Monday, July 22, 2013

Yarn Bombed



When I drove by this stop sign in my neighborhood I Jumped Right out of the Car.

Somebody had Yarn Bombed the Stop Sign!!

I knew this was going on all over the world but San Diego can be a bit..okay..a LOT conservative so I never expected to see it here. But here it is. And there are others here as well.

Sign poles by Crochet Grenade.
A fire hydrant. Again by the awesome Crochet Grenade.
 Arrrrgh. photo by Marc Fredrickson
I just knew that I HAD TO yarn bomb something. Now the po-po are on the hunt for the elusive Bryan who does the flower stop signs.  I have enough problems without having to add jail time to my resume so I decided to yarn bomb the tree in my own front yard.

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I wanted to do Black and White Stripes like this because I am Yipes Stripes NUTS about Black and White Stripes which you already know if you have ever visited my Stripe-Me-Up Pinterest Board.



So I measured the tree and bought the yarn and.....
we moved to another house before I even got started. Augh! I haven't yarn bombed yet. Which is pretty typical for me. I have piles and piles of unfinished knitting projects: Sweaters that have GONE out of style and COME BACK into style and I still haven't finished them. Sweaters that my children outgrew before I ever finished knitting them. Sweaters with Shoulder Pads. Shoulder Pads!!! We're talking mid 80's. All unfinished. So I can add yarn bombing to my list of unfinished projects. Sigh..



I finally ended up using the yarn to make Pancake a little sweater. A Completed Project!
So I guess you could say that I Yarn Bombed the Dog!

PS
This week I'm attempting to link up with both Patti at Not Dead Yet Style and Jane at Flight Platform Living. Jane's prompt for this week's Shiny T Tuesday is: UNDENIABLY ME.
Here I am wearing an outfit that I have had FOREVER starting a project that I will probably NEVER FINISH. So Typically ME.

Hat bought in Venice Beach, California about 19 years ago.
Mexican blouse bought from a vendor on Olvera Street in Los Angeles at LEAST 30 years ago.
Denim cut offs from Banana Republic Outlet jeans about 6 or 7 years old.
Reefs flip flops about 5 years old.
Vintage Ray Ban sunglasses.
Here's a close up of the Mexican Blouse with its beautiful hand embroidery. See why I've kept it forever?
 

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  1. Wow Connie, those yarn bombed are so creative. I like the stem and leaf on the Stop sign to make it look like a flower. You must be really taking good care of your things and clothes for them to last that long. Pancake is so adorable. Can I have him? Have a great week.

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    1. I know Pancake is cute but he can be a real BRAT! You do not want him. You don't!

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  2. You make me laugh, Connie! Look at you, hugging the tree while you measure it, just so it doesn't feel self-conscious about its waist size. So thoughtful of you.
    I love the stripey pole with the candy colours and the fire hydrant. But no, we don't want any arrests, please. Though I may have to report you to the Pancake Abuse Police - does that dog look happy? He does not, you've shamed him.
    Don't worry about all the unfinished projects, they are part of your considerable charm. And that Mexican blouse is beautiful, I can see why it is an Old Faithful. Keep wearing it, please. And when you finally pass it on to somebody else (Me! Me!) the vintage psychic would say, "this blouse belonged to a lovely, funny, sweet lady, who hugged trees and liked to knit, but not finish, and yarn bombed dogs, and enjoyed being upright." Xxxxxxx

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    1. Oh Curtise. You are ALWAYS so sweet. Actually Pancake likes his sweater. He wants to EAT IT!

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  3. Yarn bombing. I love it! And it should be a rule that all cute dogs need a sweater like that. :)

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    1. I think it's hysterical when people put clothes on animals. I'm trying to get the dog to wear a beret. No luck yet.

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  4. Love me some BRYAN. And love you, too. I see you're wearing flip-flops. Yay for you! And Banana Republic denim shorts should last forever, unless you get old and fat like me. Pancake looks good in stripes!

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    1. Yeah. Flip flops are the first step...so to speak.

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  5. That stop sign looks awesome!
    I loved the gumball fire hydrant .... BUT OH NOOOO what if there is a fire?! *lol* People gonna throw gumballs at it??? =p

    Pancake looks ever so delightful in the stripes & I am in love with your top!!
    You look lovely Connie

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    1. You are such a practical girl ;-)

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  6. Maybe you could start by yarn-bombing a bonsai tree!

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  7. Yarn-bombed the dog?! BWA-HA-HA! He's so adorable in his sweater. Finishing projects is overrated, said the woman with the overflowing metaphorical In-Tray and the empty Out-Tray (moi). I love your top. And it's good that you got the tree's measurements - you never know when they'll come in handy.
    Super cool yarn bombing!

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    1. Yes. I am the crazy lady in the neighborhood that takes the measurements of all the trees. I love me a good eccentric. Never imagined I'd become one!

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  8. OMG only you could yarn-bomb a dog!!! that's made me laugh so loud!!! ooo i love that top! love white cotton embroidered tops...speaks of Summer and holidays xxxxx

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    1. It is such a summery top. It has seen many a summer.

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  9. Pancake looks pleased as punch with his/her jumper. As for that blouse ... I love it. I was in LA last November and went to some markets where they were selling blouses and dresses just like it. I didn't get one and I've been kicking myself every since.
    xx

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    1. Oh I hate when that happens. I've regretted a lot of non-purchases myself.

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  10. I'd love to get in on the yarn bombing and crochet grenading action but alas I am a snailingly slow knitter and as for crochet, no chance! I just about managed to knit a long narrow scarf once, it took weeks and it looked like a three year old had made it but I treasured it despite all its shortcomings & imperfections.
    I love your Mexican blouse, I'm having a thing for Mexi-clobber at the moment...frocks especially, now there's a surprise, eh ;)
    xXx

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    1. I shall be on the look out for Mexi-clobber.

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  11. That stop sign looks awesome! I can see why it inspired you! And your dog looks great, too! I would check yarn-bombing off my list if I were you! And that blouse is a total keeper. It's cute and classic.

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    1. Isn't that stop sign just the greatest?

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  12. You are hilarious! Get those jumpers finished, the hipsters love their 80s gear, you could make a killing on them!
    Love that Mexican top, I'd have kept it forever if it were mine, too! xxx

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    1. It's true. There is a bit of an 80's revival going on. Though I can't for the life of me imagine why. It was not my favorite fashion decade at all!

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  13. OMG, Pancake has never looked cuter!!! And tops from Olvera Street are the bomb --- I used to get leather sandals from there when I was a kid - they had painted on flowers and were all the rage.

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    1. Hey! I had a pair of those sandals, too!

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  14. There have been some yarn bombings spotted around Portland, I love it, such a fun idea. Love that you yarn bombed your dog...too cute!

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    1. Oh. I'll bet Portland has some awesome stuff. Such a cool artistic town!

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  15. I didn´t know it was called yarn bomb. I am learning every day, and I love it.
    It is so great to see you in your wonderful Mexican embroidered top, ahhhhhhhhhhhh
    Much love, my dear Connie.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx

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    1. I know. I learn just scads of stuff from you!

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  16. Way to be awesome with your yarn-bombing self! I can't believe that stop sign flower! So beautiful. I've never seen yarn-bombing in real life. Hopefully I will someday!

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    1. It is amazing in real life. Maybe it could be an art project for your class!

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  17. I love the idea of you measuring a tree for a new jumper. Maybe, in your defence, it didn't actually get cold enough for it to need it? I love the striped rainbow tree and Mr Angry with the moustache. Look at that pooch's face! :) S/he looks adorable. Mexican blouse, yummy, yummy, yummy! xxxx

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    1. You are so funny. You're absolutely right. The tree would have sweltering in a sweater! Pancake is a boy. Of course you can't tell by the name. Tho he is trying to get in touch with his feminine side.

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    1. Sometimes it's cool but mostly just sunny.

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  19. Hahahaha -- you yarn bombed the dog. I fabric bombed the tree outside our house and it is still up -- I think people think it's some sort of memorial thing.
    That stop sign is FANTASTIC! Our local group, Yarn Bombing LA, does all sorts of things around town. One of my favorites is a bunch of them will go collectively to an event and yarn bomb their vehicles!(Removable covers!) They also covered the Craft and Folk Art Museum on Wilshire -- quite a spectacle.

    OK, and that Mexican blouse took me straight back to high school, when all the cool girls wore peasant blouses. I just might have to make a little trip to Olvera Street to get one!

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  20. I had no idea about yarn bombing!! pretty cool!! thanks for sharing :)

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    1. I don't know why I find it so appealing.

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  21. Yarn bomb? i like that! yes we have them here as well in my hood!
    They are made by little old Ladies believe or not!
    I see you are feeling better that is good
    Pancake is really cute and i love the sweater you made her

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    1. Well, I'm kind of entering the little old lady territory.

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  22. Hahahha that was really funny:) people never STOP to surprise the h out of me.

    I wish you a great week and I really love August to...Its the period after Im not so found of:(

    LOVE M

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    1. Oh Maria. I just know you'll find something wonderful about September.

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  23. I have seen that bra strap after publishing the post, ah well,now the whole planet knows that i match my bra with my shoes!

    Ariane xxx

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  24. This is the second yarn bomb post I've seen today. Love Pancakes sweater and I LOVE your mexican blouse!

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  25. Hi, thank you for following my blog sorry its taken me a while to get round but I am so glad I did. Wow a new house move loved the photo of your surrounded by boxes :-) It spoke volumes. I love to see yarn bombing so I really enjoyed your post. Those ladies are very clever that fire hydrant is amazing. best wishes, dee x

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    1. I'm happy to be onboard with you!!!!

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  26. I so want to do yarn bombing myself!!! I should do something even if just a small thing.
    The mexican blouse is so beautiful, no wonder you have it for so long!
    I hope you are keeping well.
    Loads of love xx

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    1. You will be an awesome yarn bomber. I just know you will. Do it!

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  27. Oh my gosh! Yarn-bombing! Have never seen this before, and it's awesome!
    PS That sweater on your Pancake is too cute:)

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    1. Pancake makes most things look cute. Thanks for stopping by!

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  28. Yarn bombing-- now that sounds earthy and fun! Hmm.. I'll have to think about that.

    Pancake looks happy to have been yarn-bombed, I'd say. And in such chic black & white!

    Ker

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  29. These signs are so cute! San Diego is on my wish list of places to visit in US :)

    xxo

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