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Graffiti at Antioch College

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It seems like an eternity ago, but earlier this spring I took a long walk around Yellow Springs with my Holga and some Fuji 100 film. I walked around the Antioch College campus mostly. It’s a photogenic place, with lots of surprises.

I love to see the latest art the wall. It changes all the time and it’s usually pretty darned good.

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I’ve never seen the “Before I Die” wall before. I love the idea!

And finally, I walked past the Antioch Volunteer Workshop building. I love the graffiti on the two garage doors.

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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.