Community Cast on: a knitting circle

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Monday was a blast!

Monday was fun. Karen and I went to Campus Marshus. It was a blast. We met a woman Kim who works for Govoner Granholm. We Taught her to knit. I think we had a total of 5 people come to the circle. We didn't get a chance to knit on the people mover. I am thinking I am going to bug a few people to come and we will be above birds as we ride around town. After the park I got a call from Kirsti and she invited me to the knitting circle at Sweetwaters Cafe. lookie...

Friday, August 26, 2005

fiber night in Dearborn

Fellow Knitters, Fiber Night in Dearborn is on the first Wednesday of the month, September 7th. Jofran called CityKnits the other day and talked to me about the community cast-on project, she asked me to bring the project to her little fiber night. "I am so excited I can hardly stand it." She tells me over the phone. So for her and her little circle we will be meeting on WEDNESDAY - September 7th, 7 to 9 pm. Dearborn, MI there will be healthy snacks..Please bring anyone you think might be interested. Please let me know if you are coming. Thanks so much. One very excited (can you tell?)Jofran and Lisa

If you would like more information or would like to host this at your knitting circle Please call..... Lisa

Thursday, August 25, 2005

This Sunday and Monday

Calling all Knitters

This sunday August 28th is the Indian Festival! We will have a space on the lawn at the Hart Plaza from 11 am to 10 pm. So come and hang out with us I think I might buy a Sari and wear it there! You will see our benches! Come and knit with us... we have 2 and a half feet to go!

Also Monday... we had to reschedual the Campus Marshes Lunch time knitting. We will be there On August 29th from noon to 2. Please respond to let me know that you will be there. I need at least 5 people to do the people mover tour. The only thing that you will need to bring is 50 cents for the token. We will leave the park a 2 and you can meet at the park before 2 and we will probably board the Grand Circus Park Station #13.

Hope to see you there.

happy knitting,
Lisa Whiting

The Michigan State Fair.

Well, I took the project to the State fair last Sunday. Karen and Larry came with and we had a blast. I think we knitted about 4 more inches on it, maybe more. It is really getting big.

We taught so many people to knit, I would say over a dozen people learned Sunday including Ken Cockrel's little girls.

We had a marathon knitter, Kylie Hess, who spent the whole day with us. Her family decided that the state fair would be "family fun day" and she was not in to it. Well when I was 17 I didn't want to spend an entire day at the fair either. This project was her saving grace. She even got a job offer from Karen at the end of the day!

So, I have had three diffrent people sugest that this project be a scarf for the spirit of Detroit at the end. Let's take a survey...

What would you like to see this be at the end of the project?

a. scarf for the Spirit of Detroit?
b. A sculpture at a gallery?
c. A house cozy?
d. you make a sugestion.

happy knitting,
Lisa Whiting

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Taste Fest, July 4th, 2005

Thanks to Suzan Grant for these great pictures of the knit fest at Tastefest! This is our cast on. I think we got 3 inches that day.
The orginal cast on crew was me, Lisa Whiting, Lynne Wardrop, Karen Kendrick-Hands, Bruce Mathieu, Ruth Quah, Deanna VanAsche, Kelly Cronin, and Charels our DPS prodigy.

Project updates!

Hello Fellow Knitters:

First and formost I want to thank you for being apart of this project! It could not have happened with out you. I am so happy to be apart of a community such as this. I am looking forward to seeing you again! We still have more places to see and more people to teach to knit. So here's an update on the Community Cast-on Project:

The piece is now 2 feet long. Our goal is to reach at least 5 feet before the bind-off ceremony at the DIA on Saturday September 17. We started at the Detroit TasteFest with the cast on at the Knit Fest in the park. We had a great group of people who started and continued to work on this for those first few days. It has also traveled to Clair Michigan to the Apple Tree Lane craft fair per Karen Kendrick-Hands, owner of City Knits, "The best place for yarn in Detroit" We need you to join us to knit on the following dates to reach and exceed our goal of 5 feet:

Saturday August 13th , at the Woodbridge Summer Festival in Scripps Park, along Trumbull at Grand River. From 3 pm to 10 pm
Wednesday. August 17th , at the New Center Farbman Picnic from 11:30 am, to 1 pm at the New Center One building on Second & Grand Boulevard.
Sunday August 21st , 9 am to 10 pm, Agriculture Building, Michigan State Fair, on Woodward, South of eight mile.
Monday August 29th, Touring Day, Plan to ride with us on a SMART BUS, Knit at noon at Campus Martius, and knit in the round as we ride around Downtown on the People Mover. Request details from Lisa at
Sunday August 28th, noon to close, Taste of India Festival, Hart Plaza, Jefferson at Woodward, Detroit.
Monday September 5th, Noon to close Arts, Beats & Eats, location TBA,
Saturday September 10th, 3 pm to close, Dally in the Alley, look for us around Prentiss and Second, near Cass in Detroit.
BIND-OFF DAY!!!!!! Saturday September. 17th, 12 noon to 4pm in the DIA Galleries and Studio.

Also, if you want to host this at your knitting circle we can travel to you. Just let me know when and where and I will be there. To plan this give me a call ... or email me at If you have blogs or chat sites that you can post this on, please feel free to spread the news.

Again thanks for everything and Happy Knitting,

Lisa Whiting