BAC Yarnbomb Manitout Springs, CO

 

A group of us decided to re-purpose an old yarnbomb that we took down. The Business of Arts Center in Manitou Springs, CO requested some work on their site. Our fearless group leader mapped out a plan and a group of us sewed squares together. The “color wheel” of sorts went on the stairs while the multicolored squares cozied some trees. It took a group of four two days to put them all together. Thankfully all the squares were knit/crocheted
ahead of time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Organizer

This crocheted mini organizer is perfect for home or the office. The right size for paperclips, buttons, pens, pencils, scissors and other small items, cardboard keeps the shelf sturdy and wire helps the drawers maintain their shape. A few buttons and a butterfly embellishment and this is functional and adorable. Available in the store for $1.99 USD, the pattern for this crocheted mini organizer includes step by step instructions and many pictures. Finished size, 10 inches wide, 6 inches tall, 4.5 inches deep.

I asked my husband if he wanted this for his desk at work. He said he too much stuff on his desk already. I offered to make one in black, white and red with skulls. He still wasn’t interested. Oh, well. This will actually be perfect for keeping my crochet supplies organized.

Brain Slug

A friend recently went through the process to become a foster parent and said she is low on toys for the various aged children that come to the house. She requested some hand crocheted toys. Here is the first toy I made for her. After I finished it, I thought perhaps a brain slug is not the best idea! They are alien parasites that take control of the people to whom they attach! What are the chances that the children will know that? Half my family never heard of a brain slug before! It will make a fun plush toy anyway. The eye and antennas were crocheted separately and sewn on. I didn’t follow a pattern. It was made with a size H hook and Red Heart yarn.

How to Make a Pom Pom

 

Pom poms are a great addition to many projects. Pom pom makers are available for purchase, but pom poms can be make quickly and easily without one.  Small and medium pom poms can be made on one’s hand.

Step 1: Wrap yarn around fingers.

For a smaller pom pom, wrap the yarn around three fingers 25-30 times. For a medium sized pom pom, wrap the yarn around four fingers. The more times you wrap it around, the fuller the pom pom will be.

Step 2: Lay piece of 6 inch yarn horizontally.

Cut a piece of the same color yarn 6 inches long. Lay it horizontally. To make the pom pom on the hat, weave the 6 inch piece into the hat first.

Step 3: Tie yarn around yarn from around the fingers.

Take the yarn of your hand and place it on the 6 inch yarn as pictured. Tie the 6 inch piece of yarn tightly around the ball of yarn. For added security tie around the ball again.

Step 4: Cut threads for pom pom.

Cut the top and bottom of the ball to make the pom pom. Trim the pom pom as needed.

 

Side-view Mirror Cozy

I asked my husband if he would mind me tagging his truck with a yarn bomb. He said no because he couldn’t imagine where I could tag it! Though I have a place in mind for a later tag, he suggested a side-view mirror cozy. I went right home a crocheted one up! The first one ended up being a yarn bomb on my brother-in-laws truck. Since I didn’t have access to the truck, I made a cozy to fit my vehicle since they are both Nissans. I decided to put a dog paw on it since they have a dog. I wanted to make a pink paw because their dog is a girl, but I was afraid my brother-in-law would take it off immediately!

The cozy turned out so well, I decided to make a cozy for my Nissan. I was going to put a bike on it, but my husband requested a ninja. Both of them are secured with a button so they can be removed and washed. I put the cozy on my brother-in-law’s truck when they were away from home. Still waiting to see when they discover it! Unfortunately his mirror is smaller than mine. Not as good a fit, but still workable.

Turns out my mother let the cat out of the bag. I ended up telling my sister where to look! She still enjoyed it.

Sunflower Tag

Spotted on the corner of Tutt and Stetson Hills in Colorado Springs, these “giant” sunflowers don’t seem so giant! I guess giant is relative. There are three sunflowers on this pillar. They get smaller depending on perspective/distance. They seem large when walking by them. To drivers they are hardly noticeable!  The groundhog said it would be an early Spring. I don’t think he meant February 3! Perhaps these can help bring in the sun.

Crocheted using Red Heart yarn and a size L hook.

Yarn Bomb Bolivia

A friend sent me a picture of a tree that was yarn bombed in La Paz, Bolivia. Naturally nothing like that happened while I was living there. Thankfully my friend knows how much I love to knit and crochet. She just had to send me this picture.

I think whoever did this did a beautiful job. I especially like how many branches were covered. I also think the pom poms hanging from the branches are a crowning touch.

It’s winter around here. I think a few trees in my area could use some sweaters! Actually, I have a tree in my yard that split. I wonder if a wool sweater/cozy would help protect it during these cold months. I need a tree doctor’s advice on that!

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