Wednesday, February 3, 2010


The First craft of Spring will return in just a few weeks....please check out the new website, as this one will soon be gine....all posts from 2009 have been saveed to the new page

hugs and daffodils

Monday, March 23, 2009

Daffodil project extended!

Did you love this idea but find out late? Participated but crave more? Than you're in luck. Let's keep the project going. Why not? The real flowers have started to bloom, but when wouldn't a lovely crafted daffodil not be appreciated. KEEP PLANTING!!!!
and don't forget to add a positive quote, and a tag with the following on it.
First Craft of Spring

and most importantly, email me pictures of your flowers and they'll be posted to the blog.

The new Booze & yarn website will be up soon to accomodate all the lovely finished works.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Corinna plants in NYC!

I planted several around the city, but this one was my favorite, as the inspiration for this project came from a flower growing out of a brick wall.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Jenny plants in Brooklyn!

I love the picture of dog and flower!!! so fantastic.


Sommer Plants in Brooklyn!

Here are some photos of my lone daffodil and a pic of it "planted" in a weird garden at a funeral home on court street in carroll gardens. i ended up going a completely different route than i originally intended!

I used my kitchen tea towel as a muse and then butchered it. the colors are a bit crazy, but i think it looks like a daffodil.

I embroidered the "peace" and "love" on the leaves and the stem is a wooden dowel wrapped in green yarn. i used wire as an armature for the leaves and a few of the petals for shaping. for a last minute project, i was quite pleased with the result, and hope you like it, too! can't wait to see more pictures of everyone else's!

I Love this tea towel flower!!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Nomi plants in Austin, TX!

Now that I’m a pre-school teacher I got alittle inspiration and planting help from my students.
We planted the flower on our playground and had long talks about what the attached note meant.
I made my daffodil from felt, embroidery floss and a popsicle stick.

Nomi Joy Parker is currently a pre-school teacher, artist/photographer/craft-
creator transplanted 2 springs ago from brooklyn ny to austin texas.

Fantastic Nomi!!!

Meredith plants in NYC!

Meredith: "I hit up bits of the East Village, and midtown from 57th - 37th. It was fun! What a trip with the snow this morning though!"

My favorite is the one tucked into the Strand Bookstore's $1 book rack!

Fiber Deviant "plants" in Greenvile, SC (Main Street)!

hi, Corinna!
just wanted to send you pics of my "planted" daffodils in downtown Greenville, SC... thanks for thinking up such a great project! i loved participating! and hope to see pics all over from other participants!

I ended up making 2 daffodils for The First Craft of Spring ( or ) public art project. Choosing the quote for the project was easy... "Be the change you want to see in the world ... Ghandi", has always been a favorite of mine. It puts the power of change on the individual... you don't have to wait for change to come... YOU can be the change!

I "planted" both of my daffodils in downtown Greenville on Main St., figuring that would be the area in which they had the most impact. Sugar Daddy helped me "plant" these at around 1 am; it was a little more difficult than I had imagined... lots of people (and policemen!) are still out and about downtown at that time. It was really hard being inconspicuous!

I chose the statue of Joel Poinsett , who was a physician, botanist and American statesman, as the spot for the daffodil in the pot cozy... it is right downtown, close to city hall. I think it will have good visibility there.

And then I chose the statue representing Sterling High School, which was South Carolina's first public black high school.

My hope for participating in this project is to highlight some Greenville history; and to inspire change... change that starts at an individual level -- but will end up impacting the world.


my contact info:
Ravelry ID: fiberdeviant

Melissa plants 38 flowers in NYC!

Melissa planted 38 of her fabulous Daffodil Joker cards today!!!!

Here's what Melissa has to say about here art:
its a silly joker card i drew up with a rad Darwin quote on the back of them.
i wanted to use a joker card because i always find random cards around the city
when i am walking around and whenever i play cards (with my crazy italian family)
the joker is always the lucky card to have. so i figured bringing some luck to fellow
new yorkers today. :)

Love it Melissa, send along the planted pictures!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Artist Showcase! Ariel

Ariel experimented with wire and beads. The quote is part of a longer quote by Rabbi Hillel. The entire quote is:
If I am not for me, who will be?
If I am only for me, who am I?
If not now, when?

I love it! Have fun planting it tomorrow, Ariel!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Only 1 week 'til Booze & Yarn returns!

Hope you all can join us on March 18th for a drunken, pre spring, knitting extravaganza.
For those of you who have yet to attend B&Y, check out the video promo here . . .

Read more about the event on March 18th, 2009 at Otto's Shrunken head here. . .


Monday, March 9, 2009

Artist Showcase - Meredith!

Painter Meredith Zinn and the Studio Collective join up with Booze & Yarn to welcome spring!

For more on the Studio Collective, and Meredith follow the link below....

Meredith always blows me away!

Artist showcase - Jennifer!

Jennifer sent us some great shots of her first flower.
Her dogs love them too, which pleases me to know end ('cause i've got two silly cats who won't leave my projects alone either).

Way to go Jennifer, keep em coming!

Saturday, March 7, 2009


Yarn Market News blogged a lovely writeup of The First Craft of Spring project yesterday.
I'm so pleased people are taking to this, and I can't wait to see the pieces that everyone creates.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Artist showcase - Joanna!

Joanna sent us a link to photos of her amazing crocheted daffodil today.
Check out her Blog for the full scoop.

You rock Joanna!!!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Show me your Daffodil

Dear Artists,
My knitted daffodils are piling up and I was curious to know how all of you talented artists are tackling this project. If you would like to be featured in an artist showcase on the blog, email me your story, a picture of your project in progress and you'll get to be a First Craft of Spring star!!


Monday, February 23, 2009

Booze & Yarn in session March 18th! FREE!!!!

Dear crafters & booze hounds alike,
Booze & Yarn will be in session from 6-9pm on March 18th at Otto's Shrunken Head on 14th street between avenue A&B. 

The set up is informal as always. I teach free knitting instruction to any and all levels of knitting skill. You can learn the basics, get help on a project in progress, or pick my brain for patterns and design ideas. Tips are greatly appreciated, and beginning knitter kits are available for sale at class (but must be reserved in advance by email). 

see more information on the $20 kits, which include yarn, needles an instructional comic book, and a custom tote bag on the website

Hope you all can join us!
And yes, as it is 2 days before the Daffodil project deadline, I am more than happy to help people interested in working on that project, while at class.

Please email me to reserve a beginner's kit or with any questions about the class/social circle.

You can also see a video promo for the class here.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Knitted Daffodil pattern

1 set - 4 double pointed needles (DPNs), size 9
Flower: 1 ball - Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick – Orange (Pumpkin 133)
Stem: Patons Classic Wool – Green (Deep Olive) – using a Double strand of yarn

1 chopstick, thick wire, or stick to use for the stem.

this pattern does not need to be an exact gauge. If using medium weight yarn (as I did for the stem), use 2 strands of yarn at the same time.

Flute (flower center)
Using 4 DPNs and Orange yarn, cast on 9 stitches. Divide sts onto 3 needles, and join yarn to work in the round.

Rows 1-8: Knit
Row 9: *yo, k3* repeat across row (12 sts on needles)
Row 10: knit
Row 11: *yo, k4* repeat across row (15 sts on needles)
Row 12: knit

Row 13: *yo, k2tog* repeat across row , ending yo, k1
Row 14: Bind off loosely.

Petals (make 5)
Using 2 DPNs and Orange Yarn, cast on 3 sts
Row 1: Increase in each st (6 sts on needle)
Row 2: k1, p4, k1
Row 3: k1, yo, k4, yo, k1

Row 4: k1, p6, k1
Row 5: k1, yo, k6, yo, k1
Row 6: k1, p8, k1

Row 7: k4, k2tog, k4
Row 8: k1, p7, k1
Row 9: k3, k3tog, k3
Row 10: k1, p5, k1
Row 11: k2, k3tog, k2
Row 12: k1, p3, k1

Row 13: k1, k3tog, k1
Row 14: k1, p1, k1
Row 15: k3

Row 16: p3tog
Cut yarn, and draw tail through last remaining loop.

Using 2 DPNs and Green yarn (2 strands), cast on 4 sts.

Work I-Cord for 8 inches (or desired length). Bind off.

Sew cast on (wide edge) edge of petals to the cast on (narrow) end of flute.

Conceal all loose tails of yarn for petals and and flute inside of the I-Cord.
Sew I-Cord to base of flower.
Run the chopstick, wire, or stick through the I-Cord to create a strong stem.
Weave in any remaining yarn ends.
Please email me with questions or for a printer friendly copy of this pattern.


First Craft of Spring - Public knitting art project - Call for Artists!!

First Craft of Spring
Deadline: March 20th, 2009

Booze & Yarn and The Studio Collective have joined forces to create a widespread public art project.

Flowers born from icy winter grounds are the embodiment of renewal and hope, and in this year of change and new beginnings, I would like to invite you all to be a part of a hopeful, constructive public art project.

On the first day of spring (March 20th), the world will wake to find large, beautifully hand crafted Daffodils dotting our urban landscape. The goal is to inspire people to use grassroots, peaceful methods to bring about change.

1. The only flower type to be used for this project is the Daffodil.

2. Daffodils can be knitted, crocheted, sewn, drawn, screened. Any artistic medium is accepted.

2. Each flower should have a tag with a positive message or quote. You can use any message you want. there will be suggested quotes and lines on the blog website if you need ideas. The tag should be easily visible to viewers

3. Each tag must say below the quote: "First Craft of Spring" The Homepage of Booze & Yarn will have a link to the First Craft of Spring project blog.

4. On March 20th, earlier in the day the better, find locations anywhere on your daily route, and "plant" your flowers.

5. Take a photograph of each flower you plant. Cell phone pictures are fine in a pinch. Email them to me to post, or post them to the blog yourself with a location, your name, and the medium. You can also include contact details to you, your artwork or your website.

Make as many flowers as you can, and plant them anywhere and everywhere.

Please pass this call for artists on to as many people in as many cities as possible.

I will post the pattern for this knitted daffodil tomorrow to be used by anyone that would like to.

I will also post a printable file for a tag you can use.

Hope you all can participate in this public art experiment!