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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Knitting for art

Many knitters like to make stuff for charity. In addition to local causes (e.g., preemie caps for local hospitals), there are a number of national projects, such as Save the Children's Caps to the Capital campaign (knit and crochet caps for newborns in nonindustrialized nations) and the Orphan Foundation of America's Red Scarf Project.

What I haven't heard much about is knitting for art--until now (thanks to the Craft blog). Performer/artist/writer/filmmaker Kristina Wong is asking for donations of unfinished knitting projects for her show "Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." The show examines the high rates of mental illness and suicide among Asian Pacific Islander American women, and Wong plans to use the pieces to represent "unravelling women." After the show, the pieces will be sewn together to make blankets for charity and any leftover yarn skeins will be donated.

You can see her request and all the details for sending her stuff on her blog. Or check out the Craft post about it.

Doesn't this sound like fun? A nice, guilt-free way to get rid of some of those knitting projects that you know you'll never finish but just can't admit it to yourself because, darn it, you spent a lot of time on them and you just hate to be a quitter. By sending her your unfinished knitting, you get to clean out your closet, help a performer, and get credited for "set construction" in the program. (Then you'll be one step closer to getting that Equity card! Yeah!)

Surely you have stuff you can send to Kristina. I know I do...


PShorten said...

I couldn't find the link to donate my knitting...can you send it to me? I have a bath mat/towel/shawl that needs a good home!

Thursday, December 07, 2006 8:38:00 AM  
Marsha Brofka-Berends said...

Pat, don't tell me that you're throwing in the towel on the towel!

(I've just edited the post so it links directly to Kristina's post about this project instead of to her blog homepage.)

Thursday, December 07, 2006 8:49:00 AM  
Anonymous said...

This is so cool! She totally getting that poncho!

Thursday, December 07, 2006 1:22:00 PM  

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