I think I have more questions than answers after finishing this project. This will create lingering in my mind. The topic is crochet. This is definitely the most challenging project I have made in crochet as it involved gauge, fit, shaping, and color changing within a row, none of which I am sure I did correctly and none of which I’ve ever done, before. Also, technique in sewing the crochet pieces together. What I knew however is that this pattern would be a great way to use up some remnant stash with its offering of color possibilities. I have plenty of remnants from past projects of small bits of color however I knew I did not have enough of one color for the main body. Purchasing only three skeins and using those scraps, I thought this a great way to stretch yardage. I did go with the yarn used in the pattern for this main color (MC), a silver grey filatura-di-crosa- zarina-chine.
As Grandmother, I was recently invited to the DC area to babysit grandchildren while very intent parents set up house for their temporary move. (no photos because I never knew how to take care of young ones and be a photographer at the same time)
Every so often you hear from a friend from the past. This was the case the day I received a lovely message from a colleague who had retired a few years before me suggesting a get together. She thought of me in particular as, like all of us seniors who are trying to keep our bodies and minds moving, she wanted to learn something new. She must have remembered that I crocheted as her suggestion was that we meet, chat of course, and I teach her how to crochet. Perfect, I thought.
Anything yarn-like is going to catch my attention so when this thing called yarn bombing came exploding onto the scene, what can I say, it intrigued me. I wanted to know the how and the why of such an art form. Well, in researching, it seems like this yarn bombing, otherwise known as yarn graffiti is just that, taking a common object, any object at all, and literally covering it with yarn via knit or crochet. I figure the knit or crochet pieces are made ahead of time and then sewn to the object. As I’ve read about it, some describe it as warming up and brightening an otherwise drab looking environment such as an inner city. Metal fences, street posts, and city vehicles become objects of attention. Also, trees. Common objects. Artists perceive it as opportunity, changing the way existing art forms such as statues are perceived and travel to major cities to carry out such. This artist’s work has caught my eye, New York’s knitwear designer Agata Oleksiak, also known as Olek. Here she has taken the giant Einstein statue in Washington, DC and used her iconic flair to give the statue that “new look”.