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A Knitted pole in Sacramento

17 Dec

I like how when you drive into Sacramento you go over a bright yellow bridge. I am always surprised by the calm, luxurious trees. And the broad flashing river. Sacramento seems like one big neighborhood.

I wanted to try putting up some knitted pieces in town. We had put up the first yarn bomb at the glorious Crocker Museum and I wanted to explore some more of the city. I like going to a new city and viewing the whole city as a big art piece . I learned yarn bombing in Paris to just wander all around a city looking for an  attractive spot with strong feeling to it. We parked on J and 10 and walked up to this beautiful square with a clock building. There was a very alluring pole on the corner that we decided to decorate.  The Russian had knit this piece playing with the idea of knitting a bar code. The bar code looks good stretched on the pole, sort of Zebraish. We knit our pieces in  strips and then whipstitch them onto the poles with more yarn. The square was sunny and filled with red and gold leafed trees.It was so tranquil there. We sewed on our little cloth streetcolor label, took some pictures , drank a cup of tea and walked over to the capitol.

A new yarnbomb at The Crocker Museum

15 Dec

I have had The Crocker Museum on my mind. I have continued to be surprised by all the positive feedback and enthusiasm . I wanted to go back and do a really big knitted installation, cover every pole. I thought that might be seen as a friendly gesture or it might be seen as really annoying. The first pole was really made for the new Crocker Museum which is white,uplifting and exhilarating. I like the old museum for different reasons, its comforting, enclosing, luxurious and calming. I knit this darker and more conservative piece for the old Crocker Museum.

I wanted to put it up in the dark and the museum is open until 7 on Wed. The Russian hadn’t seen the wonderful collection so we looked at art and waited for darkness. We also had some divine lentil soup at the cafe. I was surprised to find a the Paul Jenkins show in the special exhibitions room, it’s very beautiful and relieving to be surrounded by the color.. At 7 we went out and sewed this piece onto a pole near the old museum. It’s not very obvious that it’s there.It’s a little secret gift.

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