Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Yarn Bombing at the Blanton

Back in an earlier January post, I mentioned how I would be involved in a yarn bombing project headed by Magda Sayeg of KnittaPlease over at the Blanton Museum on the UT campus. Well, that project has come and past, and this past Friday, all of the tree koozies were taken off. Here's a look at all the trees that were involved. Below is the section where my tree and it's koozie stood for nearly 3 weeks.

Many of the participants came to tear down their trees pretty early.

I was glad to see that I wasn't the only late straggler. In my defense, I did have to drive all the way from San Antonio to Austin to get there.

As I was taking down my koozie, I noticed little buggy eggs on it... kinda gross.

Me and My knit koozie. I wanted to make sure I claimed it back so that I can use it on International Yarn Bombing Day come this June. Don't worry, the item has been washed!

I was able to catch the trees all dolled up about a week prior to tear down, when I was in Austin for SXSW, however as you can see, it was late at night and pretty dark.

Even though the pics are dark, you can still get an idea of how awesome all of these trees looked.

Above is a shot of my tree by itself.

Here, you see me along side my tree... Finished and all!

This last pic gives you and idea how long the knitting project really was. Nearly 7ft! Many, many hours and sleepless nights went into doing this. The project called for sport weight yarn knit with a fairly tight stitch so that none of the bark showed through. I ended up going with size 12 needles, and in order to fit the width of the tree the swatch had to be at least 25in wide.

As mentioned earlier, I will be using this swatch again in June. Hopefully there is another tree in downtown SA that wears the same size as the Blanton tree!