Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Inner Guerilla



With Scarf Number Two currently being tortured into blocked submission and the clearest understanding that Scarf Number One isn’t leaping off any needles in any foreseeable, I have been eyeing the sewing machine.

Hmn...

...ah...ooh...hmn...

Nup.

Nup, because Andi gifted me her copy of Yarn Bombing. Blown away, I was. All I could do was stammer inept feeblings of gratitude. Once home, I forced the Mr to OOH! and AAH! over every page – the same for the kids over breakfast, then the Mums at school pick up. What with the fun involved in the collaborative guerilla knit dabble with the eldest kid and now this tome of inspiration, I’m obsessed with possibility and plotting.

I will draw the line at tank (I don’t know anyone with a tank).



Though crocheted bus looks a whole lot of fantastic.



Meanwhile, yesterday, an envelope arrived from the excellent Leonie containing a mystifying, Uri Geller-influenced stick thing...



It’s a snazzy cable knittery whatsit. The kind of jigger real knitter types know about.

This initially inspired paroxysms of fear akin to last year’s Fear of the Zip. Notably, Fear of the Zip proved a whole waste of angst in the end, because as it turns out, providing you remember which way is up, installing zips is darned easy.

As it also turns out, Leonie the Real Knitter Type has posted a step-by-step-get-to-know-your-cables tutorial. Deep breath, wing and prayer packed, I’m off to tackle that particular demon, locate a chilly tree...



...and explore my inner guerilla.

25 comments:

Leonie Guld said...

YEAH...you can do it!!!! You'll be Brooklyn tweed in no time!!!

Kylie said...

Fabulous! I saw this book at the bookshop and ooh-ed and ahh-ed forever over it. As a non-knitter I couldn't justify buying it but I thought of you gals :) Love it and love the blogger-love too. Leonie is super amazing and all kinds of wonderful in my opinion. Can't wait to see what you come up with Tania. Kx

Fer said...

No pain, no glory!!!

And I wouldn't even consider it painful! :)

Smallest Friend said...

Don't worry! Cables are WAY easier than they look. Which is why they are so cool, you can show people your knitting and they will be mystified...
Good luck!

crzylady said...

ohhhhhh I am in awe! can't wait to see your next "attack"!

Sandrine said...

???it is more like fear of the unknown here!!!:)Never even seen the thing in my whole life:)
The book looks like AMAZING!

sean the prawn said...

the bus does look teriffic.
Can't wait to see where you strike.

Rie said...

That is such an awesome book!

m.e (Cathie) said...

like the book..don't know what that Ms Leonie is doing with that contraption..hmmm

Gina said...

Harrumph. I don't think you yarny types should have all the fun. I'm going to take up yoyo-bombing da hood.

But man, does that bus look cool!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

*jumping with pom poms* Go tania GO! Go Go go!!!
and I happen to have a tnak you could knit... not really but you can probably get one on ebay... I too squealed with the possibilites when i first started seeing this on blogs..... its endless.... but i think I may do another toy drop instead....

One Flew Over said...

First it was the tree in your yard...now I am waiting for the entire street to be done, as well as a few cars ;)

Caroline said...

Do you take the bus's measurements before you set out to cover it? Do you go out in the dark, down the street, in your pjs to measure...stuff, for knitting? Just curious.

Christina said...

Good luck with the cabling. Scares the heck out of me too! :)

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

The book looks great! I saw a traffic sign with a knitted pole warmer (?) in Sweden last year!

Sophie Isobel Designs said...

Oh wow, I just love this! Would love to do something random at work one day! Good luck with that fabulous cable, I'm in awe of anyone that can make it work!
Sophie x

charismagic said...

Go forth & knit Tania... I love the whole Guerilla knitting concept but... I CAN'T knit! Oh well. LOVE the crocheted bus!!!!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

It must be the bus , now that winter's setting in . Though how you'd climb aboard said bus with a buggy , shopping bag and two toddlers in tow remains to be seen .
Sonata

Lola Nova said...

There are some great ones I have spied about town here...bicycle lock ups, newspaper stands, a few trees. I crocheted a bit for a barbed wire fence in our neighborhood but, it seems someone took it down. You have re-inspired me to try again! Looking forward to your next hit.

Kylie said...

That book looks great - I am organised in a super secret guerilla knitting thing happening soon up here - very exciting:)

Nikki Cardigan said...

Sorry, been wracking my brain and can't think of anyone I know who owns a tank either.

That bendy stick thing... I scared.

Oh, and how cool are those sneakers. I want to wear them not throw them over power lines!

Can't wait to see what you do. I have a feeling I wont be surprised!

elly bee said...

don't worry about the cables, even I can do cables and I can hardly knit...
and cables with guerilla knitting: I'm sure you will find a subsitute for the tank. husbands sailingboat will stay on the shore this season and as you never know of any present for him I give you a hint..... gnignigni
eb x

Elizabeth said...

That bus blows my mind. This looks like a terrific book, I hadn't come across it.

handmade charlotte said...

man i like the bus...i have a vw sitting in the driveway that needs some knitting...yeah

prashant said...

First it was the tree in your yard...now I am waiting for the entire street to be done, as well as a few cars ;)
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