I just realized that I also captured my new favorite real graffiti tag, “shit barf”, on the parking sign above it. We saw this on the door of Neumo’s a few weeks ago and for some reason it made me crack up every time I thought about it. What a good exclamation. SHIT BARF!
You can find YarnCore member Sandy’s photos of our yarn bomb event yesterday here on her Tumblr:
She made the awesome big flower that we all love and is also a fantastic photographer!
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!
Susan Moskwa of Rogue Editing & Design did an interview with me!
Why does one negative nancy always make me feel like total crappola?
See Comment from Alkimama
I never made initial contact with the West Seattle Blog and the only follow up contact I had with them was because they showed a genuine interest in the yarn bombing and I thought they’d like to see pictures. In fact all the photos they’ve used on the blog are not photos from me. I don’t email and say GO DO A STORY, but they follow my twitter and other people involved in YarnCore have sent in tips.
So, this brings up an interesting point. Should I not be tagging my work? Do I not deserve any credit for the work I have done? I know many artists in different mediums such as painters, doll makers, tattoo artists, graphic artists, dancers, singers, etc, and they all have a blog, website, facebook page or twitter. They market themselves and try to get their name out there. So why is what I am doing any different? I’m not seeking fortune, and I’m not putting my real name on anything, so it isn’t like I’m trying to gain much fame for myself. I’m trying to get YarnCore out there because I love doing it and I want to share it with others and have others join me. I’m trying to figure out exactly what is wrong with that.
Or maybe I just shouldn’t pay attention to trolls.
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!
This thing got quiet for a moment. I’ve been crazy busy and May 1st is fast approaching. I also have something to put up for Easter, mostly created by fellow knitter and member of the YarnCore gang, Irukandji. I finally got my i-cord maker to work with some yarn I had, plus I bought some extra yarn and then found some yarn in a box that was appropriate and now I have MANY MANY yards of beautiful green i-cord. I’m starting to realize that I shouldn’t plan too far in advance for these things because then life happens and I get tired or busy and then no knitting happens.
Luckily I’ll be getting flowers and things from other people, and have already received some beautiful stuff. So this coming weekend I’m going to sit myself down in front of the teevee with my flower loom and make a crap ton of flowers. And then knit some leaves.
So stay tuned for photos of an Easter themed yarn bomb this weekend and then MAY DAY EXPLOSION. I just hope the May Day “explosion” doesn’t just look like a lame thud.