Thursday, September 2, 2010

A confession

Can you call yourself a knitter if you've never yarn-bombed?

The answer is clearly yes.  Thousands upon thousands of knitters, especially those of a certain age, would meet the term with blank stares.  But can you call yourself a hip, with-it knitter who refuses to be defined by her certain age if you've never yarn-bombed?

I've never yarn-bombed.  But it looks like that's about to change.

A group of folks are planning to cover fixtures and random items at the downtown bandstand with knit and crochet fabric as part of an arts festival.  Somebody knew somebody who knew that I knit and that I have students who knit.  They put me in touch.  And now I'm going to a meeting to plan this act of fuzzy vandalism.

When it's done, if I've managed to contribute and facilitate contributions from my students, I'll have crossed another point of no return in my crafting journey.  I will have used needlework to subvert the dominant paradigm.  I will have poked another old-lady-knitting stereotype in the eye.  I will have with malice aforethought aided and abetted an overthrow of public space in a way that (were it not all so very artsy and benign) could get me arrested.  Take that, upcoming forty-fifth birthday!

5 comments:

Sensible Seamstress said...

When will this take place? I wish I could join you!

Donna B. said...

It's going to be put in place at the end of September for ArtsFest at the beginning of October. Would you like to contribute some crochet? :)

The Sensible Seamstress said...

I would love to contribute - something small. What form should it take?

Truthfully, I'd rather join you. I've never yarn-bombed! I need to learn how to organize an event here...

Donna B. said...

We're hoping to have a Facebook page up with all the details on how to participate. I'll be sure to get you the link when it's ready! Until then -- think 15" or 24" long strips of knitting or crochet. Make 'em as wide as you want, but that length is what is needed to reach around the light poles on the site.

The Sensible Seamstress said...

Ah, what a great way to practice all the other crochet stitches I want to learn.