Hello lovelies! Beginning of the week post, no rants, though, just some yarny lovc.
So, this last weekend was the Global Yarn Bomb-a-Long with my lovely group of hookers from Treblemaking Hookers, https://www.facebook.com/TreblemakingHookers. For those of you who don’t know, yarn-bombing, yarn-storming, guerilla knitting or crocheting is all the same thing, it’s a yarny form of graffiti, which, technically, is illegal, though most don’t get prosecuted for, it just gets taken down. Projects can be big, like an entire panel to cover a pole or a tree or an Albert Einstein statue, or they can be smaller, hats on statues, bunting, cute little things hanging from trees… you get the idea. When your piece, or what yarn bombers call their “installation” is big, you have to plan to remove it. People don’t always mind a yarn bomb, but old, faded and tattered yarn is, well, not good. I have big project phobia, after a bit, no matter what it will be, I don’t like working on it, so I make smaller pieces, pretty often skulls, hearts, or flowers, all that fit in the palm of my hand. They’re small, easy to take and “install,” AND, for me, the coolest part, always gone after a bit. It’s kind of my way of spreading a bit of yarny love around. I make something I love, put it somewhere that one might not normally see yarn, and, at least in my head, someone walks by, sees it, and falls in love. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
A couple weeks ago, I asked the group how many might be interested in an impromptu group activity, and got a great response! There were so many who hadn’t before, but wanted to, and I have to say I am absolutely impressed with all my hookers! So many made such lovely items, all with the intent of the yarny bits of love being taken, it makes my heart smile even now. We’re from all over the world, and just happen to love yarn, and hooking, and, well, sharing.
Anne’s children helped her yarn bomb! The youngest helped with tags and the oldest helped install. I didn’t put tags on mine, but a wee note telling people to take a bit of yarny love home with them makes me happy! The tag says “Give this whimsie a good home”– Awwwww!
This was made by Carole, and her husband helped her install at night! She said they had a great time, and laughed lots! Incidentally, when they got home, a fire had started in a neighboring home, and because they were just getting home, they saw it, and her husband put the fire out… how cool to go from yarn bombing to being heroes!
Katie made a very lovely bracelet for a Crepe Myrtle! I love this! Beautiful and springy, it makes me smile to think of decorated trees! I”ve never done this type of yarn bomb before, but I do love it!
Tracy made a sweet Bo Peep and some sheep that she fully expected to be taken, which made me wonder where she lived so I could run over there and see people smile at the cuteness, and watch for the person who was finally brazen enough to walk away with them…SO CUTE! Her neighbors should feel lucky!
Denise likes to do this on the regular! She makes cute little stuffies, names them and then leaves them all over town while doing her errands, LOVE HER! She left her yarn bombs with tags AND NAMES at the library in different sections, and an elephant at Lowe’s. Makes you want to go to the library, doesn’t it!
Fatima braved the weather to put lovely bunting up on this sign. She said it sprinkled a bit, but the lovely garland was still there later on when she went to take sunny pictures. Flowers are a lovely sign of spring, and Fatima is helping spring along!
Dreamcatcher made wonderful bookmarks with cute tags and placed them all over! How wonderful to be walking along and see a very cute bookmark with a tag that tells you to take it! Every time those folks are reading they will remember that day!
Kim made the cutest little Tin Man, he even has an axe! And those wee things hanging from the barbed wire?.. Hearts! What else would the Tin Man be climbing barbed wire for? The hearts are teeny AND crocheted as well!
The Mad Crochet Scientist made a skull and a small note saying that he needed a new home. She went back a bit later to the bench where she placed him, but he’d already found a new home within an hour…cool.
Amanda decorated a park near her with lovely bunting and snails. She had her brother and his friend help her, and they played on the playground, so not only did they spread love, but also had fun! And they were all gone when she went back, so someone has cute bits of yarny love from an anonymous wonderful person!!!
De’Anna and her kids went about placing some yarny love about town, and they had a parade and a band at their yarn bombing…I’ll have to schedule that for next time! The owl is at the court house, and the skull in the tree was placed there while a police officer was in his car just a few feet away… she wasn’t arrested, thankfully. And look, rent a bike, get a snake!!!
Linny yarn bombed some people she knew, and some random people too… One person got yarn bombed AND candy…win-win situation, thank you very much!!! And who woudn’t love a heart on their windscreen wipers?
Ellen was away for the weekend, at a sci-fi/fantasy fair and took her yarn bombing with her! Her multi colored skulls made even the dreariest places way better, and bathroom yarn bombs make me giggle every time!!!
I WANT TO TELL YOU A YARN (bomb)
After a week or 2 of gathering ammunition to launch in our *global* yarn bomb weekend (27/4/2013), the day arrived and I was ready for attack.
I had a plan. In our main city there is a small, infrequently visited, historical site that now houses a few shops and a few little flats, but it is so out of the way in the city centre that not many people visit and the owners of the shops there often suffer from lack of custom. Three of the shops there are actually *craft* shops, one selling all manner of leatherwork gear and supplies (where I get my leather supplies for belts, bags etc), one a *trinket* type shop and the other a yarn shop.
My plan was to *bomb* the place, get people talking about it and hopefully more would go and visit the area to see the yarn graffiti and at the same time pop into the little shops there. But alas, I could not get into town this weekend and so I had to think of somewhere else.
So it was off to the supermarket for supplies and as we drove into the car park I
remembered that the Metro Station was there and BINGO found an ideal place.
So Gomez (the hubby, hehe) said off you go, I’m hiding in the supermarket. (such a chicken).
I proceeded to tie on my little bits of soft shrapnel hoping that I would be able to get them all on before a train came in so that I could go back and sit in the car and watch what happened. Unfortunately my timing was bad and a train came along just as I was almost
A quite *mature* lady came to the fence near the tree and said with a grimaced look that said I was in for a scolding, “Erm, what’s all this in aid of?” Honestly, I felt like a naughty little school kid and thought I was in for a right blasting though I don’t know why. Lol
I explained what a yarn bomb was and told her that this was part of a *global* bombing by a group of friends on the internet and we are helping to put smiles back on people’s faces.
She never once smiled throughout this conversation, which worried me a bit, and then she said in a rather gruff way, “Well don’t you think it’s a bit silly, people will take them away?” I replied “Oh yes, well that’s the idea, there will be a note saying “If this made you smile today and you see anything you like, please take it.””. Her face still showed no emotion. Lol. She then said, “Oh well there’s not many like you out there today.” I said “Thank you, and feel free to take one if you’d like one.” “Oh, well what have you got?” she said. After giving her a list she went away with a butterfly and said, “Oh and it did make me smile” but it must have been a secret one because I still didn’t see it, lol
I loved that story so much, and still love it after reading it for the 4th time.
Wanda spread wonderful yarny love all around too! I copied her by putting a skull at the gas pump, gas is so expensive that it’s nice to get a little something back after filling your tank and emptying your pocket!!!
Ok, this next picture isn’t yarny at all. My friend Ken makes wonderfully creepy dolls. Werewolves, zombies, vampires, creeps and ghouls, all amazingly creepy! He happens to follow the Hookers, and got so excited about our yarn bombing weekend that he made a special doll to put out at a local park.
Oh yes, International Yarn Bombing Day is June 9 this year. I’ll be participating. So will many of my hookers, they said they so very fully enjoyed this that they can’t wait! AND I know we’ll be adding a few more folks, some have already expressed interest in joining,which just increases the yarny happiness.
So, that’s my post. I love each and every one of these people so much, pouring their time and energy and love into their projects, ones that went out into the world to find homes with completely random people. I’ve been grinning from ear to ear while typing, hope this put a smile on your face too.
Have a really great week, so very much love to all my hookers! And, as always, KEEP IT CREEPY!!!!!!