This weekend was my first experience in yarnbombing. I've never been much into it to be honest. Sometimes I just don't 'get' it. Like do tree branches really need extra warmth?
But because my small home town was having a big community event, we started to knit. (Me, my mum and my sister.) And knit. And knit. And pom-pom. AND knit and pom-pom. For weeks until it was the night before... and then the rain came. Which was very unfortunate and a bit annoying because we live in 'the sunshine state'. Where there is sunshine approximately 350 days a year.
Here's our top tips for first time yarnbombers from first time yarnbombers.
1. Knit everything slightly smaller than you think it should be. Wraps need to be firm to stay in place throughout whatever weather is thrown at them.
2. Don't darn in or cut off the ends of your yarn at colour changes. The ends can come in handy to sew on large pieces using the colours you've already got which makes the join neater.
3. It's totally more fun to 'bomb' under the cover of darkness. Even if it means you have to be up before the sun. You'll also be able to tell if you'd make a good criminal* and how stealth you actually are.
*Terrible. I was late and then forgot to bring the actual knitted piece to wrap around the street post. And also forgot scissors. So, yeah... no, not stealth nor would I make a good criminal.
- Possums are made from a Australian Country Spinners Australian Animals pattern book. Chickens are made from a Jacqui Turner Designs pattern available for purchase at http://www.ravelry.com/stores/jacqui-turner-designs