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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.

Yarnbombing for Ma & Pa

You may (or may not!) know that I’m an avid knitter and even enjoy spinning from time to time. My parents commissioned a couple of yarnbombing projects and I finished them while I was visiting last week. Previously my Mom commissioned a tree cosy for the front yard.

This time I knit a cosy for Mom’s cane, Charlie.

Charlie the Cane with Cosy

I made a cosy for the tree in the backyard we call Waldo (aka Kissy Face).

Waldo (aka Kissy Face)

The third yarnbomb was installed on the front porch of the house:

Ma with Charlie the Cane and yarnbomb

The cane cosy was a spur-of-the-moment project, but the tree and the flowers and vines were in the works for awhile. The cane cosy generates lots of comments starting with A Wool Gathering, the annual sheep and wool festival in Yellow Springs, Ohio, that Mom and I attended right after I made the cosy.

 

 

 

(Sub) Urban Knitting: A Tree Cosy Commission

I stopped in Ohio to visit my family on the way to and from the Fields Project in Illinois. My Mom saved an article from the local paper about yarnbombing. She really liked the idea and so she commissioned me to knit a cosy for a tree in the front yard.

The neighbors are completely baffled by the whole thing. Just about everyone asked, “What’s the purpose?” My parents just laugh. Guess that’s where I get my nutty sense of humor.

I’ve got a couple other pieces in the works for my parents house and hope to have them finished and installed by mid-September.

All the photos from the front-yard tree cosy commission are at Knits da bomb, a set on Flickr.