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More Yarn bOMb photos

Friday, November 30th, 2012

I have SO many photos of the Yarn bOMb at Michigan State University Horticultural Gardens! It’s quite a lot of visual input to sort through. I’ve had several folks request more… so here you go.

The parking lot, before you enter the main space. Some of the pennants were sewn from a sort of lining fabric by one very enthusiastic contributor, Maggie. They originally had large magnificent blue and sparkly silver bells hanging from their tips, but since these are easily reached the bells have since been “harvested” by passers by.

These pennants were carefully sewn on to the line by Brenda W. Many of the knitted and crocheted pennants in this space were made by my sis-in-love Diana /Otterwise and members of the Rae’s Yarn Boutique Thursday Night knit in group, as well as participants of the October Yarn Shop Hop who stopped by at Rae’s shop. Some of those names include Elizabeth, Rita B., Mari, Rae, Joanne and more. I definitely have not included them all.

Here is another longer view of the line in the parking area:

Here are a few close up images. Notice some of the flags got caught on the line. There had been some wild winds blowing, and the bells and trinkets hung from the tips of the triangles occasionally got caught on the line. I freed them up after I took these photos (almost 2 weeks ago, 2 weeks after the initial installation).

The trinket reminds me of a Boston subway token, but actually says “Thoughts.” The pennants with these word-tokens were crocheted by Diana.

Above: “Artful.” Below: “Genuine.”

Here is tree #1 inside the gardens:

If you click the photo above, you can see a larger version of it. Those lovely ladies looking at the tree are Cynthia B. and Becky, who both were contributors to the project.

Below is a detail from the same tree. After we sewed together all the pieces, there were yarn ends all over the place being a bit messy. Marlene C. got inspired to braid them together and then sew them on to the tree scarves, rather than cutting them off. Lovely, yes?

There are more photos… but it’s 4am and I give up. I’ll be back, I promise.



Fun and Surprise: Uncommissioned Art

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

I just watched a “TedX” speech by a couple interested in what they call Uncommissioned Art, or street art.

It’s not merely graffiti. It’s all sorts of expression… surprise, stickers, sculpture, even inflatable art on the streets. A lot of it is fun and funny, not destructive as many expect.

I really enjoyed the presentation. I think after my own Yarn bOMb cooperative project, this sort of creative expression really wakes me up!

Perhaps you would also like to learn more? It’s 20 minutes of fascinating visuals and dialogue. To view it, click Here.

Thanks-giving Quote from Diana

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

My sis-in-love, Diana/Otterwise, sent this quotation for Thanksgiving.

“When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”
-Tecumseh, Shawnee leader

I am not into pointing fingers or placing blame/fault… but it does seem that there is always something wonderful to be grateful for as long as we are alive. I’m grateful for large things, like no war, flood or earthquake in my corner of the earth. I’m grateful that I can walk and dance and go forth into the world without illness or physical struggle. I am grateful for air to breathe, good food, people who accept me as I am.

I’m also grateful for the smallest things… a smile from a baby, a blooming dandelion or violet in the yard on the third week in November, a chance to notice the sun streaming in to the rather disheveled attic space this morning.

I have more food and clothing than I need today. I have heat indoors. I have a computer and a basic cell phone, and a miraculous ipod for not only my calendar but music and other useful and entertainment programs.

Yes, there is always something for which we can give thanks.

Thanks, Diana.


My Favorite Day – Thankfulness

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

I love Thanksgiving. I love to give thanks for many things and good people in my life.

It’s not about food. It’s not about tradition (we had x dessert last year, we must have x dessert again this year). It’s not about overdoing. It’s not about TV or sports or parades. It’s not about decorating my yard for this holiday or the next. It’s not about planning what to buy Friday. It’s about thankfulness.

I will NOT be getting up early to cook. I will not be eating food I don’t like just because it’s a tradition. I will complete my 53rd year without having ever baked a turkey (ugh).

I will soak in peace and quiet and time with my beloved. We’ll either buy food from a favorite locally-owned restaurant on Wednesday and heat it up Thursday, or we’ll cook something simple but yummy. (Pancake breakfast? Pumpkin soup and biscuits perhaps?)

I will go for a walk and remember that some people I love can not walk. I will be grateful for my working feet and legs.

I will thank people in my life for being special. I will be grateful for another day on this earth.

May you find the simple meaning of Thanksgiving in your life this week. Even if you are not from the USA, it’s a great idea to contemplate.

I appreciate you. Thank you.


You Gotta Vote! Be glad you can.

Monday, November 5th, 2012

My mother’s Aunt Lizzie (probably a great-aunt) worked for Susan B. Anthony before women could vote in the USA. Women died working toward the right to vote.

I find it sad and frightening, that there are US citizens who choose not to vote when we can. We in this country can speak our own conscience on our ballots without fearing retaliation.

I’ve been lucky to travel some in my 53 years. I’ve been to countries where residents must vote for whoever is already in power. They do go vote… but they know the powers that be will know if they voted against the current regime. Jimmy Carter could go and help count votes, and the victor would be the current leader. The people know it’s not safe to vote any other way.


Here, we have people saying they don’t like the choices so they won’t vote at all. I say, if you have to vote “NO” (against a particular candidate, if you can’t feel strongly *for* any choice) you still must vote. It does make a difference.

Elections do actually get decided sometimes with just a handful of votes. (Don’t you dare complain about the leaders who *are* elected if you didn’t voice your own vote during their election.)

It’s a bit of a job to vote in a responsible way… districts change often and it’s really hard to figure out exactly who will be on our own particular ballot.

SO… here is some help for those who are at least in Michigan. You can find similar information in your own state if you aren’t here. The department where you register to vote should have this information.

Nonpartisan vote information:

Michigan friends, if you don’t know what your ballot will look like, you can go to the Secretary of State Michigan Voter Information Center here to get that information:

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization (really) which has many resources to help you make an informed decision (this link is to the Michigan chapter):

Keep your head.

All advertisements are biased by their nature. Remember to vote with your brain and your heart, and not because you heard an advertisement one way or the other.

Remember, anyone telling you that some political stance is being influenced by “Special Interests” is also a special interest. Remember that sometimes we get manipulated by ads or story lines that make us react with “Yeah! Yeah!” and they only tell part of the story.

The League of Women Voters has a link to the “Truth Squad” regarding the Michigan ballot Proposals. Make sure you take a look and reason things out before going to the polls.

Disclaimer of sorts

Yes, I have my own opinions. Probably anybody who knows me can guess where I tend to vote. However, not voting is the worst choice of all, followed by voting without good information.

We will resume with normal life on Wednesday. I hope.
Hugs, Lynn