the Blanton Project – a knitted wonderland

Photo courtesy of Carolyn Bettelheim, a project volunteer.

One week from Friday, Knitta Please and a team of over 140 Austin crafters will cover each of the 99 trees in the Blanton’s Faulkner Plaza with knitting (or crochet). The project, titled A Knitted Wonderland, is in collaboration with UT’s Blanton Museum of Art, and will be on exhibit from March 5-18, 2011, coinciding with the Blanton’s new exhibit Recovering Beauty and UT’s annual open house, Explore UT. Come out to see the installation and hear Magda Sayeg, founder of Knitta, speak on Saturday, March 5th.

The most exciting part, however, is this: community knitters and crocheters have powered 99.5% of the production and installation of this project. We could not have made this happen without these amazing volunteers. Over the next week, as part of our thanks, we will be highlighting some of these crafters right here on the Knitta blog. Stay tuned to learn about the talent and enthusiasm behind the latest Knitta Please project.

In the meantime, visit the project’s Facebook page and read about it over here at the Statesman.

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Update:

Meet our volunteers – Heather Sutherland of the Knotty Knitters,  Darrell Farris of Men Who Knit, The Girls’ School of Austin, The Griffin School

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