I’ve got a new project and it’s a biggie. I’m part of a team that’s going to be yarn bombing the Cygnet Folk Festival in January 2016. That’s more than big, right! Yarn bombing a town! Am I crazy?
I can talk about it now as it’s just become official. Yarn bombing didn’t always used to be like that. You know, it was a kind of subversive but sweet form of graffiti. I guess it still is a lot of the time. Well, we got the go ahead from the organisers of the festival and we have council approval so this project is totally legit. My friend Mandy came up with the idea and she knew I would be unable to resist joining in. It all came about because we’re members of the Cygnet CWA and we’ve been trying to think of with fun things to do. Perhaps not the things your nana’s CWA might have done.
We’re trying to revitalise the CWA in our area and do things that might interest and engage other members of the community. At the moment we’re waiting for some renovations to be completed at Bridge Cottage, which is the home of the CWA here in Cygnet. I decided that when the cottage is ready to be used again, I would like to start a Monday morning craft group. I’d been listening to episode 21 of one of my favourite podcasts, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, and one of the topics was why it’s a good idea to join or start a group. I thought about what kind of group I could start. Of course (selfishly) it had to be something I liked to do and really it was a bit of a no-brainer. I like to do craft and get together with friends for a chat and a cuppa so obviously it had to be a craft group. I told Mandy and she said she wanted to yarn bomb the Cygnet Folk Festival. What?!!!! Why didn’t I think of that!!! Of course we had to join forces and seriously, there’s no stopping us now. The craft group will have the yarn bombing as it’s first project and we are inviting everyone to be part of it. Anyone can join in by knitting or crocheting something to be included, or by donating wool or acrylic yarn to be used. Join our Facebook group, Yarn Bombing the Cygnet Folk Festival, if you want to know more and keep up with what’s going on.
My head is swimming with all kinds of ideas of what to make. And I am
wasting spending extraordinary amounts of time doing research down Pinterest wormholes. The easy things we are starting now. First plan is to make pieces that will cover sign post poles. These are knitted or crocheted rectangles or squares that will be joined up to make lengths to be sewn onto the poles. That’s the kind of target we decided needed council approval. Now we know they’ll be allowed to stay there for the whole month of January. Yay! And we don’t have to stitch them on, in secret, in the dead of night. I’m not a nice person when I don’t get enough sleep so this is really best for everyone involved.
Second items being made are triangles for bunting. There’s a great tutorial on crocheting granny bunting triangles by Lucy at Attic 24. I always knew that one day I would have a reason for keeping all those little bits of leftover yarn. It’s not because I’m a hoarder. I just don’t like wasting things. In fact I hope that by the end of this project I will have none left at home. Because then I can legitimately go and buy some really lovely new yarn!