Despite being risk aversive, I do try new things all the time. My latest thing to try will be to participate in the first annual International Yarnbombing Day, which is to be held on June 11. Perhaps yarnbombing is new to you, too, so I will try to explain the concept. I have to say that I had never heard of this until just recently. In fact, I learned about it through another bookcrosser from bookcrossing.com. She suggested it as a variation of rabck, which is a Random Act of BookCrossing Kindness. In this case, she is calling it a RABCY (a Random Act of BookCrossing Yarnbombing), but I have digressed.
Okay, back to the concept of yarnbombing: it is "installing" a knitted or crocheted object in a public place such as on signs, benches, trees, etc. In a sense, it is a handcrafted graffiti that is supposed to give a bit of a Aha! moment and joy to those who see the objects. Yarnbombing was created by Joann Matvichuk in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, and has now spread to all the world. For example, there have been whole buses which have been covered with "sweaters", and trees have been given "cozies". Here is a site that explains it much better than I.
Since I neither knit nor crochet, the bookcrosser who set up the RABCY was kind enough to send me some small items (bright flowers in hues of orange, yellow, violet, scarlet, and more) that she knitted. With these flowers I'll be able to decorate some trees and signs around Huron. Maybe I'll create some pieces of finger-knitting, too, that I can use. Hopefully, I will get some photos of my posted 'artwork' and be able to share them with others.
The idea of yarnbombing is silly and crazy and a bit off-the-wall, but, on the other hand, the world could use a little color and beauty, and a bit of happy craziness, too. Consider joining yarnbombers from around the world on June 11th, and add your own "bit 'o yarn" to your street.
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