Sunday, June 26, 2011


*That was my best evil-laugh attempt.

Excitement is building for our next impending group yarnbombing. What started as one simple, subtle idea has exploded into something even more crafty (pun intended). This was a level 5 brainstorming. More people are getting interested, so we should have a good group and number of items to "tag" with. Having a large group of people is good; I worry that if just four or five of us are wandering around, back and forth, "loitering" somewhere, it will be obvious. Having a dozen or more people strolling around in small groups or by themselves would be more casual and less attention-grabbing.

In addition to our knitted and crocheted tags, we do have some other things we've got to prepare:

1) make new paper tags. Probably business cards (yay for Vistaprint's free stuff), as they are smaller than the ones we had last time, and a little thicker.

2) obtain a bunch of yarn needles. We'll probably grab a few packs of these. We will still use zip ties on some things, but we'd like these to last a little while longer.

The next few weeks are going to be busy for those involved as we work to create items

In other news, I did not get to do a yarnbomb in Manteca on Saturday. The location we were at was indoors, and on private property. I looked for a suitable spot down the street, but there were too many people around in broad daylight. My personal goal is to get something else "bombed" before July 1st!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Tagging Manteca

I'm up way past my bedtime prepping for a vendor booth tomorrow at a street faire in Manteca. This is a very last-minute plan; I found out about it at 1 pm today. I don't have as much stock as I'd like, but am sharing a table with a friend, so shouldn't be too bad.

Very annoyed that my new toy, a Square ( is not working. When I got it a month ago, it did! I spent an hour troubleshooting, uninstalling, reinstalling, rebooting and researching, to no avail. I can still use it with typed-in card numbers but the service fee is higher.

Of course, I intend to yarnbomb something while I'm there, if time permits. Will take pix. :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Crafty goods, musings and WIPs (works in progress)

As I tweeted earlier today, last night I had a dream where I was standing near a railroad crossing about a mile from the house I grew up in, when the guard rails came down and a train rolled past at a slow speed. I saw on several of the cars obvious signs of yarnbombing: green, yellow and pink striped panels, beige and lavender squares hanging off the ladder rungs. I remember being so excited to see it, wondering where the yarnbombs originated from and how far they'd traveled... and I wanted to snatch one of the items off the train so I could analyze it!

Graffiti on trains has always been fascinating to me. I love the huge pictures and stylized letters done in several colors. Where did the artwork originate? How long did it take? I have been known to sit at train crossings where the train goes extremely slow *cough*Lodi*cough* and put my vehicle in park and watch the cars as they go by, to look for interesting artwork and colors and try to figure out how I could somehow copy the colors or shapes into something I can make. Yes, what they're doing is vandalism, but I wish shipping companies could incorporate that into their railcars somehow - leave the areas where the specs are printed alone, but have stylized logos and scenes done by artists. It surely would be a lot more colorful and appealing than the sides of the U-Haul trucks.

There used to be some kind of program in Stockton where convicted taggers were put to work (perhaps community service) creating murals on the sides of businesses. This was probably 1995 or 1996. I always wondered what happened to that - it seemed like a good idea.

I've been working on some items for our next yarnbombing. I'll take my workbag along with me to my job and pull out some scrap yarn and a hook and work on them during breaks, slow periods or when I'm on the phone. Co-workers will stare, or come ask what I'm working on. Some of the things I'm working on now are kind of cute, in a bizarre way. I need to bust out my Crochet Harmony Guide and try out more new stitch patterns. The one I was attempting today looks off, somehow. I shouldn't fuss about it - I realize it will either be cut off and thrown out, or someone might steal it, but I'm still a perfectionist.

Crochet has become so habitual to me that I can work patterns from memory, without looking at the project. Makes it handy in the movie theatre when I'm fidgeting over the smell of movie popcorn! I can work on a dishcloth or scarf or yarn-bomb and still focus on the movie. Knitting, not so much, yet. 

What seems to be common with a lot of knitters or crocheters is that's not all we do. Several of us do both, some spin their own yarn, some weave, some do cross-stitch, sew, make jewelry, paint, sculpt, bead, etc. I think it's a creative bug that we never really get over. It definitely can drain one's bank account, even with Internet specials, and 50% off coupons for JoAnn's and Michael's.

I just received some hairsticks I ordered, to work on some items I plan to sell at craft fairs or on I had made a custom item for another one of the our yarn-bombing "crew" that gets a lot of attention whenever she wears it. I also just splurged on a huge assortment of rhinestones, and an application tool (like a soldering tool, really) to work on other projects, after being inspired by a hair accessory I saw a woman wearing today. This in addition to my weekend purchase of some ruffle yarn and buttons that mimic the puffy friendship hearts from the 40's... I'm glad I use coupons and comparison-shop online as much as possible. Still, my craft room is full to bursting!

No, I swear, I'm not Leslie Hall (see video). I don't even own a gem sweater...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Yarnbombing for money?

Well, not quite. We definitely won't be doing any of this for advertising a business.... It would take the fun and spontaneity out of it, otherwise.

On June 11th, as we were preparing our items for our yarnbomb by adding tags and finishing up last-minute items, we were approached by someone who wondered what we were doing. We didn't quite let her know the whole story at first, but after conversing with her for a little while, spilled some of the beans (the what, not the where).

She liked our items well enough to ask one of us if she could commission custom-colored "pom-bombs" (like what went on the parking meters) for a sports club her child was involved with.

40 pom-bombs later and there are some sore fingers from all the winding, cutting and tying. It was a lot of fun, though. Now we have some extra money for yarn and supplies!

We just created a Facebook fan page for Knitorious 209, administrated by one of the members of the group. We're hoping this is a way for other local yarn-bombers to display their handiwork! Please don't forget to "like" our page, if you're on Facebook, also!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Mentioned in local media...

Psyched that Michael Fitzgerald from the Record has featured our yarnbombing in an article on his blog.

Also - we are on Twitter. Feel free to follow! We'll be giving glimpses of our upcoming projects, as well as sharing pics of yarnbombs done by individuals in the Stockton area. I'm hoping other knitters and crocheters in the area get some inspiration and start tagging Stockton, too!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Yarnbombing, one week later

Drove by to check out things at the park. Most of the stuff has been removed; however I saw a few flowers on poles, and cherries in the trees. The flagpole wrap has slid or been pulled down toward the base of the pole... I'm going with pulled because the bottom zip tie is gone.

Won't anyone go push it back up higher on the pole?

I wonder where the items have gone. Many have visited this blog, but no comments left. Did you take something? We'd love to hear from you...

Next project due in August. Will have sneak peeks from time to time. And we'll be keeping our skills up with random tagging in the area. Watch for pics!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Where should we yarnbomb next?

We had so much fun Saturday night that of course, we're going to do it again, Stocktonians! The question is: where? It needs to be public, where a lot of people are exposed to it.

We want places where we don't have to worry about a strong police presence, nosy security guards or tons of cameras... this can be considered vandalism, even though we are being careful and considerate of property and plant life. Is there a statue in need of a new outfit? An ugly bike rack or bus stop? Give us your suggestions!

Also... if anyone is willing to donate acrylic yarn to our project, yes, we will gladly accept! Even partial skeins are welcome.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Aftermath of yarn bombing, June 12th

We just received pictures taken this afternoon... it sounds like other than three bees (enjoy, whoever you are - will you post a comment on the blog, or send pictures of the bees in their new adventures?) and a few flowers, things are still there...

We have this same sign photographed in the dark!

More pictures of MLK Jr. Plaza Yarnbombing

Our first "warm-up" yarn bomb. Not ten minutes after this was up, a young kid (about 11?) was sitting at the table, completely unaware there was a flower above his head.

Second tagging - same restaurant.  :)

Getting things sorted and ready to go...


Last night as we yarnbombed Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza (amongst other smaller tags left around town), we were surprised at the lack of acknowledgement. There was a huge event at the Civic Auditorium across the street, cars were parked all around the park, people walking on the sidewalks past us, lots of traffic driving by.

Not once did anyone come up to us, or call out to us. Granted, we were trying to be nonchalant, and it was fading from dusk to dark, but you've got to wonder why several girls are wandering around the park, putting things on trees, fixtures and parking meters for a good hour or so... right?

We also noticed people being oblivious to bright yarn decorations hanging where they shouldn't be. No curiosity, no awareness... wouldn't you want to know why brightly-colored pom poms are attached with a fluttering paper tag to a parking meter? or why a bright yellow and pink flower is tied to the lampshade above your table at a restaurant? We left paper tags on each item, with this blog's URL, a brief explanation of what this was, and that we meant no harm.

Obviously if you're here and you didn't click on a link somewhere, you ARE observant and you DID wonder what was going on. Kudos to you!

Again, we ask: What did you think when you noticed the yarn? Did it remind you of something, someone, or an important memory? Did it please you? Annoy you? Baffle you?

Please comment and let us know.

Decorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza

It took a good hour or so, but we managed!

To the owner of this car - I hope you aren't angry with us... the rack was too tempting to pass up.

Vietnam Vet Memorial, with flagpole in the background.

Some of the things we put up... we were careful to use zip-ties and not damage the plants or fixtures around the park. They can be easily clipped to remove... but we hope they can stay up for a little while!!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Did you find us because of a "tag"?

Did you find one of these floating around somewhere unusual?

We've already placed a few small "yarn bombs" up in Stockton... more to come tonight. Pictures too, of course. Yes, we're a little nervous about it... it can be viewed as vandalism, though it is temporary and shouldn't harm anything. We're being very careful about how we're doing this, to be considerate of property and plant life.

If you found our tags... What did you think when you noticed the yarn? Did it remind you of something, someone, or an important memory? Did it please you? Annoy you? Baffle you? Please comment and let us know.

Yes, we realize there are much more "worthy" things we could be doing with our scrap yarn. But it's ours. We have made blankets, scarves, hats and other items for charity in the past - most recently for Warm Up America earlier this year. We are entitled to have fun, too, aren't we?  :)

Friday, June 10, 2011

International Yarn Bombing Day

The Knitorious 209 will be staging their initial bombing somewhere in downtown Stockton, CA on Saturday evening, June 11, 2011.
YARN bombing, that is. Did we get your attention? 
This Saturday is International Yarn Bombing Day....
We, the Knitorious 209, intend to beautify an area in downtown Stockton with knitted graffiti; we do so in the hopes that we can engage the general public, draw attention to something you might ignore, make you recall something hand-made from your childhood and hopefully bring some positive publicity to the city.
 Stay tuned...