Who is your inspiration?

This is my Aunt Harriett. We just called her Auntie. She was such a gentle woman. She would do anything for anyone! She did not have children so my sister and brothers were like hers (our Mom was her sister).

She loved to knit! She could do other crafts as well but knitting was her passion. She made the most beautiful baby sets! Most she gave away. Every year at Christmas we all were eager to open her gift. We knew we would have a new hat, mitten and scarf set!!!! These are the last ones she made me. I never had the heart to wear them.

When I was growing up,  Auntie and Uncle would come to visit every Saturday night and play cards with my mom and dad. She would always have a knitting bag in tow! She’d pull out those needles and her fingers would fly. I could sit for hours and watch her knit.

Eventually, around the 3rd grade, I decided it was time to learn how to knit as well. She had shown me how to crochet but that didn’t seem to click! It was many years later when a woman living in the nursing home I worked at taught me how to crochet and read a pattern.

Anyway! My first knitting needles were plastic. I would take my knitting to school and knit on our breaks. It was there, tragically, one of the needles got broken. Being plastic, I was able to sharpen it in the pencil sharpener. So what if one needle was shorter!!! LOL

My first garment was a sweater for my uncle. It was a pretty shade of royal blue. He was a big man and I was a little girl (grade school)so he seemed overly big. I made the biggest size in the pattern. Needless to say, it was WAYYYYY….too big. I told him I would tear it out and make it smaller. He said NO! He never wore it and when we moved him out of his house several years ago there was that sweater in a drawer ❤

My Auntie is gone now but her inspiration still burns within me. I will always carry her passion for making things!

I ask you….who inspired you? Please comment! I would love to hear your stories!

HAPPY CREATING! ANITA

Yarn Bombing

Yarn bombing is a type of graffiti or street art done with yarn, either crochet or knit. So the question asked; is it art or vandalism? Technically it is illegal as with any other graffiti. However, it is rarely enforced.

There are many places one can find this art. Most of the time it is seen in cities…

Park benches:bench

Trees:  trees

PIPES

 pipe2          waterspout              pipe3

I recently watched a video of a yarn bomber, London Kaye. She was interviewed on CBS news http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/how-one-yarn-bomber-is-redefining-street-art/

WOW!!!steps         BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833) Picture: Collect A more gentle than traditional Guerilla art campaign is spreading across the globe - 'Yarn bombing' involves women leaving knitted reminders on objects as varied as trees, lampposts & even a bus. The craze that started in America has now spread to the UK with the 'artist' taking pictures of their work and putting them on the internet. Magda Sayeg from the all female guerilla knitting group 'Knitta Please' has covered an entire bus in Mexico City

Here is a simple project I might try…chair

It would be a fun way to use up bit of yarn. Kind of like free form crochet!

So I would love to hear what you think. It is art or just another form of vandalism?

Happy Creating! Anita