Happy May Day Yarn Bomb!
It’s a beautiful day for a yarn bomb! Yesterday was also lovely and provided a beautiful mostly clear Seattle evening as the backdrop to our Admiral Way Viewpoint yarn bomb for May Day!
A little about May Day historically, because it isn’t a holiday celebrated much around these parts. From Wikipedia:
“May Day is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night. May Day falls exactly half of a year from November 1, another cross-quarter day which is also associated with various northern European pagan and neopagan festivals such as Samhain. May Day marks the end of the unfarmable winter half of the year in the Northern hemisphere, and it has traditionally been an occasion for popular and often raucous celebrations.
The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times, with the festival of Flora, the Roman Goddess of flowers, and the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries. It is also associated with the Gaelic Beltane. Many pagan celebrations were abandoned or Christianized during the process of conversion in Europe. A more secular version of May Day continues to be observed in Europe and America. In this form, May Day may be best known for its tradition of dancing the Maypole and crowning of the Queen of the May.”
And so I thought, FLOWERS! Lots of them. I didn’t make nearly as many as I had planned, but I had help from some new members of YarnCore so we did great.
Also, Jonathan Coulton has a different angle on the 1st of May:
(there is also a video with funny World of Warcraft scenes that I recommend, but I thought I’d keep it clean with these cute ASL guys)
So, since today is May 1st, Sunday and a rare clear and beautiful day in Seattle, I suggest you do a little drive-by at the Admiral Way Viewpoint in West Seattle to see not only a beautiful view of Seattle, but also some beautiful knit and crocheted flowers!
Before I get to the pictures already(!), I wanted to address a little note on the back of the tags I left on this particular yarn bomb:
At the risk of jeopardizing my identity, I wanted to talk about this for a moment. You see, the kidney transplant patient that we’re raising money for is my mom. She has advanced kidney disease and will soon need a transplant. If all works out correctly, she will get one of mine. We’re very hopeful for a great outcome for this, but she needs a little assistance. She is self employed, which means that a lot of time off for recovery isn’t covered under her job like it would be for me. And while there is great social services available to her, it may not be enough to cover her rent and bills after the surgery. Also, prior to the surgery there is a lot of dental work that must be done to prevent future infection that isn’t covered under her current insurance, so the money will help with this as well. My mom is a wonderful lady, one of the nicest you’ll ever meet, and our close West Seattle friends have rallied around her to get this yard/garage sale on May 14th rolling. We’re going to have a ton of amazing things like a Wii Fit, a bunch of video games, a tv, antique dress forms, clothing and shoes all in great shape! It’s going to be huge, and we’ll have refreshments and baked goods for sale as well. All proceeds go to benefit my mom’s transplant fund. Details on location and more of the great stuff we’ll have to come. Look here for details in the coming weeks.
On to the photos! These first 3 photos come from Melissa Fenno, who just happened upon us while we were putting up the project! Thanks Melissa!
Here are a few from one of my fellow bombers! Thanks!
Here are some of my photos. But as I said before, go see it if you can! It’s a good day to see the lovely view, and it is so much prettier in person!