Yarnbombing Lark Books, Asheville, N.C.

7 Apr

Suddenly I had a brilliant idea. I should go to Asheville and yarnbomb Lark books. I adore Lark books-they publish beautiful books on craft, extremely beautiful craft. My favorite books are their 500 series –  collections of photos of  handmade beads, pitchers, knives, chairs, bracelets, necklaces and lots more. I have an entire book case of their art.

I flew to Charlotte and drove to Asheville. I parked at Earth Guild and walked down the hill and over to Lark publishing. It was hot and people were playing bongos. I had my measuring tape in my pocket.

Lark Books is a large new brick building with a alluring  closed bookstore storefront  and a sign on the door saying ” We are a publishing house, not a bookstore”. I pressed my nose to the glass and looked in longingly.

There were no poles in front of Lark books but there were 2 fine parking meters. I measured them and walked back to my car. I got my bag of yarnbombs and yarnbombed the flatiron corner. {More on that later}  A woman came by and told me flatly ” They will never let you keep that up. It will be down in an hour”

This was very discouraging. Maybe I shouldn’t yarn bomb Lark books. I trudged along. Then my mind cleared ” These pieces are a gift. I just give them ” I thought.” It doesn’t matter at all if they take them down”

I sat down at Larks’ parking meter and started to sew.  I had a really decorative yarnbomb for them-with red knit roses. Suddenly a man shouted ”  We know what this is! Crocheted Yarnbombing !’ { This is almost true}

I was a little startled.  I looked up and there were 3 very bright faced people smiling at me. One woman had a stack of extremely good looking books under her arm . I wanted to gently pull them away from her and sit on the sidewalk and read them. ” We work at Lark books and we saw what you were doing and we ran out to see”  the young man said.

This was great. I told them how I loved their books and collected them all.The blonde woman, Beth disappeared . Chris took pictures.  It was so fun to talk to them. Beth reappeared and handed me  3 beautiful new  books , ” The Masters Series ”  books on Earthenware, Quilts and Collage. I was floored. { Have I told you how much I love those books ? }

I think this was the best thing that has happened to me while I have been yarnbombing. Read what Lark Books wrote here.

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4 Responses to “Yarnbombing Lark Books, Asheville, N.C.”

  1. Gwen Diehn April 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    I arrived at Lark the day after the yarnbombing for a meeting with my editor and almost ran into the curb! I couldn’t take my eyes off of your wonderful parking meter! Thank you thank you! (Are you familiar with Stick Man in the DC area? Another great street artist working away to make life more fun for everyone!)

  2. Lyric April 7, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    All I can say is …AAAAAAWESOME!!!!!!!

  3. LC April 8, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    Congratulations for trudging on after the discouraging encounter with the naysayer. Wonderful yarnbomb, wonderful experience and great write up by Lark.

  4. Diana June 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Saw one of your yarn bombs in Asheville a few weeks ago and just remembered today that I’d wanted to stop by your blog. Seeing the unexpected splash of color brightened my day. Very cool! Thanks for the gift!

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