8 June 2013 is International Yarn Bombing Day. Were you aware? I wasn’t, until I read Christelle’s blogpost on Wednesday. Wednesday! IYBD is on Saturday! What to do? Well for one thing, I couldn’t in good conscious let the day go by without yarnbombing something. It’s the one day in the year when I’m not the only weird one for attaching yarny things to railings and benches!
Something had to be done.
Same as my last minute Genoa yarnbombing of Intrecci Urbani, I got out the squares from Rachel’s Crochet Along. I had 11 completed crochet squares, left over Stylecraft DK and a yarnbombing deadline. It was an easy decision to make.
My plan was to use the squares to add to my bench yarnbombing in Summer Road because it seems to be a hit with the local Thames Ditton residence. No-one has tried to remove the crochet or damage it. In fact, people play and interact with it! I think of it as a yarnbomber-friendly-zone*. The railing behind the bench has been calling my name for quite a while now. Just as a living room looks best with something on the wall behind the couch, so my crocheter mind thinks the railing behind the bench could do with a little yarn loving…
Behold, my contribution to International Yarnbombing Day 2013:
As you can see, I joined up the squares (all crocheted from patterns in 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton), and added an edging to the bottom.
The edging pattern is as follows:
Row 1: SC in purple
Row 2: DC in purple
Row 3: *2DC, 2 chain* repeat in deep red
Row 4: *2 chain, 2DC* repeat in bright blue
Row 5: SC in lavender
Row 6: *SC, skip 3 stitches, 9 DC in same stitch* repeat in yellow
John and I put up the yarnbomb on Friday evening so that the Thames Ditton residents would wake up with a yarny suprise on the morning of International Yarn Bombing Day 2013.
Here is a video of me putting up the yarnbomb.
*Unfortunately this video and blog post is the only evidence of my yarnbomb. When I returned to the park on Saturday afternoon, someone had already, probably during the course of Friday night, tried to remove it. Out of the more than 20 cable ties I used, only five remained. Not only did they try to remove it, but they damaged the border in the process.
My contribution to International Yarn Bombing Day 2013 was visible for less than 24 hours, but I did take part and I have a video to remind me. I was really heart broken when I had to take down my crochet work, but I guess it’s just the risk you take with these kind of things.
elisabeth andrée said:
I like your yarnbombing! The bench and the fence behind it look very special.
Ag noooo, how sad is that. But that is the risk one takes with yarn bombing. It looked pretty while it lasted!
I hope your yarnbombings stay(ed) up longer!
mmmm, so the yarn bomb, bombed a bit. but its ok. well done though, in the end you added a bit of colour to a drab surrounding, someone liked it enough to try and take it for their teapot cosy!
Thanks Boeta. Elize said something very similar 🙂 If I can fix the edging, I can use it as a table runner on our new patio table… if John will allow it 🙂
Such a shame but 24hrs is better than nothing. 😦
Oh no – that’s such a shame. My first yarn bomb only lasted 3 days! My second lasted longer, but bits of it were removed from time to time, and now it’s all gone too 😦 I had intended to yarn bomb on 8th, but I simply haven’t had time to crochet or blog of late … still lacking time, but trying to do a teeny bit here and there. Hope you are well, even if your yarn bomb isn’t!
Life really does get in the way of our crochet love doesn’t it? And then hooligans get in the way of our yarnbombs too. 😦 We just have to stay strong and hook on 🙂 I hope you find enough time soon for a lovely looooong crochet session and then the time to take photos and blog about it too. Fingers crossed for you.