Saturday, April 3, 2010

wild woman knits

Above are wild bird nests at Paya Indah Wetlands in Malaysia (by the way, this wetlands is now closed and it's fate is uncertain...). Below are the wild bird nests knitted by artist Karen Jelenfy, with drawings by her twelve year old partner, Katie. They teamed up as part of the mentoring program "Branching Out" at Belfast, Maine's Waterfall Arts.
As part of the exhibit, Karen gathered knitters together on Saturday and taught us how to knit our own wild nests.
Karen's knitted nests are beautiful, each one a different shape and color.
Naturally, because we were a group of knitters, we had to see the had knits everyone was wearing. Sara Brand-New was wearing a gorgeous roomy cabled sweater which is the first sweater she ever knit, plus a skirt knit from a pattern she found at Yarns in the Farms in Beverly, Massachusetts. You can see the pattern on their website.

Adorable! And she is knitting it, below, in a larger size - from the bottom up.

Above is Astrig Tanguay, of mid-coast Maine's Fiber College. The vest is knit from a fleece she spun.
Karen's daughter Roxanne was there! In a reverse of the usual way of things in knitting, Roxanne taught her mother to knit several years ago.
We were all busy making nests...
And wearing our beautiful hand knits.


Village Books said...


Knitting Out Loud said...

We all had a great time, Karen!!!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

I *love* this! I have a kit to knit a bird's nest - but it's more traditionally shaped. These are so cute and creative ~ as are the hand knits you all are wearing :)

Knitting Out Loud said...

Thank you, Mr. P's KB! There was a big discussion about hanging them outside with bird seed in them. I wonder if you will use yours inside as a basket?

I love bird nests and just found a great link Lots of knitting inspiration here!

raining sheep said...

I love that flirty little skirt - so pretty and cute. The nests interest me. I enjoy art from fiber and specifically anything that has that organic, 'nature' look. Wish I could see those. I am off to the desert on Friday and can't wait to feel that warm weather :)

Knitting Out Loud said...

I hope the desert is in bloom for you. Have a great time in the sun!

knithound brooklyn said...

I love the idea of making bird nests! That's one step further than what I do now, which is to leave the little end clippings outside so the birds can take them and incorporate them into their nests. I might have to work up some samples for my backyard.

Knitting Out Loud said...

There were knitters at the "knit-in" who also left the ends out for the birds! Great idea.