Monday, November 12, 2012

Bitten by Bunting Bug

Up until last week I had managed to avoid catching the bunting bug. "It's cute", I thought, "but I dont' have to go there." This weekend that changed.
I received an email from the organisers of the Merlynston Diverse Voices Festival. I'm going to have a stall there next weekend, so I was already interested in whatever they're doing. It turns out there are a bunch of knitters involved in creating a long string of bunting to drape around the Merlynston Progress Hall. Knitted bunting! Who knew?
Saving the Merlynston Progress Hall is a major community focus. Making a knitted contribution hooked me right in.
The pattern is courtesy of the UK Womens' Weekly. It's a neat little knit: stocking stitch with shaped decreases. Easy enough to stitch through without any stress; interesting enough to hold my attention for the number of minutes required to get it done in one sitting. I thought I'd start with just one. Next day, I've made three and I'm dying to cast on another. They're due in tomorrow, so maybe not. Then again, they might be able to add to the bunting on the day. And it's an ongoing project, so it's never too late to join in.
Of course, while I'm knitting away, I'm designing alternatives in my head: different stitch patterns; big bunting; little bunting; crochet bunting; what about a double-knit version! So I think I've caught the bunting bug. I don't know if there's a cure. What's more, I don't care!


Dee said...

Hahaha. That is so funny. I too have been holding out on the bunting bug. I can see how addictive it is. I too may yet succumb, but time is keeping me away at present. Perhaps if an occasions arrises such as your singing, crafting, building saving fair... It does sound like a worthy cause.
I have missed your posts of late and began to wonder if you were having computer issues again as I also haven't had any comments from you on my posts, but then saw you have still been active on fb. Hope all is well.

Dee said...

Welcome to the club ! There is no known cure at this stage.....
Super cute bunting.

Hope you are having a great week, the other Dee

Kate Campbell said...

I love it! Knitted bunting... I can't wait to see the other designs... I saw some crochet snow flake bunting on another bog I was looking at.... F C bunting? The choices are endless and I'm excited to see what you do Chiara, you amazing, creative woman!