Posts by Deadly Knitshade

Berlin: Bobbing Bear-lin Luftballons – the Movie

Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 in Berlin Book Launch, Deadly Knitshade, Germany, How We Made, Lady Loop, Movies, Shorn-a the Dead, Travelling Yarnstorms | Comments Off on Berlin: Bobbing Bear-lin Luftballons – the Movie

Berlin: Bobbing Bear-lin Luftballons – the Movie

In these dark and dismal times of civil unrest, crashing stockmarkets and tins of baked beans that cost an arm and a leg, the world really is in need of a bit of handmade magic. Back in March we travelled all the way to Berlin to release some of our woolly mischief overseas. Pariser Platz in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate saw a little bit of sneaky stitching. Well, maybe not quite so sneaky considering how many people slowed down their city shuffle to watch. Starring Knit the City, a very tall and very helpful passing giant, frogs, bears, snakes and sausages, KTC’s stalking entourage and the rather lovely people of Berlin; grab your popcorn, settle down in a comfy chair and witness… Bobbing Bear-lin Luftballons: the Movie The Bobbing Bear-lin Luftballons was yarnstormed in a rather chilly Pariser Platz by the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, in front of a scary amount of press and a lovely crowd, on March 5 2011 by Deadly Knitshade, Shorn-a the Dead and Lady Loop. The square was yarnstormed to celebrate our brand-new book Knit the City, Knit the City –Maschenhaft Seltsames being released in Germany. Woo hoo! You can see the story of the Bobbing Bear-lin Luftballons story here. Huge thanks (as ever) to the fabulous folks at Alt Artist for stalking us all the way to Berlin and managing to hold the camera steady despite the cold. We salute you! (And possibly owe you some handknit...

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Permission to Yarnstorm: Handmade Heroes! The Knit the City Book Launch

Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 in Book Launch, Books, Deadly Knitshade, Events, Lady Loop, London, London Book Launch, Movies, Permission to Yarnstorm, Shorn-a the Dead, The Fastener, Yarn Corps, Yarnstorms | 1 comment

Permission to Yarnstorm: Handmade Heroes! The Knit the City Book Launch

when the Knit Signal shone on the skies above Soho, the KTC Yarn Corps: Deadly Knitshade, Shorn-a the Dead, The Fastener and Lady Loop, leapt into the Knitmobile and faster than a stitched speeding bullet hotfooted it our book launch.

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Permission to Yarnstorm: Tate Britain Unexpected Artworks

Posted by on Sep 14, 2011 in Deadly Knitshade, London, Permission to Yarnstorm, The Fastener, Yarnstorms | Comments Off on Permission to Yarnstorm: Tate Britain Unexpected Artworks

Permission to Yarnstorm: Tate Britain Unexpected Artworks

What happens when one of London’s most famous art museums invites two of London’s most infamous sneaky stitchers through the doors and lets them bring the yarnstorm with them? Simple really. We took the art world and our world of woolly mischief and squished them together. Deadly Knitshade and The Fastener yarnstormed Tate Britain in arty style… The Fastener conjured up colours from the Tate’s collection. All that painty potential squeezed into tiny tubes ready to break free and run riot on the canvas, patiently waiting to be dabbed onto the end of a brush and turned into art. The Fastener’s Crochet Tubes of Tate Colour were a needle-made nod in the direction of some of the most famous paintings in the Tate’s collection: And all three colours bloom in one of Tate Britain’s most famous paintings too (if only Ophelia has taken up graffiti knitting things might have ended more happily for her). Deadly Knitshade had artists of her own in mind. Artists whose gallery was a little less usual than the hallowed halls of London’s art museums. The art of the spray can and stencil was about to get squishy. As Picasso once said “The bad artists imitate, the great artists steal.” (a quote which Banksy then stole). Deadly Knitshade’s Stitched Street Art Salute pinched iconic images from street graffiti’s best known artists and turned them into woolly works of art.  Tate Britain successfully stitched up. Mischief managed.     Tate Britain Unexpected Artworks was yarnstormed at Tate Britian’s Tate Late event on  September 2 2011 by Deadly Knitshade and The Fastener. Thanks in stitched spadeloads to Tate Britain (and the helpful and art-loving Aimee and Adrian) for inviting us to yarnstorm. It was an honour to be showcased amongst such amazing artists and we’re proud to have been able to bring the sneaky stitch to one of London’s loveliest museums. For more on this yarnstorm check out: Deadly Knitshade’s Stitched Street Art Salute The Fastener’s Stitching Up the...

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Book Launch Yarnstorm: The Knit the City Book finally lives!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2011 in Book Launch, Books, London, London Book Launch | Comments Off on Book Launch Yarnstorm: The Knit the City Book finally lives!

Book Launch Yarnstorm: The Knit the City Book finally lives!

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! It’s alive! Alive we tell you! ALIVE!!!

After months of waiting while the German edition of Knit the City stomped its way across Europe, a new yarnstorming wonder of wool and words is hatched in English at last. Woo hoo!

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Berlin: The lonesome tale of the Woolly Currywurst

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 in Berlin Book Launch, Deadly Knitshade, Germany, Lady Loop, Shorn-a the Dead, Travelling Yarnstorms, Yarnstorms | 2 comments

Berlin: The lonesome tale of the Woolly Currywurst

The last installment of our Berlin Book Launch: So far our book launch had included floating fairytale Brothers Grimm and ‘I heart Berlin’ bears, flying frog princes, and skybound riverside squid. All of them had enjoyed a bit of the book-launch limelight. It was almost time to pack up our yarn and go home. But someone hadn’t had their fifteen minutes of fame, and that someone was a spicy stitched sausage. Shorn-a the Dead had created a Woolly Currywurst to bring to Berlin and in all the excitement he’d been overshadowed and left all alone. For those not in the know the Currywurst is something of a star in Germany. It consists of a German pork sausage smothered in a ketchuppy sauce with curry powder on top, and over 800 million of the sausagey treats are sold every year. Even Wikipedia tells anyone who cares to look that “The currywurst is an icon of German popular culture.” Our Woolly Currywurst clearly wasn’t getting the star sausage treatment he so richly deserved. It was a wrong that had to be righted. First we took him to a real live fast food joint to see where many Currywurst were born. Next we hooked him up with some hungry bespectacled Berlin tourists who he partied with for several hours. I’m sorry to say things got a bit out of hand. At one point our Woolly Currywurst was seen dancing on the table, flinging fries and sauce with wild abandon. Lucky for us a stitched sausage only has so much energy. Eventually the party was over. Once we were recovered it was off outside for a brisk walk. Things, however, got a little hairy as a furry passerby fell for the Currywurst’s charms. Then emotions ran high when we introduced him to his meaty brethren and spicy snack food family. There were tasty tears of reunion happiness. Awwwwwww. And as the book launch adventure drew to a close there was only one place we could think of that was deserving of our celebrity Currywurst. We finally arrived at Berlin’s famous Currywurst Museum! (We kid you not. Look!) The staff inside were ever so welcoming to their brand-new woolly Wurst. They also hid the fact that they thought we were quite mad very well indeed. Our Woolly Currywurst might be smothered in spicy sauce but he’s nobody’s fool. He checked out the place to make sure it was fit for a king Currywurst. And at last he was satisfied. Here was where he would lay his woolly head (we’re not sure which end his head is but he seemed happy). We placed him under the Currywurst Ticker and said our goodbyes to a spicy sausage like no other. *dabs at eyes with napkin* Auf Wiedersehen, Woolly Currywurst, and goodbye Berlin. We had the best German Book Launch ever. Thanks for having us! The Lonesome Tale of the Woolly Currywurst was played out in the sunny city of Berlin on March 7 2011 by Shorn-a the Dead (who knit both the sausage and the sauce and fries), with Deadly Knitshade and Lady Loop. The Currywurst was created to celebrate our brand-new book Knit the City –Maschenhaft Seltsames being released in Germany. Small dog pic used with kind permission from MrHillMonster. A huge woolly hug to Ulla, Susanne and the team in Berlin at our lovely publishers, Hoffmann und Campe, for making us so welcome in your wonderful city. We had a fantastic time and we plan to come back soon. Apologies for taking so very long to blog it. I’ve been writing the UK version...

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