls on her trees...

Anna's trees with applique owls

and Gina added buttons and ribbon to her topiary tree...

Gina's topiary tree with buttons and ribbon

and what a fab stitched leaf from Angie....

Angie's leaf

Also we had deliveries of leaves from Denise...

Denise's leaves

and Sylvia...

Sylvia's leaves
and trees and leaves from Anna...

Anna's trees & leaves

and trees from Alyson...

Alyson's trees

Aren't they all great! Thanks to everyone for joining in and thanks to Rowntree Park Cafe for looking after us! 

And you still have time to join in.  Finished trees and leaves have to be with Rowntree Park Cafe or the Trafalgar Bay pub by Saturday 22 June 2019. Full details here.

The Tree Leaves Yarnstorm goes up in Rowntree Park on Wednesday 24 July 2019 (weather permitting) and will be up until the end of August.  Sales of the trees in aid of the Woodland Trust will take place in September - more details on that later.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Tree Leaves at the Trafalgar Bay

Anna's Leaf Stash

We had a warm welcome from publican, Sarah, for our workshop at the Trafalgar Bay on Tuesday evening.  Everyone worked very hard with their knitting and stitching.  Elizabeth went off piste with some fab crochet!

Candi, Alice, Nettie & Elizabeth

Emma & Hana

Deborah & Sarah

Nicky, Anna & Anna

Thanks to Sarah for accommodating us!

We had a very nice cache of trees and leaves after the workshop...

Trees & Leaves from the Trafalgar Bay workshop

Thank you to everyone who came along and to the Trafalgar Bay for having us!

Our final workshop is on Friday 14 June 2019 at Rowntree Park Cafe from 2-4pm.  Come & join us - full details here.

Friday, 17 May 2019

Tree Leaves at Rowntree Park Cafe #1

Trees & Leaves from the Rowntree Park Cafe workshop

On Monday we joined the Craft & Chat group in Rowntree Park Cafe for our second Tree Leaves workshop during the #GetCreativeFestival. We were making trees and leaves for the Tree Leaves Yarnstorm that will be going up in Rowntree Park in late July 2019 until the end of August.

Crocheting, stitching and knitting was in evidence...

Hazel, Anne & Margaret

with lots of smiles...

Karen & Annie

and concentration...

Nettie, Amanda & Sam

Amanda, Sam, Gina & Tania

It was lovely to meet up with the Craft & Chat group.  We did take up quite a lot of space though...

Craft & Chat Group

but made lots of lovely trees and leaves!

Trees & Leaves

Thank you to everyone who came and to Rowntree Park Cafe for having us!

Our next workshop is on Tuesday 21 May at the Trafalgar Bay pub on Nunnery Lane, York, YO23 1AB from 7-9pm.  Come & join us - full details here.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Tree Leaves at Spark:York

Knitted and Stitched Trees from the Spark:York Tree Leaves Workshop

Our first Tree Leaves workshop took place at Spark:York on Saturday.  It was the first day of the #GetCreativeFestival, and everyone was making trees and leaves for the Tree Leaves Yarnstorm that will be going up in Rowntree Park in late July 2019 until the end of August.

Trina & Annette & their stitched trees

Trina & Annette were enjoying birthday celebrations as well as stitching trees, meanwhile Meg & Jack were busy knitting their trees.

Meg & Jack knitting trees

Jayne, Suki & Rosie making fab trees
And it wasn't just trees that were made...
Knitted & Stitched Leaves
Nicky & Orla went off piste with their designs using crochet and pompoms!

Nicky & Orla have their own designs

Everyone is very busy getting creative!

Here are all the trees we had by the end of the workshop...

Trees from the Spark:York Tree Leaves Workshop

As usual I forgot about taking photgraphs till the end so thanks to Alyson, Sylvia and Grace & her Dad for joining us too! 

Our next workshop is on Monday 13 May at Rowntree Park Cafe from 2-4pm.  Come & join us - full details here.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Tree Leaves Yarnstorm - The Details

What's happening?
Come and make
trees and leaves with Deborah New & I so that we can create a giant Tree Leaves yarnstorm installation for Rowntree Park, York in time for this summer.
Yarnstorming Workshops
Some of our workshops are during the Get Creative Festival...

This is a huge national celebration of creativity that aims to give everyone the chance to get actively involved in a creative event in their local area and we are joining in!  At our Tree Leaves workshops, you can unleash your creativity with knitting, stitching, pompom making, finger knitting and knitting with very large needles.  

And we also have a workshop during the York Festival of Ideas...

This festival is taking place from 4-16 June 2019 under the banner of A World of Wonder. Featuring world-class speakers, exhibitions, theatre, music, films, guided walks, family-friendly activities and much more, York Festival of Ideas offers a huge range of stimulating and diverse events for all ages and interests – most of them free - and our event is one of them. Events take place at venues throughout the city.

Yarnstorming Workshop Dates

Saturday 11 May 2019 - Spark: York - Platform
17-21 Piccadilly, York YO1 9PB

Monday 13 May 2019 – Rowntree Park Café 
Rowntree Park, Richardson Street, York, YO23 1JU 
14:00 – 16:00

Tuesday 21 May 2019 – Trafalgar Bay
7 Nunnery Lane, York, YO23 1AB
19:00 – 21:00

Friday 14 June 2019 – Rowntree Park Café 
Rowntree Park, Richardson Street, York, YO23 1JU
14:00 – 16:00

Drop in – all materials provided and leave your makes behind for display in the park.

Want to join in but can't make a workshop?
If you can't get to any of the workshops but still want to be involved you'll find some Tree & Leaf Patterns here.  In all there are five different tree and four leaf knitting patterns. 
Why not give them all a try?  If you'd prefer to stitch why not use the shapes of the knitted trees & leaves as inspiration for your stitching or go freestyle - more here.

Completed trees & leaves can be left at Rowntree Park Cafe, Rowntree Park, Richardson Street, York, YO23 1JU, or the Trafalgar Bay pub, 7 Nunnery Lane, York, YO23 1AB or dropped off at any of the workshops (see above).  If you use social media why not post a picture of your tree or leaf and use #TreeLeaves and #urbanforest in your post.

And you don't have to use these patterns - we'd be happy to have a knitted, stitched, felted or crocheted tree or leaf of your preferred design.

All Trees & Leaves to arrive by Saturday 22 June 2019 please.

When will the installation be up?
The Tree Leaves installation goes up in Rowntree Park on Wednesday 24 July 2019 (by the tennis courts, near the café and beyond),
weather permitting, and will be on display until the end of August 2019.

And afterwards? 
We have a number of plans for all the Tree Leaves after the installation comes down.

Some of the trees are going to  be sold to raise funds for the Woodland Trust which is the charity we are pleased to be supporting this year.  The Woodland Trust protects and campaigns on behalf of this country’s woods, plants trees, and restores ancient woodland for the benefit of wildlife and people.  Their vision is a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife.  With over 500,000 members and supporters, the Trust maintain over 1000 sites, a number of which are in the York area.  They also maintain a database of publicly accessible woodland which you can access here to plan your venture into the woods. And with their online info about native and non-native trees you can find out more about the trees you will see.   

Do watch out for details of our tree sales in September 2019!

Some of the trees from our installation will go to Bishopthorpe Road, York to bring an #urbanforest to the area round the recycling bins. All the leaves will be going on to decorate Spark: York.

Want to see what we've done before?

Yarnstorming Event in Rowntree Park - 2013


Brilliant Birds - 2017

The Tree Leaves project is sponsored by the Friends of Rowntree Park, Bettys & Taylors Group & Boyes