Archive for June 2011
Back from Pennsylvania, where my sweetie’s folks very much embraced the idea of adorning Penn State’s statues with whimsical knittany, if only briefly. First up was what I initially heard as “the Joe Pistachio” but actually turned out to be “the Joe-Pa statue.” So sue me, I’m a new initiate to the strange world of college football.
At any rate, this also proved to be the first time since I started doing this stuff that my sweetie managed to overcome his deep-seated aversion to participating in anything even marginally subversive, when I discovered I wasn’t tall enough to deploy the finger cozy I’d whipped up for the Great Man himself:
Joe Paterno's Finger Cozy
Of course no statue at Penn State is more attractive to the guerilla knitter than the
Knittany Nittany Lion Shrine, but I also knew that anything I put there would be a nuisance to the constant parade of people who want to be photographed with it. My compromise: I staged the photo below, removed the knitting, and redeployed it nearby.
The Nittany Lion learns to knit
I even went so far as to paint the back ends of the needles, which were originally red, so they would match the school’s colors, and not those of arch-rival Ohio. I’d have preferred to have posed the knitting as if there were a row in progress, but the needles just weren’t long enough.
At any rate, I made some more lion toes and an ankle, for a variation on the ever-popular monster foot, and placed it at the base of the sign near the statue that explains its history, and cast off the blue and white piece and wrapped the signpost with it:
Knittany Lion Paw/Nittany Lion Sign
Nittany Lion Sign
That was first thing Sunday morning (Father’s Day). Then it was off to breakfast and church and all manner of other family activities. It was still there at the end of the day, but the upper piece had slid down so it looked like a sock, which I actually liked better:
Nittany Lion Sign
Sadly, the campus maintenance personnel, ever diligent in their duties, removed it Monday morning, but it was fun while it lasted.
The other piece I did on campus was at the suggestion of my sweetie’s parents: a charming statue on the lawn of what used to be the President’s house and is now the Alumni Center. I crocheted virtually non-stop from the moment they suggested the idea until I ran out of the yarn I’d purchased at the local yarn shop:
In general it’s my feeling that good statues need no enhancement from the likes of me, so I took the garland down after taking the photos, and am still trying to decide where to put it. I had hoped to find a home for it somewhere in State College, but I slept too late Monday morning. Rats!
More projects in the works, of course…. Top secret stuff with some of my new-found knitty friends, and new ideas brewing all the time. Ciao for now.
I decided a couple days ago to decorate the lamp posts on both sides of the Ig Vella Bridge, in honor of Sonoma native son Ig Vella, who passed away last week. A legendary cheesemaker and cantankerous but invaluable member of the Sonoma community, his death at the the age of 83 was not a tremendous surprise, but sad nonetheless. Here are the photos of my crocheted additions to the bridge:
Crocheted Flowers on Ig Vella Bridge
I’ve also recently made an addition to one of Saturday’s yarn bombs:
I Heart Cotati
I plan to finish off the last few feet of the bike rack eventually. I’ve got about half of the remaining portion knitted and ready to go, but I haven’t had a chance to get into Cotati to put it up. A friend has informed me she saw someone taking a photo of this the other day, which is kinda fun, I think!
So anyway, I’m traveling with my sweetie, visiting his parents on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary, and we were passing through the Detroit airport with loads of time to fill waiting for our connecting flight. I put a little crocheted piece up on a pole, and a woman watched me while I was working. I looked over and smiled at her, and she asked me about what I was doing. I couldn’t place her accent, but some kind of European. Was I getting paid to do it? No, it’s just something I like to do. Sort of a gift to the airport, then? Yes, I suppose, or at least I hope people see it that way! Won’t someone steal it? Maybe. Sometimes my pieces stay up for a long time and sometimes they don’t. At any rate, it will be interesting to see if it’s still there on our return. If you happen to be passing through the C terminal, it’s near gate C18. Let me know!
Detroit Airport, Gate C18
Now we’re in State College, PA, where we’re staying at the Knittany Lion Inn (OK, there’s no K in Nittany). The Nittany Lion is the Penn State icon, and I have plans anon for the big cat. In the mean time, a little something for Joe Paterno:
So here it is, 2:00 p.m. and I’ve been a busy girl, here and there:
Bay & Grove, El Verano, CA
That was about 7:30 this morning. Then I was on to the Plaza, where a group of knitters was reportedly gathering to do an installation. I didn’t see them, or their work, but I did put this up:
California Poppies at Sonoma Plaza
California Poppies at Sonoma Plaza
Then it was off to Cotati to see my sweetie and put this one up:
Cotati Bike Rack
This was one of those rare occasions when a few people actually spoke to me. I overheard a little girl asking her mother what I was doing, so I talked with them for a couple minutes. They liked the concept. Then there was some guy who complimented my work, which was gratifying! After I got in my car I saw someone walk up to the bike rack and examine it for a minute or so, then she walked back into the coffee shop, thinking who-knows-what. Cotati’s unofficial slogan is “Keep Cotati Weird,” so this sort of thing tends not to faze people much.
Then it was back to Sonoma to rendezvous with my dear friend Tillie, owner of Sonoma Yarn, for whom I’ve been preparing a tree sweater. It’s not done, but we got the first three parts installed today:
Sonoma Yarn: Tillie's Tree
Sonoma Yarn: Tillie's Tree
And that’s it for me, for now, anyway. I’ve had a blast looking at everyone else’s wonderful creations, and you should too: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1703346@N21/
I have several projects planned for International Yarn Bombing Day. My plans have changed several times. Jim Boggio has been on and off, and on, and off the list. His time will come, when I can do justice to the job, but not before.
I do have a few other things ready:
California poppies on a blue background, made for the northernmost bell marking the route of El Camino Real from San Diego to Sonoma. Since it’s a historical marker I wouldn’t expect the piece to last long. Someone will take it down and throw it away. Yet I want to be proud of what I put up, so there’s a tension between how much I value what I do and how I’ll feel when it’s discarded. At any rate, this one is made of yarn I bought last week at an estate sale, and I used techniques that would minimize the investment of time, but my heart was in the right place, and I really did try to make it look nice.
Tillie’s tree. My friend Tillie has asked me to yarnbomb the tree in front of her store, but I’ve made slow progress because it’s such a large project, and I haven’t had much help, and I’ve had other things to work on at the same time. I have a fair bit ready now, though, and I want to get it put up this morning.
I have some other stuff planned too, but I don’t have any photos to post. What I can post is the pole cozy I put up yesterday at Arnold and Mission:
This was one of the first “yarn bombs” I started, a couple-few months ago. I set it aside in favor of other projects, and just cast off yesterday to get it off my needles and out of my life. I chose yarns I didn’t like, hence I didn’t enjoy working on it. I felt OK about it in the end, knowing it wasn’t one of my best efforts but glad it wasn’t entirely wasted, either. At first I thought yarn bombing might be a way to use up yarn I should never have bought in the first place. Not so. From now on, if I hate a yarn, it goes into the donations pile, not onto my needles!
It’s IYBD! What am I doing sitting in front of the computer? More to come….
I’ve been wanting to put something where I will actually drive past it every day, and I finally did, at the corner of Grove and Arnold Drive in Sonoma:
This was once intended to be a baby blanket, but I couldn’t get the ends woven in to my satisfaction, so it’s been sitting in a cupboard ever since I finished it. I think it’s much better off here than moldering away in storage!
Later that same day I put up a stopsign cozy in Santa Rosa at the corner of Mendocino & Cherry. This one came out looking like an homage to Olek, which is kind of funny considering that I’m not really a quick-crochet-with-variegated-acrylic kind of girl, but nonetheless, there it is….
Back from BayCon, the San Francisco Bay Area’s annual science fiction and fantasy convention in Santa Clara, CA. In keeping with the spirit of the con, I decided to go with an adapted form of Chelsea Gunn’s “monster feet” as shown in Moore & Prain’s Yarn Bombing book. I crocheted the feet to make the work go faster, and knitted the toes in i-cord fashion, placing six feet around the convention site during the first couple days, then returning to my other, larger projects.
Monster Feet Yarn Bombs at BayCon 2011