A Perfect Yarn Storm
This past week has gone by way too quickly! I can’t believe it’s Friday already!
Last Saturday my newly founded knitting circle made a yarn bomb in our village. The concept of yarn graffiti is pretty unknown in this rural part of the world, but everybody I heard comment on it, loved it.
“At least it made the old, ugly billboard a bit more colorful!” was a statement I heard several times.
The yarn bomb – a very long scarf to cover the frame – went up early in the morning of the International Yarn Bombing Day, which also was the first day of the World Wide Knit In Public Day. That is a week long “day” from June 8th to the 16th.
The international yarn/knitting/crocheting celebrations end tomorrow. If you missed taking part, don’t wait a year to knit in public. Just take your knitting outside, and, maybe, leave a little yarn bomb for others to admire.
In case you want a little help with a yarn bombing event, there’s actually a book about it; Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain. The authors also had a blog about yarn bombing. It’s no longer updated, but there’s a lot of good advice for a novice yarn bomber. The most important thing to know is that yarn bombing shall not in any way harm the object. Another thing to know is, your hard work will disappear or break, sometimes sooner than you think. Don’t be disappointed. Make another!
Saturday also happened to be the day of the annual summer event in our village. My husband decided to go there to sell his gourmet condiments, and I decided to put up a table and KNIT IN PUBLIC.
I actually didn’t get a chance to take out my knitting. Instead I crocheted small woolen hearts that I gave to people coming to talk to me.
The knitting circle, called Knit Bean, was founded just two days before the event.
So, all of these happenings were like a “perfect storm” coming together to raise awareness of working with yarn, of the “soft rebellion” of yarn bombing, and to promote the new knitting circle as well as the new cafe where we’re meeting. Even the weather was cooperating!
I can almost hear the chatter on the grapevine here … Have you seen? Who ever??? What is that?
Well, we certainly stirred up this village and brought a whole lot of smiles on people’s faces …
And that’s what Yarn Bombing is all about: to make people smile!
I put up a poster about our knitting circle, and, to clarify what had happened to the billboard, a small sign underneath explaining what a yarn bomb is … and if you never heard of yarn bombing, take a look at this!