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Backyard Friends

Recently we had a couple of visitors stop by our backyard.

Deer

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Squirrel

The squirrels hang around the birdfeeders all the time, but I was surprised to see a deer relaxing along the woody part of our backyard. She stayed there for a long time before moving on. I’ve been hoping to have deer in the yard ever since we moved to Yellow Springs. I’ve seen them around the village, but having one at our house was a treat.

Photo Mojo

I kind of lost my photo mojo last year. I was just discouraged I guess, what with not really digging where I was living, the prospect of yet another move, an actual move, and getting settled in a new house.

I spent a LOT of quiet time knitting, crocheting, yarnbombing, and baking. Now that we’re coming up on a brand-new year, I’m feeling more photography enthusiasm welling up. Taking a walk  with a couple of 110 cameras on Thanksgiving Day ignited my interest again.

Flowers in the Women's Park
Flower sculpture in the Women’s Park, Yellow Springs, Ohio

In a previous post I mentioned that I’m gearing up to do another 52-Rolls Project, this time with a Holga. I’m planning to post highlights from each roll here on my blog and in my Flickr photostream.

If you’re reading this, I sincerely appreciate your interest. Most of the time I feel like I’m talking to myself around here.

In the meantime, here are a few photos I took on an outing to the Mall of St. Paul at the end of 2014:

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A New Yarnbomb by Zsa Zsa (aka GuerillaKnitter)

For more than seven years my friend Zsa Zsa, aka Guerilla Knitter, worked a little on crocheting one of those old-school granny square throws. You know, the ones with the colorful centers surrounded by black borders?

Well, she went to visit her parents and saw a hideous phone company equipment cover in their otherwise beautiful backyard. Something had to be done!

The size of the piece was already very close to the size she needed for the cozy. She attached a couple more rows to the afghan and quickly crocheted up a circular piece for the top and sewed the whole thing together. It looks great! If the phone company needs access, they can just pull the cozy off. Goodbye hideous equipment, hello yarnbomb!

Granny square cozy - a new yarnbomb by Zsa Zsa

Granny square cozy - a new yarnbomb by Zsa Zsa

The installation coincided with this year’s International Yarnbombing Day. And Worldwide Knit in Public Day.

 

Yarnbombing Makes the Neighborhood a Little More Cozy

I’m a big fan of street art, and I absolutely LOVE yarnbombing. I’ve even written about it before here on the blog: (Sub) Urban Knitting: A Tree Cosy Commission and Yarnbombing for Ma & Pa.

Well, I could hardly contain my excitement last Thursday when I saw that a fun and colorful yarnbombing installation appeared in my neighborhood in South Saint Paul, Minnesota. The cozies cover 11 ugly wood bollards that are supposed to prevent drivers from cutting through a closed-off end of the street. They look great!

According to small tags attached to the yarnbombs, the cozies were created by Zsa Zsa. More of her yarnbombing work can be seen on z-squared, and she’s on Twitter, too, @GuerillaKnitter.