Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Blogging and Bombing

I haven't blogged in a long time. No excuses. You've heard them all.

Instead I'll show you a few projects I've made in the last several months.

Socks (pattern and yarn details here):



A hat made with chunky Rowan wool and embellished with felt bird, crocheted leaves and some beads (nitty gritty details here):



Up close to see the beading better:



Cheerfully modeled by my little girl.



YARN BOMB!!!

You may be asking, "What's a yarn bomb?"

Also known as yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, and knitting graffiti, yarn bombing is a type of street art which involves knitted or crocheted work embellishing the environment around you. It is not an act of vandalism. It is an attempt to encourage folks to see their environment in a different light and to add a little whimsy to our everyday, humdrum existence.

I had never participated in any form of yarn storming, but one of the Nerd Wars challenges for the month of March encouraged such nefarious activities.

First, to find a good spot.

Aha! That sad looking mailbox at our local Music Academy looked like it could use some perking up. Bonus points for the fact that it sits across the street from a middle school where there is plenty of traffic.

Next, I armed myself with crochet hook and lots of colorful acrylic yarn and started hooking.

Then, it was time to practice my nefarious ninja skills.






When yarn storming on private property it is always a good idea to get permission first, but if you don't want to ruin the surprise, leaving a note explaining your art is an acceptable option.



Give a quick glance to admire your handiwork then quietly disappear into the shadows like any self-respecting ninja would do.




Find yourself grinning with glee every time you pass that way again and spot your colorful addition to the community.

(Yes, over 5 months later, it's STILL there!!!)

And that, my dear friends, brings you up to date with my crafting deeds through the month of March. Stay tuned for more to come!

Look, Rae! I blogged!

6 comments:

Liliana said...

Do you take it off and wash it sometimes then put it back? How did it stay so clean?

Kristine said...

lovely socks, that yarn looks so nice just in vanilla socks. And is it Lennier (?on spelling) from Babylon 5 in the pics?

your yarn bombing story is hilarious :)

Kristine said...

lovely socks, that yarn looks so nice just in vanilla socks. And is it Lennier (?on spelling) from Babylon 5 in the pics?

your yarn bombing story is hilarious :)

MicheleStitches said...

Hi Liliana! Nope, I do not take it off. It gets washed whenever it rains. :-) It is now a little saggy and a bit faded, but it's still there!

MicheleStitches said...

Yes, Kristine! You are correct! It is Lennier from Babylon 5. I have been on the B5 team (Team Rangers) the last two tournaments of Nerd Wars over on Ravelry. I am also one of the mods in that group. Join us! Sign ups for the next Tournament starting Oct. 1 are happening NOW! You are sure to find a team you'd like.

*Michelle* said...

That's awesome that they left it there! What fun!

Thanks for the comment on my blog-- your project bag really caught my eye! It is lovely. :)

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