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9/11 American Flag Yarn Bomb

Posted in yarnbomb, yarnbomb photos on September 11, 2011 by jaesee

Hello strangers! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Well, the day after International Yarn Bombing Day I had the worst case of stomach flu/food poisoning that I’ve ever had and even had a little trip to the ER, so I never really posted about it. Then I spent the next month or more getting ready for my wedding. And then I relaxed for a while.

But I’m back! Thought I’d knit something nice in remembrance of 9/11 to add to the Alki Statue of Liberty in West Seattle (my main ‘hood). I don’t want to say a lot about the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, but it was a very memorable time in my life for many reasons, and not only was it a catastrophic event that affected just about everyone in some way even if small, it just seems to be a benchmark in my life.

One of my best friends wrote on facebook of humbleness and pride today, and I think she sums up a lot of the feelings I have had over the last 10 years about the event:

“As pride often does, we looked outside of ourselves to find the enemy, the one to blame, so that we wouldn’t have to look inside at what we may have done to contribute. We had an opportunity to question our relentless consumption, our foreign policy, our financial health, our priorities, and our faith.  Instead, we forged ahead into expensive, deadly wars.”

So well put.

I’m not a super patriotic person, but I do think there are a lot of really great things about living in this country that we take for granted. So today, I’ll be proud to be an American, even if that is a hokey notion.


Tree Sweater Yarn Bomb

Posted in garage sale, yarnbomb, yarnbomb photos on May 12, 2011 by jaesee

Tonight in the West Seattle Junction was our monthly Art Walk, and what better time for a yarn bomb that during a night celebrating local art? So for the last few days I spent my time knitting a sweater… for a tree. I mean, it is pretty cold here still even though it is May and supposed to be spring. The trees are cold, right?

Oh, and the West Seattle Blog totally SCOOPED ME! I was caught in the act!

Honestly, it is way more fun to do it in the light of day with passersby. Obviously I wouldn’t be blogging all about it if I didn’t like the attention, right? It’s fun to talk to people who love what I’m doing! It’s also fun to talk to fellow knitters.

Don’t forget, we’re sale #204 this Saturday, West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day. All proceeds go to the kidney transplant fund for my mom. It’s a very good cause, and we’ll have a ton of great stuff. Please come!

And without further ado, here are the photos of the tree sweater!

Happy May Day Yarn Bomb!

Posted in hardcore knitting, yarnbomb, yarnbomb photos on May 1, 2011 by jaesee

It’s a beautiful day for a yarn bomb! Yesterday was also lovely and provided a beautiful mostly clear Seattle evening as the backdrop to our Admiral Way Viewpoint yarn bomb for May Day!

A little about May Day historically, because it isn’t a holiday celebrated much around these parts. From Wikipedia:

“May Day is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night. May Day falls exactly half of a year from November 1, another cross-quarter day which is also associated with various northern European pagan and neopagan festivals such as Samhain. May Day marks the end of the unfarmable winter half of the year in the Northern hemisphere, and it has traditionally been an occasion for popular and often raucous celebrations.

The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times, with the festival of Flora, the Roman Goddess of flowers, and the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries. It is also associated with the Gaelic Beltane. Many pagan celebrations were abandoned or Christianized during the process of conversion in Europe. A more secular version of May Day continues to be observed in Europe and America. In this form, May Day may be best known for its tradition of dancing the Maypole and crowning of the Queen of the May.”

And so I thought, FLOWERS! Lots of them. I didn’t make nearly as many as I had planned, but I had help from some new members of YarnCore so we did great.

Also, Jonathan Coulton has a different angle on the 1st of May:

(there is also a video with funny World of Warcraft scenes that I recommend, but I thought I’d keep it clean with these cute ASL guys)

So, since today is May 1st, Sunday and a rare clear and beautiful day in Seattle, I suggest you do a little drive-by at the Admiral Way Viewpoint in West Seattle to see not only a beautiful view of Seattle, but also some beautiful knit and crocheted flowers!

Before I get to the pictures already(!), I wanted to address a little note on the back of the tags I left on this particular yarn bomb:

At the risk of jeopardizing my identity, I wanted to talk about this for a moment. You see, the kidney transplant patient that we’re raising money for is my mom. She has advanced kidney disease and will soon need a transplant. If all works out correctly, she will get one of mine. We’re very hopeful for a great outcome for this, but she needs a little assistance. She is self employed, which means that a lot of time off for recovery isn’t covered under her job like it would be for me. And while there is great social services available to her, it may not be enough to cover her rent and bills after the surgery. Also, prior to the surgery there is a lot of dental work that must be done to prevent future infection that isn’t covered under her current insurance, so the money will help with this as well. My mom is a wonderful lady, one of the nicest you’ll ever meet, and our close West Seattle friends have rallied around her to get this yard/garage sale on May 14th rolling. We’re going to have a ton of amazing things like a Wii Fit, a bunch of video games, a tv, antique dress forms, clothing and shoes all in great shape! It’s going to be huge, and we’ll have refreshments and baked goods for sale as well. All proceeds go to benefit my mom’s transplant fund. Details on location and more of the great stuff we’ll have to come. Look here for details in the coming weeks.

On to the photos! These first 3 photos come from Melissa Fenno, who just happened upon us while we were putting up the project! Thanks Melissa!

Putting up the scariest yarn bomb so close to oncoming traffic!

That flower in the front is our favorite!

Gotta put on those perfect finishing touches!

Here are a few from one of my fellow bombers! Thanks!

Here are some of my photos.  But as I said before, go see it if you can! It’s a good day to see the lovely view, and it is so much prettier in person!

Happy Easter Bomb!

Posted in hardcore knitting, west seattle art attack, yarnbomb, yarnbomb photos on April 23, 2011 by jaesee

My friend and fellow knitter Irukandji has joined YarnCore and gave me a knitted piece to put on a pole, but she took it to another level and covered it with Peeps! She also gave me some extra peeps so I made some i-cord and attached peeps to it. Then I attached glass ball ornaments from West Seattle Art Attack.

I decided that an Easter yarn bomb would also need a colored egg, so I got to work today and knitted this stuffed Easter egg up real quick.

Water glass for scale

Once the egg was finished, I decided not to wait for dark. It is a rare warm and beautiful day here in Seattle (according to Cliff Mass we’re having one of the worst springtimes EVER) and I figured that would be more fun. I’ve never done a daylight bomb before. I was a little nervous about it, but then I guessed that maybe everyone would be nice about it because they were in a great mood from all the sun. I was right, lots of friendly smiles and compliments. I love my West Seattle community!

I put it up in my neighborhood (Admiral District) close to where Irukandji lives so she can enjoy her work with me!

Run in with the LAW!!

Posted in yarnbomb, yarnbomb photos on April 12, 2011 by jaesee

Tonight on a whim I decided that it was time to test out the free form, non-knitting yarn bomb. The idea is kind of like cross stitching a fence, and what I realized is that it is WAY too time consuming to do on the sly. I think I’ll stick to knitting, thank you.

At work with my YarnCore hoodie on!

I started out by myself and then my lookout came. I’m very thankful he came because I think I would have peed my pants had I been alone when THE COPS PULLED UP. Yeah, maybe I shouldn’t have had my hood  up and looked all suspicious. I only had it up because it was cold and we had taken the photo you see above. It’s funnier if I wear my hood up while I do it, like I’m a criminal or something! But yeah, about 20 minutes after I started a cop pulled up right next to us, got out of his car and approached us and my heart started beating like crazy. All I could think was, I can’t get arrested for this, right? RIGHT? And yes, that IS right. When he saw what I was doing, he laughed and explained that they have a lot of people stealing from construction sites and that he has to check out suspicious activity, and to go ahead and keep doing what I was doing. I love the way he laughed, like OH, I see, you’re doing something dorky and weird, whatever! Go ahead! So I thanked him and finished up my project. YAY!

This was my first real run in with the cops ever, so I’d say I’m living a pretty lawful life, wouldn’t you say?

The piece is small and very imperfect, but it’s cute and colorful so I’m going to say success. Especially with that whole evading arrest situation.

Stitching away!

With the flash so you can see the colors a little more

Want to join YarnCore?

Posted in hardcore knitting, yarnbomb on April 6, 2011 by jaesee

We have bigger projects planned for May 1st and also June 11th for International Yarn Bombing Day, so if you’d like to join YarnCore in the movement, go here and request membership:

Participation can come in many forms – you don’t have to physically be at the site during the bombing, you can just contributed crafted materials if you’d like.

Meander’s Kitchen Bomb!

Posted in hardcore knitting, west seattle art attack, yarnbomb, yarnbomb photos on April 5, 2011 by jaesee

Today’s bomb as of a different variety, a free standing piece that didn’t need installing. It used and was inspired by blown glass art by recent collaborator and friend of Yarncore, West Seattle Art Attack. Expect more pieces incorporating blown glass art from WSAA in the future!

The dirt is knit, the leaves are knit and the flower is knit. Spent all day Saturday like a knitting fool getting this ready! But I liked the way it turned out so much that I really didn’t want to just leave it outside somewhere, like the other two projects. This seemed more appropriate for a local establishment of some sort. On the Yarncore Facebook page, we received some suggestions, like leaving it in a library or neighborhood community center. These were good options, but I feel like there isn’t a lot of traffic in libraries anymore, especially the one near where I live, and for it to have the biggest impact in a library I’d want to put it in the downtown location. This didn’t appeal to me, though, because I’m trying to stick to West Seattle for the time being. I then thought about all the restaurants and coffee shops that I love in West Seattle, and tried to think of a place that would really b e appropriate. And then it occurred to me that I was planning to go to Meander’s Kitchen the next day to pick something up from the brilliant owner (and friend of Yarncore) Miranda and realize that Meander’s would be the perfect location for it, so I brought it along!

If you haven’t been to Meander’s (or heard of it), it is a tiny breakfast place in the old Jade West Cafe location that a lot of people in West Seattle have been raving about. It’s pretty much a one woman show, with Miranda cooking up delicious breakfast and lunch on the stove right in front of you. She’s mindful of your food allergies, sensitivities and diets and everything is very fresh and authentic. Miranda is not only an amazing cook, but oh so friendly and it feels like home away from home. I had the Punk House Hash with potatoes, spinach and a variety of sauteed veggies (the broccoli and wild mushrooms tasted amazing) and I had it “epic style” which included cheese, poached eggs, sour cream and this really delicious homemade salsa. It was all SO GOOD. Not your average greasy breakfast, this place has seriously good food.

Here’s the bomb in it’s new location. Miranda was excited to get it and gave me a big hug! I then realized I had picked the perfect location. I LOVE LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES!