It’s time for a January Round-up where I go through my inbox and send you links to amazing things that have been floundering in the shallows of my email archives. Here are the beauties that I have unearthed today:
Joann spotted these statues at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby (Canada) today and send these photos of the adorned “At the Beach” statue today:
Lois sent me this image from Ogden Park:
She says: ‘Here is a little story of my brush with yarn bombing. In June of this year I met a woman called Patricia on the VIA train as we travelled from Vancouver to Edmonton… Anyway, this woman was knitting a curious item that would be installed on a bridge near her home in Southern California the same day, that she would arrive back home a couple of weeks from our meeting. That was my introduction to this happen’ thing. In July I was driving through to Jasper Park (I spent too much time in Northern Alberta this summer) and stopped at a viewing place in Mt Robson Park. Well! wasn’t I surprised to see a knit graffiti item on one of the support of the view’s sign.
Then when at Ogden Point in Victoria I found two more of these creations very near to one another. This is as much fun as geocaching seems to be. I’m about to give that a try. Maybe knit bombing sites need to be geo mapped, what do you think?
NIkki sent me a photo of her very first yarn bomb, and it is so pretty! She says:
‘I’ve wanted to yarn bomb something for ages, problem was working up the courage. Recently, I was teaching myself entrelac. As I knitted up my first square while visiting my grandmother she asked me what I planned to do with it. “I dunno,” I said, “Probably tie it to a tree or something.” She either didn’t hear me or thought I’d gone slightly round the twist because she didn’t question it. Here it is.’
And, other notable news of late:
A ‘yarn bombing and geek’ exhibit at Lafayette College.
Val has created the amazing LEDFlower project which is yarn bombing project where she makes up kits of LED lights and yarn to send to knitters all over the world. The LEDFlower project combines social networking, regular old mail, and google maps to share tiny episodes of yarn bombing fun internationally and put them on a map. What an incredible idea! I wish I’d thought of this first.
Bali Twilight Taggers, in Melbourne Australia, are creating a public installation and running a series of workshops.
She says: ‘In January we are embarking on our biggest project to date. We will be covering all 12 trees in City Square [Cnr Collins and Swanston Streets, Melbourne] with yarn to promote summer in the city and also to bring more coverage of crafts in Victoria. The yarn bombing installation date is Saturday Jan 21 and on Sunday Jan 22 we will hold learn to crochet and knit workshops. We estimate that we will remove it one month later. We have close to $20,000 of sponsorship [mainly in yarn] [we were given $15,000 in yarn from Yarn Barn!!] for the project so it’s a big deal. Anyone wanting to help us out must sign up to the Yarn Corner facebook group [or if they don't have facebook then they can email me] and they can pick up their yarn from myself. If they are not local to Melbourne they can still join in but will have to pay for postage themselves or use their own yarn.
And in other news, I have scored a partnership between Yarn Corner and Spotlight [the biggest craft department stores in Australia] for 2012. We will be hosting two events for Spotlight. One in February will be to quietly open their new 2012 yarn lines. And a larger event in June 2012 will be to open their winter yarn season. We will be attempting two Guinness World Record attempts for yarn bombing [details still to be determined]. So it looks like 2012 will be a stellar year for Yarn Corner and yarn bombing.’
January Round-up: Part 2 will be coming soon!