Sunday, June 11, 2017

International Yarn bombing day 2017

Well, I didn't get a chance to do anything for IYBD this year.
To be honest, I feel like the event has really lost steam. I didn't see any Facebook events for it from the creator or any of the organizations that took it up in the past couple years. There weren't even a lot of posts on Instagram.
But that's ok. Yarn bombing has taken on many different guises over the years since it's original inception, and yarn art is a constant evolving thing.
I did however participate in Worldwide Knit (and crochet) in Public Day, which was June 10th.I couldn't remember if IYBD took place on the Saturday or Sunday of the 9th, 10th, or 11th weekend in June, so it was nice to at least be involved with some kind of yarn event for this weekend.
It took place in my community at Knotty by Nature, a wonderful fiber arts store that has always been great to me. I help them out whenever I can, and the owners are truly kind to me.
When they first opened up, their new shop (they moved from downtown Victoria to out by Ross Bay Cemetery) in 2012, I welcomed them to their new location by yarn bombing their store location. You can see the post I did about it from back then here. They came in the next day to see that I had left them a wonderful yarn bombed store and they were super excited and happy about it. They did their best to maintain a number of the pieces for as long as they could.
So imagine my surprise when I discovered that one of the pieces is still there! After 5 long years, plus a little bit more, it's still there! Incredibly weather worn, much like the hearts from my last post.
I am amazed that any of the color has remained. It's obviously super weathered.
It brought my heart such joy to see it there tho. And to see so many people attending the worldwide knit it public event.
While I didn't put out a crazy awesome epic yarnbomb for IYBD, so many of the people I knew commented on the epic one I did at the park across the way for IYBD in 2012, my second year participating, where I made the incredible crocheted picnic for Hollywood park. So if nothing else, it is great to be remembered for one of my best works. I hope to do another epic feast of crochet food someday. It is by far one of my favorite things to make out of yarn and really all fibers (I enjoy my needle felted sushi too). In fact, I was crocheting a hotdog for a friend during the worldwide knit in public day event!
I hope you enjoy all these throw back pieces I have been discovering. Hopefully I will continue to yarnbomb in the future, even if it has largely gone out of style.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Unbelievable

So I went to visit my friends that I haven't seen in a while. 
Time gets away from me. This blog is a classic example, but I still post!
Anyway, I was just walking down the street and happened to glance over at the fence I was passing.

It was then that I noticed the hearts on the fence. Worn, weathered and not at all in the red hue anymore really, but still there!

You may remember the hearts from this post.
But here they are 5 years later!


I cannot believe they are still there... 
You can see that Danika's heart (top most, right most heart) has survived the best, but the pink heart looks pretty good. And still pretty pink.

My first one, the top left most, is even still there! Wow.
So this is clearly my oldest yarnbomb to survive. It gives me an odd kind of motivation to get back into yarn bombing.
I'm still in the middle of health issues, so I dunno when I can get back to it, and I have other yarn related activities I would love to get to, but I still really love yarn bombing.

Monday, July 18, 2016

I can't actually have Ketchup anymore

But I can write interesting posts pretending to be about ketchup when really they're about catching-up!
I enjoy bad puns.

Anyhow!
I finally finished my Portal Turret blanket! You may remember it from my 2015 ketchup post where I had recently been to Fibrations and trying my hand at all kinds of fiber crafts.

It is kinda hard to get a good photo of my blanket, as there is no surface in my new place that is big enough to take a photo of it all laid out.
As you can see here, it's smooshed up against various things in my living room. 

Here the blanket is on my bed. It's a queen sized mattress, so I guess it's a queen sized blanket!
I know, I know, the ends aren't weaved all in. But if you look closely at the top half, I have done some! It's a lot of little work.
I also think I want to crochet around the edges to really tie the whole thing together. Give it a nice border.

I will also be backing it with a lovely fabric that I found at Spoonflower, just as soon as I can afford several feet of it.

So yes! This is Portal blanket was 672 squares of awesome! 21 by 32 squares. SO MANY SQUARES!! I think next I would love to do the companion cube blanket. Interestingly enough, I chose to do the turret over the cube initially because the cube was more squares. But when I decided to turn the turret into a whole blanket (all the light blue squares you see), it ended up being a bunch more! So now the companion cube blanket doesn't seem as daunting. This one only took about 18 months on and off.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my lovely blanket.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

International Yarnbombing Day 2016 - Where's Waldo?

This year, international yarnbombing day snuck up on me again. But unlike last year, I remembered in time! I remembered with about two weeks to spare, just as I got a new job.

So I wanted to do something cool, but something I could execute in a reasonable amount of time.

Perfect opportunity to do my Where's Waldo project!

So I spent two weeks cranking out a Waldo based off the very first book from 1987, where Waldo has 12 accoutrements that he loses throughout the book! So I made a Waldo with a cup, snorkel, binoculars, kettle, sleeping bag, shovel, backpack, camera, hammer, bag, belt and walking stick.

The plan was to wander around downtown Victoria and take pictures of random, not necessarily easy to guess locations and have Waldo lose an item at each one. I sorta did that, and chronicled it on Instagram.

First, I stopped at Terroir, the amazing tea salon on Fort st. They were having a tea tasting with the tea harvester from Taiwan.

I enjoyed amazing teas, done at different temperatures than normal, and there were so many different flavors! I digress, but it was delicious.

Waldo left his cup behind after we enjoyed our tea.
Next, we ended up in Centennial Square. Waldo decided to try out his snorkel in the pool.

But then he left his snorkel there as we headed off to the next venue.

We decided to get some chocolate from this awesome chocolate shop just off Fan Tan Alley. Waldo was using his binoculars to look around the shop, put them down, and promptly forgot them.

After our delicious chocolates, we crossed Market Square and headed onto LoJo. We ducked into the shopping arcade, where there's a secret garden Waldo and I hung out in.

Waldo thought this would be the perfect place to make some tea. He took out his kettle and was half way through before I told him that he couldn't do that here!
(This picture is a real "where's Waldo")

He ended up forgetting his kettle. I feel kind of responsible for that one.

After we left the arcade, Waldo mentioned being hungry. I decided we should head to Trounce Alley and eat some tapas.

After Tapas, Waldo was sleepy. He pulled out his sleeping bag to nap, but I told him we had to continue on. In our haste to leave, he left his sleeping bag behind.

As we were walking along, Waldo caught a magnificent scent. It turned out that we were walking past Lush. We wandered in and smelled a bunch of their bath bombs. Waldo decided to whip out his shovel and dig away at one of the bath bombs, but couldn't really crack them.

It ended up getting stuck and he had to leave it behind.

After that we wanted to go take a look at the ocean. Walking the promenade, we stopped to take a look as the water-planes were taking off.

Waldo took off his backpack to get a better look up on the rail. When he climbed back down, he just forgot to put it back on.

As we continued walking along, we came across the statues that I yarnbombed back for the very first International Yarnbombing day in 2011. I explained to Waldo how I had turned the statues into Katamari characters. He wanted to take a picture with the statues to commemorate the yarnbombing.

He ended up leaving his camera there though, so I guess I won't be getting those pictures.

On our way back downtown, we passed a lot of construction. Waldo decided that he could really help the workers out as they weren't working on a Saturday.

He lost track of his mallet before he could really fix anything however.

Suddenly! Waldo and I ended up in London!

Just kidding. We were just in Nootka Court, where there is an English style phone box. Waldo decided to try it out, as everyone uses cell phones nowadays. He took off his bag while he was in there and didn't grab it on his way out.

Also while in Nootka Court, we checked out the beautiful totem pole they have in the garden.
Waldo didn't realize his belt had come off now that it wasn't holding up all his various tools.

The belt was left behind as well.

With only his walking stick left in his possession, the Bug Zoo caught Waldo's eye.
I mentioned to him that they would definitely have walking stick bugs in there. He wanted to compare the two so we did.

His walking stick was pretty much as big as a real walking stick insect.

In his haste at comparing the two however, Waldo ended up leaving his walking stick behind at the bug zoo.

With no accoutrements left, Waldo and I decided to head on home.
We traveled by bus and as my stop approached, I thought Waldo was with me, but alas, he remained on the bus.

Where's Waldo now??

All in all, it was a really fun day full of great adventure. I hope you had fun looking for Waldo too.
Happy International Yarnbombing day for 2016!


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Egg Hunt in the Park!

I really enjoy yarnbombing for occasion. I don't really care what occasion, it just seems like a great way to come up with a theme to yarnbomb.

This year, I started early on easter eggs and managed to make 11! (I have so much school going on right now, it's hard to get any crafting done)

I decided to leave them around a local park for the kids. The weather hasn't been that great, so I was worried about them getting wet, but it's been reasonably dry today. I'm going to go back to the park after easter weekend is over to see if any of the eggs remain.

I tagged a couple of them with my url, so that people could maybe come read about the eggs!

The first one I hid was this bright yellow one, on the tennis court.

It's like a tennis ball! But it really wouldn't work very well as a tennis ball.
The next one I hid in a tree!

Cause that's where eggs come from right? :)

                                                            Spot the egg in this one!
It's the same kind of colors as the climbing-go-round.

Cute teeter tooter and swing set eggs


I put one in this strange digging dish. You can see the hand digger in the background.
I don't know if you can put the ground dirt in the dish with the digger, but those digger's were super fun when I was a kid.


 This adorable red egg was one of my favorites.


Here it is in the wheel (tire?) swing!




I really enjoy this cute lil bench one.

Lastly, this rail egg. 

Technically, there are two eggs in this picture :)

Well, that's about it! I had fun leaving these eggs all over the park! I hope they found happy homes. They were a blast to make too. Happy Bunny Chocolate Day!


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

2015 Ketchup

In 2015, I got romantically involved with a person, and needless to say I completely stopped yarnbombing.

I didn't do anything for IYBD and in fact forgot it was happening until after the date had passed. To be fair, I had mentioned it's overall decline last year.
And at Fibrations, I set up some lovely pinions, but no yarn bombs (the pinions were bombed tho, fabric, and looked most excellent). I did make a small felt Calcifer, from Howl's Moving Castle for a small child tho! That's kinda like a yarn bomb!


(to be honest, I couldn't quite remember what he looked like. I was just thinking, fire with eyes)

I still crochet tho! As indicated by the Groot I made, as well as my "procrastination blanket"
Basically, instead of studying for exams or writing my paper, I clean... but when I have cleaned most things, I crochet. Thus I started making hundred of square motifs for....

                                                          My Portal Turret blanket!

This is just the turret part. I plan on having a whole blanket part surrounding it. It's gonna be huge! This is a hundreds upon hundreds of squares project.


Perfect for procrastinating!
I will still keep you posted on my amazing crochet works. I hope to still do more yarn bombing in the future, or Soft Sculpture as someone has recently coined my works, and maybe you'll see my yarn bomb esque stuff in an art gallery some day,
I've really gotten into felting and other fiber arts, like cross stitch and general embroidery. I'm a Spencer of all trades one might say, when it comes to fiber art. Now to learn spinning! -laughs-

Friday, July 10, 2015

Summer time fun time at the beach

You know how much I love yarn bombing rocks and spider webs down by the beach, so this summer down there with my new love, I did a couple.

Here's a pretty blue rock

                                                     (look at those gorgeous mountains!)

And here is a pretty purple spider web


And here is the two colors combined on a stick cover, that was part of a shelter someone had built on the beach.

It was a nice little hut. I added the web here too and dropped the rock near it.
We spent the day hanging out at the beach. It was so much fun!
It was also nice to do a little yarn bombing again.