I walk out of the room for 1 minute to grab my camera to take a photo of my International Yarn Bombing Day project and this is what I come back to.
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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!
My friend and fellow knitter Irukandji has joined YarnCore and gave me a knitted piece to put on a pole, but she took it to another level and covered it with Peeps! She also gave me some extra peeps so I made some i-cord and attached peeps to it. Then I attached glass ball ornaments from West Seattle Art Attack.
I decided that an Easter yarn bomb would also need a colored egg, so I got to work today and knitted this stuffed Easter egg up real quick.
Once the egg was finished, I decided not to wait for dark. It is a rare warm and beautiful day here in Seattle (according to Cliff Mass we’re having one of the worst springtimes EVER) and I figured that would be more fun. I’ve never done a daylight bomb before. I was a little nervous about it, but then I guessed that maybe everyone would be nice about it because they were in a great mood from all the sun. I was right, lots of friendly smiles and compliments. I love my West Seattle community!
I put it up in my neighborhood (Admiral District) close to where Irukandji lives so she can enjoy her work with me!
We have bigger projects planned for May 1st and also June 11th for International Yarn Bombing Day, so if you’d like to join YarnCore in the movement, go here and request membership: http://groups.google.com/group/yarncore?pli=1
Participation can come in many forms – you don’t have to physically be at the site during the bombing, you can just contributed crafted materials if you’d like.
Today’s bomb as of a different variety, a free standing piece that didn’t need installing. It used and was inspired by blown glass art by recent collaborator and friend of Yarncore, West Seattle Art Attack. Expect more pieces incorporating blown glass art from WSAA in the future!
The dirt is knit, the leaves are knit and the flower is knit. Spent all day Saturday like a knitting fool getting this ready! But I liked the way it turned out so much that I really didn’t want to just leave it outside somewhere, like the other two projects. This seemed more appropriate for a local establishment of some sort. On the Yarncore Facebook page, we received some suggestions, like leaving it in a library or neighborhood community center. These were good options, but I feel like there isn’t a lot of traffic in libraries anymore, especially the one near where I live, and for it to have the biggest impact in a library I’d want to put it in the downtown location. This didn’t appeal to me, though, because I’m trying to stick to West Seattle for the time being. I then thought about all the restaurants and coffee shops that I love in West Seattle, and tried to think of a place that would really b e appropriate. And then it occurred to me that I was planning to go to Meander’s Kitchen the next day to pick something up from the brilliant owner (and friend of Yarncore) Miranda and realize that Meander’s would be the perfect location for it, so I brought it along!
If you haven’t been to Meander’s (or heard of it), it is a tiny breakfast place in the old Jade West Cafe location that a lot of people in West Seattle have been raving about. It’s pretty much a one woman show, with Miranda cooking up delicious breakfast and lunch on the stove right in front of you. She’s mindful of your food allergies, sensitivities and diets and everything is very fresh and authentic. Miranda is not only an amazing cook, but oh so friendly and it feels like home away from home. I had the Punk House Hash with potatoes, spinach and a variety of sauteed veggies (the broccoli and wild mushrooms tasted amazing) and I had it “epic style” which included cheese, poached eggs, sour cream and this really delicious homemade salsa. It was all SO GOOD. Not your average greasy breakfast, this place has seriously good food.
Here’s the bomb in it’s new location. Miranda was excited to get it and gave me a big hug! I then realized I had picked the perfect location. I LOVE LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES!
This time in the West Seattle Junction. This one took a little longer to attach, so I got to interact with quite a few more people at this busy intersection. It was good times! Someone even took a photo. It’ll look much better in the light of day. Again, I hope it makes it to light of day, this one was a more time consuming project and I’m quite proud.
After just one bomb, I’ve been inundated with emails from people who want to help and people who want to partner up for other events and WOW! I just feel so warm and snuggly from the neighborhood’s reaction to one little piece. Thanks West Seattle, you’re amazing.
If you’ve commented that you want to join up, or if you’ve contacted me via email, expect a response soon. It was a busy weekend knitting and socializing, and it is about to be a busy “day job” kind of week, so I’ll most likely start getting on board with everyone next weekend.
I posted it here, there and everywhere, but The West Seattle Blog did a nice little piece on YarnCore on Friday, and I’m just so happy about it. The comments were very encouraging (save for one person who thinks I am ruining everything with my illegal litter, blah) and I found that another local blogger The Tangled Nest wrote a post about it as well. Thanks for all the support everyone!
In the meantime, I’m knitting away today. I’m focusing on a bigger scale project set for May Day to celebrate Springtime, and I’m going to welcome lots of help. Currently my help is coming in feline form.
I never thought I’d have such a huge bucket of cheap acrylic yarn, but I also never thought I’d have a passion for knit graffiti.
I braved the rains tonight to sew this little bike rack cozy up in the Admiral District in West Seattle. It was so fun! I mean, even though I sat on the wet ground. A few groups of people walked by, and I certainly got some weird looks, but I also got a lot of smiles! YAY KNIT GRAFFITI!!
Now, please universe, let it not get messed with, taken down or destroyed by jerks for a least a week! Thanks.