**** A causa di mancanza di tempo, questo post sarà solo in inglese – volevo farlo uscire quanto prima, ma non sono riuscita a farlo bilingue, sorry! ****
Two weeks ago around midnight, my friend which is eight month pregnant, instead of resting as she would probably need, was surfing on internet, and she found an amazing event. Just because she doesn’t have time, in between work, all events she organizes, friends visiting, etc etc and not last her considerable belly, she wrote me, and starting the email with “please tell me that you don’t have time, that you are just about to leave for a month to China…” she told me about the project and how amazing would have been to organize it… then, as I am at least as crazy as her, and I don’t have time, and I should concentrate on my PhD, I found the idea really wonderful, so we decided to do it! And here the result
About the project and the event we organized:
“What does knitting have to do with urban? And with L’Aquila, a nice city in Italy whose historical centre was devasted by an earthquake three years ago?
Come next Wednesday 14/03 to the Blomqvists Espresso Bar (Rue Francart 14 – place Saint Boniface) from 18h to 21h30 and you will find out!
La Vita è Belga will meet with the Stitch ‘n Bitch group of Brussels for an alternative evening, to participate in the project: “Mettiamoci una pezza”. In practice, we will knit all together some coloured squares to send to L’Aquila, where squares received from all over the world will be sewn together and used to cover the entire city centre under a soft woolly layer, to make people aware of the fact that very little has been done to rebuild the city after the earthquake.
If you don’t know the group yet, you can discover theStitch ‘n Bitch concept: knitting and chatting in a nice friendly atmosphere!
If you don’t know how to knit and you would like to learn a bit, come and we will teach you! Some yarn balls and needles will be provided, but if you have some bring them.
And even if knitting is not really your thing, just come and have a drink with us, enjoy the nice bar of Vitalba (she’s a great cooker!) and discover more about this submerged but really active world: you will never look at a sweater with the same eyes…”
And the result:
We were a lot!!! This event put together a lot of people, really concentrated in making their squares, and chatting, having a nice hot chocolate (Vitalba is amazing for this!!!) or glass of wine, a cake coming directly from Sicily… Someone learned how to knit, and I am not allowed to make it public, but some rumors say that also a guy was taken in the loop…!!!
Pictures speak more than words….
Someone was really motivated and made some (many!!) squares at home. Last Sunday I collected all of them, and I was really impressed how many they are, made in only 4 days!!! Just have a look (to take the picture we had to move the table in the living room, we didn’t have enough free space on the floor!!!):
On Monday I sent them to L’Aquila, and now we just hope that newspapers and tv news will speak about this project, and even more important that something really concrete will be done soon to give to the historical center of L’Aquila a new life.
For the moment, a BIG BIG THANKS TO ALL PARTICIPANTS, organizers, bar tenders, knitters and supporters, YOU ARE WONDERFUL WOMEN!!!
Ps or small note on urban knitting:
Every time I saw pictures of urban knitting I thought: nice to see but what a waste of time and yarn, better to knit for people than for trees etc… first rain and everything is wet and has to be thrown away… if you want to do something nice, knit for some projects that help kids in hospital, homeless, etc… but this time the urban knitting had a final purpose, so I was really really happy to participate