Art gets weird at Phenomena fest

Poetry, puppetry, dance, theatre and cabaret come together at Phenomena festival, which offers a week’s worth of bizarre and compelling interdisciplinary performances steeped in Dada and surrealism to get you in the mood for Halloween.

Moksha – Fibre Libre Showcases the Art of Knitting

Macrame, knitting, and crochet were once the domain of girl scouts, hippies and the over-65 set. Then knitting, like olive oil and salt, went haute and hip. Suddenly all the closet knitters came out en masse and they didn’t want that Pattons crap from Zellers. They wanted bamboo fair-trade needles and handspun, hand-dyed alpaca silk at $35 a skein.

Like many things in the DIY renaissance, these handcrafts not only found a more upmarket niche, but the skills were co-opted in the name of art. Yarn bombers tag street poles and trees with signature stitches.