Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Yarn Bombing of "Olympic" Proportions!

Residents of Saltburn, in North Yorkshire (UK), are scratching their heads today after a mysterious 'yarnbomber' wrapped the town's pier with a 50-yard scarf stretching out along the railings.

 The impressive garment features woollen athletes competing in various Olympic events, from synchronised swimmers to rowers and cyclists, and has delighted young and old alike as the town discusses the good yarn.

2012! The artwork is exquisitely detailed, with cute touches such as the stitched flag shown here.  

But the mysterious creator - who has struck before - remains anonymous, leaving everyone speculating on their identity and motives. In the past, the ‘Saltburn Yarnbomber’ has tied scarves and knitted figures to various parts of the town centre - to lamp-posts, railings and buildings - and outside the library.

This is considered an act of 'yarnbombing', where knitted items are attached to public places as a kind of woollen graffiti. Now people are flocking to see the new addition on the seaside town’s historic pier, and every few yards, a different Olympic sport portrayed, all with their own little knitted athletes.


Mother-of-three Susan Day, 55, of Guisborough, was one of many people stopped in their tracks by the long and winding art form. She said: 'It’s impressive - at least 50m long. It must have taken someone ages to create.' Lesley Ash, a 55-year-old housewife from nearby Redcar, said: 'I’m a keen knitter myself. I think there’s so much work and effort gone into this, it must have taken an awful lot of time.'



In the past, the ‘Saltburn Yarnbomber’ has tied scarves and knitted figures to various parts of the town centre - to lamp-posts, railings and buildings - and outside the library. This is considered an act of 'yarnbombing', where knitted items are attached to public places as a kind of woollen graffiti. Now people are flocking to see the new addition on the seaside town’s historic pier, and every few yards, a different Olympic sport portrayed, all with their own little knitted athletes.



Mother-of-three Susan Day, 55, of Guisborough, was one of many people stopped in their tracks by the long and winding art form. She said: 'It’s impressive - at least 50m long. It must have taken someone ages to create.' Lesley Ash, a 55-year-old housewife from nearby Redcar, said: 'I’m a keen knitter myself. I think there’s so much work and effort gone into this, it must have taken an awful lot of time.'



Saltburn locals are now trying to work out who is responsible, and if it is by the same knitter who has decorated the town previously. Last year, Saltburn’s 150th anniversary was suggested as the inspiration. A 6ft long scarf, complete with attached books, was left outside the library, and had a note attached signed 'the Yarn Junki' - but with no clue as to the identity of the knitter.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2111518/A-yarn-Olympic-proportions--Mystery-knitter-attaches-50-yard-long-scarf-featuring-woollen-athletes-pier.html#ixzz20hyduB16

Friday, July 13, 2012

Christmas in July??

So, Etsy tells me it's Christmas in July.  I have a hard time getting everything organized for the regular one in December.  Now I have to start shopping for Christmas in the middle of the summer in triple digit heat???  AHHHHHHH!!!!!!  :o)

*sigh*

Well, if I have to start thinking about Christmas now - then I guess there's no better place to look for Christmas in July items than on Etsy (where you can start shopping for the holidays early, and even find some great sales!), and here are a few of my favorites:


These cute little glass snowmen earrings are courtesy of BayMoonDesign.  I hope they don't melt in all this summer heat we're experiencing!  You can purchase these adorable earrings directly from BayMoonDesign.etsy.com.


This gorgeous tumble block lap quilt is absolutely perfect for Christmas, for you or for a gift!  You can purchase this beautiful handmade quilt from PersimonDreams.etsy.com.


This brooch/pin is a very unique, one of a kind, art piece of twining red flowers across a twisting vine, and can be purchased from PaintFabricWhimsy.etsy.com.  And, it's even on sale right now!!


This lovely beaded gourd sparkles and glows with red and gold beads on a mottled red gourd with red interior, and can be purchased from MidnightCoiler.etsy.com.  It's perfect to place small items and trinkets in!


Kitschy Christmas ornament features soft white plastic 3D snowflakes with aurora borealis glitter for extra sparkle, can be purchased along with lots of other great Christmas decorations from ByTheWayside.etsy.com.




Hand painted and truly one of a kind, this card features a charcoal black, snowy pine tree with a Christmas star in the background. The matching envelope displays a smaller hand painted tree and star.  These lovely one of a kind cards come from HandPaintedPetals.etsy.com.


And for that little Christmas bundle that the Stork brings, this adorable baby Santa Hat from my own shop, KnitzyBlonde.etsy.com.  Be sure to order early for Holiday deliveries as these have to be hand knit for you!

Happy holiday shopping!!