The world can overwhelm me at times, so I crave a simple life, not dominated by commercialism, respecting the art of the hand made and living in the present moment.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Thought I'd do my first yarnbombing installation on the Rockingham foreshore park this weekend. I didn't want to create yarn graffiti that could be used only once, and I didn't want to sew any seams. The blue/grey lighting bollards seemed to be a perfect target for a stripy sock thing, to keep them warm, of course, for the coming winter.
I measured up, didn't swatch (never do as I don't mind making mistakes, as long as I learn from them) and ended up with this acrylic bollard sock which should stand up to some rough and tumble for a little while. This one was done using the long tail cast on method for stretchiness, but with only 80sts and knit in a 2x2 rib, it was a bit of a snug fit. Next time I'll co 92 sts.
I've added a luggage tag which is a bit too big for my liking. Will have to refine that idea further. Anyway, it says "Life is empty without passion" on one side, and "I knit; therefore I am" (with apologies to Descartes). I've mentioned ravelry.com as being a site for obsessive knitter type people, but I haven't signed off as the creator of the bollard sock (yet) - might change my mind later.
Anyway, my idea of yarnbombing is that it should not harm the environment, it should be enough to raise a little smile (as opposed to a smirk, preferably), it should be re-usable, fun to do and on occasion, be aesthetically pleasing or at least quirky. I aimed for the re-usable category for this first one.