Thanks to UChicago’s Uncommon Fund, I received funding to purchase yarn and supplies for a yarnbombing project.  What is yarnbombing?  Why, it’s only covering everything in sight with yarn.  Trees, statues, benches, squirrels…

So, before school ended for the year, I received 225lbs of mill ends in the mail and distributed a few pounds to some of my knitters.  I only managed to bring two pounds home, but I have at least a two or three pounds of scraps around here, so I figured I will be kept busy enough.

I’ve worked my way through over a pound of it so far, and I’ve learned that there are two main components of yarnbombing:  Big and little.

Let’s start with BIG:

It’s quite simple to take a small pattern and size it up or a larger result.  This is a doily I made using worsted weight acrylic yarn and a size K hook.  It’s maybe 2.5 feet in diameter.  Pretty big!  And it didn’t take long.  I don’t know what will happen to this doily – hang from a tree, decorate a bench, or maybe I’ll add some edging in a different color to make it square and let it be more versatile.  Anyway, I quite like it and it’s now adorning my wall.

Now, little:

Squares!  In the middle there you can see a stack of squares I made from the pattern for a Tunisian afghan.  I decided I wanted to do something a little different, learn something new, so I tried Tunisian crochet.  Some of it was fun, some of it was tedious, but each square is only about 7-8 inches wide, so they didn’t take up much of my time.  They’ve be very easy to sew together and make other pieces the right size come winter.

On the left, in the blue, you can see a string of motifs I’ve been working on.  They’re from a pattern for an Damask-inspired lace afghan.  I don’t know what they’ll be used for, but they could be strung around polls or used to make other squares and rectangles larger.

You can also see in this picture a pair of size 15 knitting needles upon which I taught my sister to knit.  It doesn’t matter that the fabric is loose and a little bit wonky!  This type of rectangle will be the bulk of the tree sweaters.  There’s also a K hook stuck through some double crochet – another quick and easy way to make rectangles fast!

Also, on the left is the body of a squirrel I’m knitting.  I don’t know how knitters do it, I can’t make myself work on him for very long before getting distracted.   I can crochet forever, though.

So, that’s the start of my yarnbombing adventure.  I’ll keep you up to date as more things happen, but it’s not at any exciting place yet.  Mostly, it’s just about making fun stuff with yarn and in a few months throwing it up on trees.  What could be better?