Yarnbombing And Sugar

29 Aug

I often dream I am at a bakery and I am having every different chocolate cake , scone , cream cake , strawberry short cake , custard pie , chocolate truffle and lemon cream pie that they have in their glass case . On Sunday I met The Russian at Sweet Adelaine ‘ s  Bakery in Berkeley and that bakery is like my dream. The counter top and glass case is crammed with cookies , scones ,  fruit buckle cake , blondies , chocolate pave ,  everything I dream about . Unbelievably -I had a chicken curry sandwich , a piece of quiche and just one chocolate chip cookie . I knew I had hours and hours of yarnbombing to do and I didn’t want to get delirious.

I really liked that bakery and there was a good 3 loop bike rack outside . I considered ditching my plan to yarnbomb The Lakeshore library and  spend the day eating cookies and yarnbombing Sweet Adelaine’ s  instead but The Russian sweetly reminded me that I care  deeply about yarnbombing all the libraries of Oakland . So I went my way .

People often ask me about my assistant The Russian . Well she is going off to art school in San Francisco today and I am very proud .  And jealous.

So I drove over to Lakeshore which is very pretty and confusing to drive around . I drove around and around and finally parked my car . I yarnbombed The Lakeshore Library – I’ll tell you about that later – and then I went over to the big Gazebo by Lake Merritt and contemplated 3 lovely little bike racks .  ” They aren’t really a library ” I rationalized  ” But they are very near one and they would look exceptionally nice yarnbombed . ” So I yarnbombed them .

5 bike racks is a lot of sewing so I tried hard to stay relaxed .I’m always nervous at first , sewing and watching police cars drive by and wondering how the police are feeling today in Oakland . Eventually the sun and the shining like soothed me and I began to enjoy the beautiful and totally absurd act of yarnbombing.

The colors are very sugary on this installation . This made it very appealing to small children . A very little girl came and swung on a loop while I sewed . She came very close to me and fingered my pink sewing yarn . Then she wrapped my strip of knitting around her hand in a businesslike sort of way and tried to walk off with it . Sadly , I had to take it away . Later an older woman with a plastic badge around her neck came to watch me and she couldn’t stop giggling at what I was doing . She said she was from Hong Kong and she told me many things in Chinese . She wanted to help me so she held my knitting as I sewed. She held it very tight and crooked so it was only slightly helpful .

More people came by marching for peace . They have been marching for many years and may never get done . They knew all about my yarnbombing on College Ave . A woman and her photographer showed up next and said ” Can we photograph out shoes on your yarnbomb ?”

‘Ok ” I said in confusion . The woman sat down on a bike loop and promptly started to fall off as the knitting spun around . I devotedly hoped if she fell off that she wouldn’t sue me .

I sewed and sewed and worked on a little meditation exercise . Doing . Not doing . Feeling the Not Doing in my body .

At this point I realized that I had no idea where I had parked my car.

When this piece was all done it really looked like something . I couldn’t stop taking pictures . Sometimes yarnbombing looks like another world coming through this one . 2 woman stopped big smiles .” ‘This is your best one ever ” they said .

“I’ll quote you ” I said.

Then I went off to try and find my car .

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11 Responses to “Yarnbombing And Sugar”

  1. CrochetConcupiscence (@CrochetBlogger) August 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    Really terrific yarnbombing work! And I appreciate that you share your stories about the process with us as well as the photos. Awesome.

  2. ted August 29, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    Outstanding Yarnbombing… looks like you are getting it down. HaHa… that was a joke… of course you ‘have it down’! Beautiful Loops…

    I have a question… you are always fearful of the cops, have they ever asked you what you were doing? Have they ever said “that’s against the law, young lady”?

    Keep Yarnbombing and Storytelling… you make the world a better place… Unfortunately, I don’t think they will ever stop marching.

  3. Dyanna Anfang August 29, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    This may be my favorite one ever. The colors! And the stripes! And the image of the little girl trying to walk off with a piece of yarn history!

  4. knitibranch August 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    Your story made me smile, and reminded me of what I love about a good yarnbombing. Well done!

  5. Gina August 30, 2011 at 5:35 am #

    So pretty! How long do they stay up?

  6. Steph August 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Saw you working on this one! I admired your completed handiwork today.The colors in this one really keep your eye jumping along the color patterns.

    Thank you for your gift. It’s wonderful and living nearby, I’ll be happy to see it daily.

    take care!

  7. Kirsty October 7, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    These are beautiful, thank you :)

  8. Chris C. October 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Stumbled across a link to your blog today, and was thrilled to see these yarn-bombed bike racks here. I see them on my daily runs around Lake Merritt and they always make me so, so happy. Thank you!!!!

  9. Tara-Nicholle Nelson October 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    I don’t know what possessed you to start doing this, or where you find the time or energy. But I pray that you receive many blessings in your life and your career for the utterly harmless, overwhelmingly joyous moments your work brings to so many people. (And, btw – Oakland PD has WAY bigger fish to fry.) Thank you so much.

    • Ted Strutz October 23, 2011 at 9:34 am #

      Apparently, Seattle is about to be Yarnbombed! Are you part of this plot?

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