March 21, 2014

First Day of Spring Yarn Bombing!

I love making crochet flowers. They're fast and easy to do and use up leftover yarn from projects. (Confession: They also use up the yarn I buy from thrift stores.) I also love yarn bombing. Put the two together and you get a first day of spring yarn bombing!

I used the magnetic backing from various advertisements (like the kind you get at home shows or other vendor shows or maybe sent in the mail with a company's name, phone number, etc.) and hot glued them to the flowers. I'll be honest, I wasn't sure how many would actually make it onto people's refrigerators or into their homes and didn't want to spend money on something that had a 50/50 chance of being tossed. So, upcycled cheap ass magnetic material is was.

jar o'flowers

My areas of attack were my city's two libraries, another love of mine. Now, in my head, I envisioned a sunny day, birds singing, warm temperature, cars bedecked with flowers. In reality, it was a cloudy day, the temperature barely in the upper 30's and the car to flower size ratio substantially greater than in my head (what, did I think all cars were the size of a Smart car.....or a Tonka toy?) The birds, however, were singing. Somewhere. I'm pretty sure.

And then I got shy about it. So, while I'm blaming it on the nippy weather (although with the winter we had, upper 30's is balmy), I didn't take many pictures because I needed my bravado to put the flowers on the cars.

See what I mean about car to flower ratio? Yes, there really are crochet flowers on the cars.

Despite the paltry visual impact, especially in photographs, I had fun placing the flowers on the cars. It was my way of welcoming spring and (hopefully) giving the recipients a little gift to make them smile. 

I plan on making more and keeping them in my car for random yarn bombings when I run errands. It's fun and even if the person tosses it, there's going to be at least a moment when he or she has to confront and process the situation. A moment when they are taken out of their "regularly scheduled programming" and isn't that what art is all about?

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