3 Happy Hookers

Craft | Monday July 25 2011 | 11:00 am | Comments (9) | Tags: , , , , , , |

3 Happy Hookers

Today I have had so much fun making a mess in a public place!  It was my first experience of yarn bombing, and a first of my partners in crime: 2 Sarah’s and Kathy! 

I know it’s not good to just cut to the chase, but above you’ll see one of our finished pieces on the back of a bench.  One of the Sarah’s had to leave by the time this was taken but from left to right: moi (yes really! I must have had a good day if I’m happy to show a pic of li’l old me!), Sarah and Kathy. 

The basic plan was to cover a bench or the back of a seat in the Waterside Plaza in Sale, south Manchester.  We had some panels already made by others and a few other bits and pieces.  My contribution was a pretty little piece made to look like a lawn with daisies on it.  

There are loads and loads of pictures from today so I am going to put them all in a set on my flickr page  and there are different ones on Kathy’s flickr too.  I’ll put just a selection in this post.  Do go and have a look, after you’ve read all of this, of course! 

My favourite image from the day

 

Anyway, there were so many great  moments – here are just a few of them: 

 

  • Kathy coming over all hot and bothered when the local constabulary came to say hello!
  • The look of horror on Sarah’s face when I had to use a knitting needle to reach the owl out of a tree (I think she thought it would hurt him!!)
  • Spending hours and hours laughing in the sunshine while decorating trees with knitting and crochet!  Who’d have thought it!
  • Trying to join the edges of pieces of knitting or crochet wrapped around a tree – it’s rather difficult I can tell you!!
  • Realising one of the trees had no leaves on it and crocheting some to make it look better.
  • The look on people’s faces when the realise what you are doing.
  • Stopping  for tea and cake and more crochet at Bean and Brush (where Sarah works) and deciding to decorate their tree while we were there.
  • Plotting the next time!!

 

We did learn a few things too!  Mainly that next time we will do it without being part of another event.  Today there was a community event being set up while we were doing out thing.  We got the impression that everyone thought we were there as part of the event, and thought we would stay to teach people to knit and crochet, which was never our plan on this ocassion.

And one other lesson, we spent a lot of time standing and admiring our handiwork!  That probably isn’t the idea so next time we plant the bomb then get out of there, or at least stand back at a discreet distance and watch!

Supplies

Preparation!

Tree cosy (and it matches Kathy's cardi)

Public crochet

 

I whipped up a pocket for leaflets and Sarah gatecrashed an art class to make a label!

The day wouldn't have been compete without tea and cake (and more crochet)

After tea we anonymously passed by, and loved people hanging around our work!

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  • sue webb

    Love your yarn bombing! looks like you had a briliant day making Manchester a little bit more colourful!

    • http://frou-frou.co.uk/ frou-frou

      Hi Sue It was a brilliant day – highly recommended!

  • Sarah Anderson

    I still can’t believe how much fun we had!!  I just found out today that whilst we were wrapping the knitting/crochet around the bean and brush tree, a lady went to the counter and said ‘did you know some women are putting knitting on your tree?’!!!!  I can’t believe she dobbed us in!! 😉  Or tried to, fortunately they know me well 😉

    • http://frou-frou.co.uk/ frou-frou

      Oh Sarah that’s so funny!!! Really made me laugh. Did you see my message on fb that the chair cover was gone this morning??

      I can’t believe how much fun it was either but then it involved: yarn, friends, laughing, tea – how could it have been anything else xx

    • Kathy

       ‘Do you know some women are putting knitting on your tree’ – a phrase you don’t hear often! So much fun, thanks so much to you two! xxx

      • http://frou-frou.co.uk/ frou-frou

        I keep laughing to myself whenever I think of someone going in and saying that!!! Sums up the whole thing brilliantly! x

  • http://happyhangaround.com anka

    What a great adventure! I would like to do this in Bucharest, but not alone, it would be a bit odd. Thanks for sharing!

    • frou-frou

      Hi Anka you should do it as it was such fun. One of our girls works in a coffee shop and it was kind of publicity for their art cafe. You could do it for yours too!! If you can’t find anyone to help then we could come and do it with you :)

    • http://frou-frou.co.uk/ frou-frou

      Hi Anka you should do it as it was such fun. One of our girls works in a coffee shop and it was kind of publicity for their art cafe. You could do it for yours too!! If you can’t find anyone to help then we could come and do it with you :)