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Cowra Yarn Bomb

This once-naked statue in Australia now dons a granny square bikini thanks to some women from the Senior Citizens Centre.  Feeling bad for the lady outside of Tastebuds of Cowra Cafe, the ladies decided to crochet some clothing to protect her modesty.  Love it!

To read more or see additional photos, click HERE.

Yarn Bombing a Bridge

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The Broadway Bridge in Portland will turn 100 next month and volunteers have come up with a creative way to honor it: YARN BOMBING!

The bridge is the longest rail-type Bascule bridge still in existence.  It spans 1,742 feet (571 meters) over the Willamette River, in Portland, Oregon.  Organizers hope to cover one whole side with their knit and crochet handiwork.  So far, 150 volunteers have helped create a yarn banner shown above;  it’s already the city’s largest knitted art installation in history.

The project will end with a block party on August 10, to celebrate the 100th Birthday of the Broadway Bridge.


Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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What a beautiful day in the neighborhood…

The latest victim of a yarn bombing is this Mr Rogers statue in Pittsburgh.  Anyone who grew up watching this children’s television icon knows that each afternoon he came in the door and swapped his suit jacket for a lovely cardigan, so this couldn’t be more perfect.

Additional info and photo available HERE

It’s Park Season

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Flipping through my WordPress reader this morning, I came across this lovely example of  guerrilla knitting.  Since it is a combination of many of my favorite things (yarn, sunshine, and geekery), I had to share it with you.

“Park It” was done by yarn artist Knits For Life over 4th of July weekend.  Inspired by Hottea’s Minneapolis fence work, she set out to bring some new life into her sister’s town of Foster City.  Simply wonderful!

Home Sweet Home

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Buzz Feed posted an article the other day:  34 Adorable Things to Do With Leftover Yarn.  Of course I had to read it.  Number 24 on the list was “Make Wall Art” and showed the above photo.  Completely intrigued, I wanted to learn more.

With a little research, I found that the piece “Home Sweet Home” was done by UK artist Debbie Smyth.  According to her agent, “Smyth’s playful, yet sophisticated folio is created by stretching a network of threads between accurately plotted pins. Her work beautifully blurs the boundaries between fine art drawings and textile art, flat and 3D work, illustration and embroidery. The execution of her line literally lifts the image off the page, in a series of ‘pin and thread’ clusters.”

I hope you enjoy her work as much as I did.

Cro.Sh.Amy

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For the past few years we’ve seen uni-named Hollywood power couples:  Bennifer, TomKat, and Brangelina.  The newest edition to the pack is  Big Bang Theory’s  Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler, otherwise known as Shamy.  ❤

How do you make that better?  Add yarn, of course!  Shown here is an amigurumi likeness (artist unknown) which appeared on Facebook yesterday.

“Math, science, history, UNRAVELING the mysteries, that all started with the big bang!”

Neurological Knitting

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Ever a sucker for knitting and geekery, I was intrigued by an article I found on DVICE:

The Music Technology Group in Barcelona has devised a process to measure a person’s brain waves, and create a custom scarf with the pattern.  The team asks a person to wear an EEG cap, and listen to about 10 minutes of JS Bach’s Goldberg variations.  While this is going on, a computer is measuring the resulting brain activity, and then transferring it into a knitting pattern with an open-source machine called Knitic.

Not only is this super-cool, I’ve now answered the question of what to buy the person who has everything.

Troublemaker in Amigurumi

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Rock band Green Day is currently running a contest. They’ve asked people to choose a song from their ¡UNO!, ¡DOS!, or ¡TRE! album and create a video.  The submission deadline is today.

Using stop flash photography, filmmaker kerokerokingDX created this marvelous masterpiece in amigurumi.  He chooses the song “Troublemaker” and portrays three crazy fleas jamming on the a dog’s back.  I love it!

Best of luck to one really cool YARN-A-HOLIC.

World’s Largest Needles and Hook

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How big are the world’s largest knitting needles and crochet hook?

The soon-to-be record holding tools were created by Bolin Enterprises for The Yarn Studio, both of Casey, Illinois.  The knitting needles measure 13 feet and 0.75 inches long, are 3.25 inches in diameter, and weigh 26 pounds. The crochet hook is 6 feet and 1.5 inches, 3 inches in diameter, and weighs 9 pounds.  Wowser!

The best part?  If you claim you have the world’s biggest knitting needles, or crochet hook, somebody has to actually do some knitting or crocheting with them before Guinness will give you the record.  The requirement is a 10-by-10-foot gauge swatch in 30 minutes.  With each crafting tool.

The official measuring ceremony was held last Monday at Casey’s Monroe Elementary School.  Shop owner Jeanette Huisinga knitted locally raised wool into a section 29 inches long by 33 inches wide with the giant needles, and crocheted a section of wool 36 inches wide and 26½ inches long with the big hook.  “The crochet hook was somewhat maneuverable but working with the needles (propped on a sawhorse) became an exercise in aerobics… It was a full-body workout,” she said.

If you want to see more photos, check out the Herald Review article HERE

A Sweater for the Woolly Mammoth

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The life-size sculptures of ice age mammals at Whitehorse’s Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre are now wearing colorful knits. The woolly mammoth is sporting a stylish sweater, while the beaver rocks some sweet pajamas, all thanks to Yarn Bomb Yukon.

“The whole process, including the mammoth and the beaver, took about three hours,” said Jessica Vellenga of Yarn Bomb Yukon.  “We had to use some ladders and draped it and sort of form-fit it around with spare pieces . . .  We took darning needles and lots of yarn and stitched it all into one big piece.”

Yarn Bomb Yukon says it had permission from the museum for the bombing, and it was timed to coincide with the Canadian Museums Association Conference which starts in Whitehorse next Monday.

To see more photos and read about this project, you can check out Yarn Bomb Yukon’s blog here:  http://yarnbombyukon.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/knitting-for-pre-history-yarn-bombing-ice-age-mammals/