Monday, November 8, 2010

Yarn Bombing

Monday November 8, 2010 Those of you who know me know that I am a sort of Peacenik from way back! Yarn bombing really speaks to my sensibilities! I had a blast last Friday bombing a perfectly darling bench in front of my favorite local yarn store (LYS), Fuzzy Wuzzy Yarn Store in Arlington heights, IL
The occasion was the first anniversary of Fuzzy Wuzzy, my new fiber home. Thursday afternoon and evening I stitched like mad and made a colorful strip that included both crochet and knit patches. I had eyeballed the bench for size on Wed. when I was there and took of from there.

Easy Friday morning after exercise and looking like crap, I slinked on over to the so as to attach the strip before Chris the owner arrived to open the store. I kept my eye out for cops and I was lucky because only one lady walked by and a bus was idling behind me, but I don’t think the driver was aware! I stitched it on in 20 minutes. Nearly froze but the smile on my face kept me warm. Chris, the owner, didn’t notice when she arrived. She is always carrying bags upon bags and struggles to get in the door! Finally about 1:30 PM she called to ask if I was the bomber because “it is crocheted.” I was very happy to inform her that I included two patches of knitting too!! She loved it and said a man from the village was in this morning (parking problems) and he said we should do it all around the village!

At the anniversary party that night many had already heard about the bombing out front or saw it when they came in. It was appreciated and they got quite a kick out of it. Try it-it is fun!!

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my latest book acquisition, Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffitti by Mandy Moore.
It is not a new book, but I am very selective these days since my crochet book collection is already over 300. This proves to be a special one, though, and inspirational for some more bombing too! Let me know what you've yarn-bombed lately! I'd love to see pics too!

Here's some other bombing I've done:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cowls: the New Scarves

I'm excited about cowls. Why you ask? I am going to Mexico, a warm spot, for the winter. What would I need with a cowl? I don't NEED one; it is just that I love crochet and cowls are the newest;and there is so much potential for designing them. My fr;iend Vashti,, has started a blog just for cowls. Check it out at

Over the weekend, I crocheted a cowl designed by Sheryl Means and it is in the current issue of Interweave Crochet Accessories. It is called "Marcelle's Fancy Neck Wrap"
and is easy-breezy to make. I used Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky. Here is a scan of it; I hope you can get an idea. I am without a camera for a few days. I really love the feel of the alpaca on my neck and it will go on display tomorrow at my LYS as a shop model and a potential crochet-along. Sheryl kindly gave me permission to teach her design pattern.

I love Sheryl! She is the co-owner of Yarntopia in Katy, TX. She and her partner, Amy Tyer, were bi-stitchural long before it was politically correct. They have lead the way for crocheters and knitters to become Sister-Stitchers! I met Sheryl when she took my class, "Courting the Crochet Customer" at The National Needlework Association trade show in 2005 just after they had opened the shop.

Ideas for other cowls are swirling in my head. I hope to get some new designs out there soon. Stay tuned.....