Saturday was our state’s inaugural Maker Day, so of course I had to celebrate by crocheting this NJ Makers Day Yarn Bomb.
Some folks thought it should have been hung closer to the playground (so visiting it would coincide with a turn on the swings), but I like it on the chain link fence (over the ugly piece of wood holding that metal sign on).
I only had a day to get it done, so I wanted to make something small inspired by my favorite craft supplies (and Taylor Swift, of course). The scissors are based on Howie of WooWork’s “Snippy” crochet scissors. Howie is one of the first “cool” crocheters I found online, and his scissors have been in the back of my head since 2009. I used his “recipe” for the scissors and as the base for a bigger pair. I nestled them into what you would technically call a “chain 15 space” on the black background.
I knew I wanted the ruler to be at least close to accurate, but I didn’t realize how many little black hashes that would require. Some lines are straighter than others, but hopefully the people of New Jersey will forgive my inconsistencies. I made the ruler waaaay bigger than required for the space so I could fold it over onto itself (mimicking the way I improperly store my real rulers).
The pins were 100% Mr. A’s idea, using pinkies-purple for the heads and some stashed Tahki Stacy Charles “Stella” for the points. A little pricey for yarn bombing, but I love the shine. I used the same yarn for the needle, which unfortunately is a bit hidden.
The letters, of course, are from my Uppercase and Lowercase Alphabet Multipack. I used random colors of newer and vintage crochet thread, then sewed them to the background. If I had more time, I would have been a little more intentional and careful, but I just attached them with a quick running stitch. One of the cool features of the updated pattern is a guide with suggested hook sizes for every type of yarn, plus techniques for attaching letters to your finished projects.
One of my favorite yarnbombing tricks is to add a wire border, something I figured out while making the giant heart. Mr. A thought it needed more green, so I held the wire along the edge of the black and single-crocheted over it. It gives the piece enough structure that you can attach it to a fence or other surface with nothing more than a zip tie in each corner. It probably could have used a little more reshaping, but we had to get this guy done in time to get on to the other NJ Makers Day events.
*Photos by Erin Markan of Folks Collected