Yarnbombing is a poor way to make money . Although when I have been out yarnbombing on the street sometims someone will stop and hand me a five. I spent so much time last year yarnbombing that I had to give myself a loan. But the great thing about money and yarnbombing is this- yarnbombing showed me that if you are willing to not get paid , to not ask permission and to be calm about policemen -
you can do anything you want..
And almost everything you want.
I love Lark Books . They make the most beautiful books about Art Craft on the planet . I visited them last year and yarnbombed the outside of their building and had a delightful visit with 3 of their editors and Beth Sweet gave me 3 books which was the best reward for yarnbombing I could imagine .
However the city of Asheville took the yarnbomb just a few days later.
This left me with an interesting quandary . Should I put up a new yarnbomb in front of the Lark building this year when I knew it would be taken right down again ? I looked at my beautiful handspun hand knit yarnbomb and I couldn’t do it.
I let my problem sit calmly in my mind. Last year Amanda Carestio had rashly given me her business card and I had carefully saved it. So this is what I thought – if i didn’t feel good about yarnbombing the outside of the building – maybe Lark would let me yarnbomb the inside of the building. I have found that people will let me yarnbomb anything if I ask , it’s quite amazing. So I e-mailed Amanda and she said ” Yes !”
Amanda kindly sent me some pictures and I dug around in my embarrassingly large bag of yarnbombs . I packed up a huge bag of knitting options and flew off to Asheville. Amanda ushered me into the building and I saw this thrilling bright red staircase and knew that this was the perfect item to yarnbomb so I began sewing it up.
The director of lark – John Serena was interested in this activity – fortunately – and came out and talked to me . Book publishing is very interesting and some day I’d really like to write a book . After a nice chat John looked at me and said “Last year we gave you a book didn’t we ? “
” Yes – 3 books ! ‘ I said fondly .
” Well I tell you what – I’m going to take you down to our store room an give you a box and let you take as many books as you like and we will ship them to you “
Oh my God.
We went downstairs through a big maze of furniture and boxed books . John showed me a whole room of shelved books , gave me my box and said ” Take whatever you want .”
I looked at all those hundreds of books and said ‘” This is like a dream “
I began looking through books . I was happy to see I owned many many of them already . There were books on glass bead making , knitting , crocheting, wire jewelry , artist journals , pottery , glass blowing , photography , cupcakes – everything you could possibly want . It was 5.oo . Every one was leaving the building . I could hear things being locked up . I became gripped by the idea that I would be locked in all night with all these books .
I picked out books faster . Was I being greedy ? Yes !
I hesitated but pressed on. I wrote my address on the box which was full and picked out a crocheting book and a glass beadmaking book to take with me . Just in case they changed their minds . And I left
I felt supremely rich .