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Yarnbombing Part 1

Okay, so the first part of my project has been installed, and I am over the moon. I spent three hours sitting on the damp mulch behind this bench sewing the covers for the slats, and it was totally worth it. People walking by were so excited about it, I had tons of questions and everyone was so incredibly nice. It just makes me so happy.

I will probably have some more updates tomorrow, and then the project will be finished and I get my life back! I’m just hoping that this weather keeps up. Rain and yarn don’t mix that well.
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My yarnbombing project has to be installed by Thursday, so you can imagine that I’m freaking out. If you can’t imagine, let me tell you that I’M FREAKING OUT. I’m doing a little better today than I was yesterday, but it’s a lot of stress. Knitting is tons of work, but I’ve also been worried about attaching them to the poles. Ideally, I would sew them all, but in reality it’s not humanly possible. I thought that velcro would be a good alternative, so it’s being held together with velcro, staples, and dreams. I’m kind of a the point of whatever works. I was freaking out until I did my first test, for real. AND IT WORKED!!!! To say that I am relieved is an understatement. There’s still a huge amount of work to be done, but at least I now know that if I can finish knitting, it will actually work. Breathing hugh sighs of relief. I’ll continue to update on my progress. I’m so happy and excited and proud. And now comes the part where I maniacally knit for the next 4 days.

Yarnbombing Update

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Just to tell you beforehand, I had serious reservations about posting this. Oh, I’m kind of scared, but I’ll power through. Okay. And it’s super wordy. Sorry. I’m writing this because I just completed my first sculpture. Ever. And I’m really excited but nervous and obviously super insecure about it. Because I am not an artist in any way, shape, or form. I have always been crafty, but have really stayed away from fine art because the truth is I’m not that good at it. When I was signing up for classes for this semester, I wanted to take an art class but none of the beginner classes fit in with my schedule. A friend (who’s also a sculpture minor) said that we should take intermediate sculpture together. INTERMEDIATE. With no art experience. She said the teacher was amazing and it would be fine. So, I did it. And it’s been so intimidating. The people in my class are really good. They’re also really nice and encouraging.

In all other parts of my crafty life, I pretty much know what I’m doing. I know that I’m a good knitter. People might not like the patterns or colors that I choose, but technically, I have the skills to knit well. It’s kind of the same way with crafting. You might not like everything that I make but I know my way around a hot glue gun. But this is a whole new ballpark, and I feel like I’m completely out of my element. So, that’s my disclaimer. First I’ll show pictures and then I’ll blather on.

The deal with this sculpture is that we were given these little plants and told that we had to in some way incorporate them into a sculpture. I knew that I wanted to knit something. The first thing that came to my mind was an urban roof garden. I decided that I would knit a building and then put my plant on top with all kinds of knitted flowers and plants. I didn’t understand what a HUGE undertaking this was. I’m a fast knitter, but I’ve never knit on such short deadlines, and the building that I made is BIG. By the time the project was due, I thought that it was fine. I wasn’t thrilled with it, but I was willing to let it go. My teacher told me that if I wanted, I could expand the project and count it towards my first two sculptures. I decided to do that. The assignment for the second sculpture was to make something as big as your body, so I had to figure out a way to make this building a lot bigger. I hung it from a metal stand (that I bent and welded, yeah, pretty proud of that part). I really liked this idea of making a fire escape, but I didn’t want my sculpture to look like a diorama so I decided to make the stairs of the fire escape come down to the floor. After so many hours and many months, it’s done. And now it’s a thing outside of me and I’m really proud of it.

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Birthday Gifts

(This post is a little late. But to be fair, the recipient needed to get it before I could talk about it, plus a few weeks for “editing.” yeah, that’s what we’ll call it.)

The funny thing about being a twin is that there’s another person who shares a birthday with you. Who woulda thunk? I wanted to share with you what I got/made Danielle for her Birthday.

  1. I made the red headband from this pattern and I was going to keep it for myself, but then I felt guilty (to be fair, it looked really cute on me, and I have a funky head, so it’s hard to find cute headbands). It was super quick and easy, but somehow I thought that her head was the size of an elephant because it was HUGE. I had to take it out and re-knit it.
  2. I knit the heart from my own pattern. (There will be more about it soon, so stay tuned!)
  3. I made the card (have to admit, I’m pretty proud of myself/really excited about it)
  4. The tote is from Mystic Moose Creations, and I absolutely love it (I may have gotten the exact same thing for myself, and by may I mean that I definitely did)

So, that’s about it. A smattering of things, if you will.

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