Yay Yarn!

Especially for the ones for whom yarn bombing takes too much time (by the sizes needed), Mail Art is the way to go!
You can knit and send lighthousessnowmen, envelopes, or simply knit.
You can weave or even crochet mail art cards (thank you again, Thom!).

Some months ago I rediscovered Spool Knitting (also known as Punniken, Tricotin, Strickliesel, リリヤン, Caterinetta, Bobentrikilo - anyone who knows the word in other languages?).

While creating, suddenly this Snail Mail Snail shown above appeared.
Below there was a new snail-to-be born (temporary put on a public transport chair, here) but suddenly I decided to give the result to a little girl who was watching very interested and who might be our mail art colleague within 15 years or so :-)

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Comment by Heleen de Vaan on July 2, 2014 at 7:34pm

Thank you, Val!

And yes, the three punnik threads have been sewn together, as have the eyes. The antennas have been braided. No, the butterfly came out of a punniked caterpillar.

But yes, also you can sew pieces of gepunnikt thread together, supposing that you have a needle at your disposal (if not: please let me know, then I'll send one to you [supposing that needles are allowed to pass the customers freely] or ask your neighbours).

(So no, I don't believe you couldn't sew! :-)

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on July 2, 2014 at 6:49pm

Luverly Flutterby!

Is it sewn togeather? (I can't sew, alas)

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on July 2, 2014 at 4:58pm

My second ever spool knit Butterfly! (Also posted there.)

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on June 30, 2014 at 3:02pm

Inspiring! PunnikVal

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on May 4, 2014 at 4:54pm

A beautiful envelope arrived! An turquoise knitted envelope with orange button. Greatly created by Eva.

With very nice content (among them an inspiring-for-knitting Giraffe, and a paper named Controle nr 21; 21 is my favourite number, great!).

And look, the 'Magyar posta' logo, and see, those 'Par Avion' stickers!

Funny is that the heart-in-box looks 3 dimensional on this photo, but in real it's really a 2D picture! And how coincidentally, the Lily of the Valley: I happened to be in Paris on 1st of May (when this mail art was travelling), and we saw these delicious smelling flowers (Muguet in French) being sold and held everywhere. 'Bonheur' a French lady replied when I asked her what meaning this flower has on this day.

I'm completely happy. Greast work, thank you very much, Eva!!

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on February 2, 2014 at 8:54pm

Thank you all for your kind comments!

I was busy preparing mail snails for all of you, too, and I had the spool-knitted yarn almost ready.
However... (for Thom: 'again', sorry!..) please have some more patience. Because, concerning my yarn projects: I have to first finish a rather complicated subject...
We've got a Cube-solver in da family, and I was asked to knit a Rubik's cube asap...
This is the result so far (while da family member solves cubes, I have to solve confused threads :-)

As soon as this has been finished, I'm going back to the punnik-mail-snails. To be continued!..

Comment by vizma bruns on November 9, 2013 at 1:39am

The eternal knitwork!

Comment by Thom Courcelle on November 8, 2013 at 6:49pm

These are great!  I love-love-LOVE the snail!  Such a cute guy!

Comment by Suus in Mokum on November 8, 2013 at 11:57am
Nicg blog, Heleen. Like the GVB-background ;)
Comment by Heleen de Vaan on November 8, 2013 at 11:56am

And Yes! Received from Suus in/from Mokum!

This wonder mixed media spool knitted work of Mail Art!

I've never used cotton for spool knitting so far, but Suus did, and the result is amazing. Love it - thank you Suus!



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