Thursday, February 19, 2009

Cat's Out of the Bag

Somewhere I once read that HH the Dalai Lama admits to being really terrible at keeping secrets. At least we have one thing in common. Never tell me a secret because I just can't keep it to myself. I have given up trying to convince anyone otherwise.

I can't even keep my own secrets. So, I am spilling the beans about the Lion Brand Studio window because 1. there was no point to making it secret in the first place and 2. this blog would be pretty boring with just me writing "still knitting!" until March 2nd.

The theme of the window is called "Knit NY". It is a slice of midtown from about 32nd Street to 54th Street looking west from the East River. Every building will be covered in knit (or crochet) wear. Kind of like Red Grooms meets, well, Robyn Love. And since this will be the spring window, spring time will be in the air.

I recruited two architectural students, Howard and Julie, to make the model of the buildings that will be covered. They had a hard time letting go of their well-schooled architectural selves that told them to include every detail. I would have been happy if they can made a bunch of vague rectangular shapes but instead, they have created a gorgeous model of midtown.

I almost hate to cover them! I will have some better photos after I pick the rest of the buildings this weekend. Their Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Citicorp Center are so lovely. I hope I can do them justice. The buildings pictured here are some of the more random fill-in buildings - still perfectly to scale and actual replicas of buildings found in midtown.

They won't be so crushed together. Julie and Howard also made a beautiful template to lay them out on. What must it be like to be the kind of person who can measure and make straight lines? Sigh...I'll never know!

Here is my United Nations. I ran out of yarn for part of it, so it remains in pieces at the moment.

Work in progress. So much more to go! Fortunately, I also recruited a dear friend, Sono, who has the ability to create any three-dimensional object in knit or crochet. Sono is making all the fun stuff - flowers, birds, squirrels, all the denizens of this magical, comical, lively, colourful slice of New York.


Patti Blaine said...

Robyn, it looks beautiful! Thanks for letting the cat out. :)

dorina said...

so amazing and fun! and sono's squirrels are very cute . .