Shave and a Yarnbomb – 2 bits

I really love Erin’s parents.  They’ve never been anything but kind to me.  They always have chocolate in the house.  They are both peace-loving barbers.  And they kindly agreed to let me deface their front yard.

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Actually, it was their darling daughter who arranged for me to cover their tree in crochet.  E’s family lives in Carlisle, PA, across the street from a famous car show, and attendees park in her parents’ huge yard to be close to the action.  It’s like a spur-of-the-moment party in a (hopefully) big, dry yard.  Unfortunately, although the décor is tight, it’s missing one little thing… a big ol’ barber pole.

E promised to put everything together if I crocheted it.  I thought this was a perfect opportunity to try out an idea I had – instead of charting a barber pole with stripes, why not make individual strips that could be spun around an all-white base?  Then I could make caps to cover the ends of the red & blue strips.  Seemed easy enough, and since I wasn’t sewing it on, there was no reason not to try it.

When I yarnbomb, I really don’t worry about size and rows and such…that’s why the first version of the white base was too tall and had to be frogged completely.  Luckily I had a helper to get version two started (and if you’ve read my post about helping kids learn to love crochet, you know this is all part of the process).

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Anybody else ready to hashtag all their future projects #tada?

Version two was a little wobbly – good news: E didn’t care. Phew! I made a little kit for her with needles, extra yarn, and all the pieces tagged in the order each should go up. Since E doesn’t crochet, I also marked which side was the front.

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Erin has helped with a few yarnbombs, so she had no trouble getting this big ole’ thing up.

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Of course, she did have a little help.

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My favorite part is the sparkly cap (made by double-stranding gray cotton and some sparkle crochet thread).

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And we did get a few rave reviews from some young locals (E’s & her sister’s yarn-loving kids).

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Hopefully this will open Erin up to some future collaborations. If you want to collaborate with us on a yarnbomb, let us know in the comments!

Bye,
Jenny Brown

PS – photos by Erin Markan (unless otherwise noted).  Thanks, Erin!

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