Thursday, June 28, 2012

Yarn Bombing at Home

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I yarn-bombed myself.  I know!  Isn’t it wonderful?  I love the idea of this so much, this draping of trees and fence posts and light poles with knitting and crochet.  I don’t know whether everybody gets the same kick out of it as I do, though, so I kept it in my own garden, which means I can see it every day from my breakfast table.  The big pieces are all abandoned blanket projects, and the little motifs are my efforts to figure things out, sometimes by looking at a picture, sometimes by reading a Japanese chart.  I use those as color studies, too. 

There are still so many of these little bits and pieces around here.  I still want to do the chicken house, and maybe also my bike, if I’m feeling brave.  I suspect I already have a little bit of a weird reputation, what with my homemade clothes and striped socks and everything, so what’s a little more crochet, after all? 

While I was crouched under the crabapple tree sewing pieces of knitting to its branches, my teenage son walked over and, without so much as a raised eyebrow, not so much as an ironic pause, said, “What’s for dinner?”  I said, “You’re not even going to comment?  You don’t find this unusual?  I’m cozying a tree!” He just shrugged.  Nothing I do anymore surprises them.

I loved all your excellent suggestions about what to do with my scraps.  So many good ideas were flowing, all around, which is what I love best about blogging.  Thanks for being here with me. 

25 comments:

  1. Great idea! Love yarn bombing but the risk of doing it somewhere in public scared me (cause I'm a wimp).

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  2. I think it is amazing!!!! you can look out at your own yarn loveliness all day long. I'm not sure my son would raise an eyebrow either. They are frankly only interested in themselves and probably don't even notice a thing that doesn't involve them. Great job, hope there are more bombing to come.
    Meredith

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  3. Great idea - looks fabulous!
    Victoria xx

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  4. That is certainly a great way to use up all those bits and pieces of abandoned projects. No one around here questions anything I do either. They might not get my need to crochet covers for rocks but they just smile. I tell you, blogging has inspired me to do and try more than I ever imagined. I'm gonna go get some of those Japanese books -- we have tons here -- I don't understand the diagrams but, like you said, I can glean them for color and inspiration. :) Have fun with the bombing! Tammy

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  5. Brilliant! What a great way to use those bits & pieces plus you get to enjoy them every day :) The bit about your son made me laugh - my kids would be just the same, I think mine will need to paint everything magnolia & be ultra conservative in order to rebel ;-) Have a great week - can't wait to see what you come up with next! Helen x

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  6. I think this is wonderful! I especially like the flowers, and I can't wait to see what you do with your bike.

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  7. I love this post! I have been wanting to do a yarn bombing for some time now! We have talked about it in our Knitty Biddies group!!! You have inspired me to yarn bomb my own yard!! I cracked up about your son not even batting an eye at you in the apple tree with yarn, and just wanting to know what is for dinner! So typical of my house too.
    You and I would be wonderful friends, I think!!
    Kris

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  8. Three cheers for yarn bombing, yaaaaaaay. x

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  9. I love it. It would make me happy to look out my window and see that! 3 cheers for yard yarn-bombing!
    Jennifer

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  10. Great idea. I love yarn-bombing! And by keeping it in your garden, you can appreciate it every day!
    (I've also got plans to decorate my bike.)
    Great stuff, as always.
    Xx

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  11. I love what you've done to your washing line. I so wish I lived in a sunny climate I think I'd give yarn-bombing a go. Ali x

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  12. WooHoo!!! This looks great. I loved the clothesline before, and this just pushes it over the top! I am inspired and looking around my yard for bomb sites. Since our boys are around the same age, I totally get the whole conversation with your son. I'm surprised you could even understand him, since my kid usually mumbles in a low teen-speak, and I only manage to grasp a few words like "food" or "money". He may look like he didn't notice, but I bet he will remember the summer you bombed the yard.
    Bombs Away
    Lynne

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  13. It's wonderful!!! I think I might want to do this to my swing in the yard!!!

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  14. that looks so fun! I wish I had more than pine trees in my backyard!

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  15. How fun ... I bet you're smiling he whole time you were doing this ... How therapeutic ! I love it.

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  16. Oh hon that has made me laugh - your son and his unsurprised tone that is!!! Hilarious. I can't wait to see what you do with the chicken house!!!!!

    Have a fab weekend - enjoying your colourful, crafty garden.

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  17. i love it so much kristen, i wish we were neighbors!

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  18. I love yarnbombing - we did it in the village in March and it was so successful, it really made people look and laugh or query the mental state of the knitting and crochet community in the village!
    (photos of our yarn bombing can be found here - http://yarnival-adventuresinfibre.blogspot.co.uk/p/yarnival-adventures-in-fibre-2012.html)

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  19. So much happiness at your home. I love the yarn bombing. Really looking forward to the chicken house!

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  20. Go for it Kristen!!!!

    Wow - I just love the idea of yarnbombing (or is it yardbombing!) - though we can't get out in the garden at the moment - we are being deluged by rain, rain and more rain.

    Hurray for the crazy yarn lady!
    Fleur xx

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  21. I love the tree cozies! I had to pin it on Pinterest!

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  22. These are amazing! I'd love to crochet things around the garden but there is way too much rain in Ireland for that carry on ^_^

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