Do y’all recall knitting graffiti, or yarnbombing? Proud to say that the first well-known knitting graffiti movement originated in Houston – because really, when you’re a knitter in southeast Texas, what else are you going to do?
This is my small-scale take on yarnbombing. Very small scale. It’s car antenna-sized.
Meet Mr. Cactaur. He’s an acrylic i-cord cactus and loves to hang around on the antennas of vehicles. The guy on the right has been around for about four years – one of the finest tests of the durability of Hobby Lobby’s cheapest acrylic yarn! And today is your lucky day – I’ll walk you through how to make one. The first thing to do is to assemble the supplies.
We’ve got an appropriately saguaro-shaded yarn – again, the most durable acrylic you can find. Red Heart was meant for this! Double-pointed needles – anywhere between a US 4 and a US 8 should be good, it’s not like gauge matters here. Chenille stems if you’re hoity-toity or pipe cleaners if you’re old-school, googly eyes, and pom-poms… and, of course, the hot glue gun, scissors, and a tapestry needle to weave in your tails.
Now that you’ve amassed your craft supplies, time to get knitting! Cactaur is a simple man. Knit a 5-stitch i-cord about the length of your hand.
Here’s where you build his arms. If you’re a saguaro purist, you may want to give him more arms, but I am more amused by an anthropomorphic cactus screaming his face off on a car. First thing, slide a chenille stem through a single stitch.
Then you twist each half into a tight arm and point it up. Imagine little Cactaur flexing his muscles!
Last thing you do – grab your hot glue gun and fix up his face!
That’s the Cactaur in a nutshell. Next time I finish a batch and yarnbomb a parking lot, I’ll add some fresh pictures of the cactaur in the wild!
Here in North Texas, knitters have to be quite innovative to stay motivated through the eternal summers. Me, clearly, I’ve just drifted away from my yarn.
Recently I started to make some Fetching fingerless mitts. The yarn is Cascade 220. I’d started knitting a hat with this years ago and stalled out. The person I was going to give the hat to – I have not seen him in 3+ years. I suspect it’s superwash, but I haven’t thrown my swatch in the laundry yet to find out.
I’m making these for someone whose hands are a little smaller than mine, so though it looks a little tight there.
I should note, as many of y’all recall, that I am terrible at following patterns. I’m as precise at following patterns as I am at following recipes – I see them as little more than a guideline, unless it’s something utterly foreign to me. (But then again, I just cooked some Tex-Mex/Ethiopian fusion, so what’s foreign?!) So I haven’t been heeding the pattern much in terms of number of rows!
This may be why I’m not a good knitting teacher. I just do what I want!
What I love about knitting doilies is how portable they are – they’re never too large for my purse or bookbag – and most patterns are fairly repetitive, making them easy to pick up at any time.
So here’s the start of Pafuglehale, or the Peacock’s Tail doily. Pattern is from Kunststrik and translations by Yarnover. Long-time readers, or short-time readers who poke around on my sidebar, should recognize many of their patterns – these are beautiful designs and easy to follow. 22 rows in, the baby doily appears! 1.5mm needles (US #000), thread is 44/2 wetspin Irish linen from WEBS that I also used for Alita, Mommes Lysedug, and another little doily.
In other news, I’d like to share one of my favorite / most disturbing “blast from the past in news!” articles. New York Times: New Homosexual Disorder Worries Health Officials. (Follow-up: Clue Found on Homosexuals’ Precancer Syndrome.) The history of the coverage of HIV/AIDS in the media amazes me, from early bewilderment to panic fueled by bigotry and ignorance. As a mid-twenty-something, I was too young to understand the height of the ‘epidemic’, yet I’m still amazed by how those a decade younger than me view it. Ask most high schoolers now and they’ll associate AIDS with Africa – not with certain gay enclaves in the United States. Compare that to the second article in which researchers were still speculating that the disease may have been related to the “lifestyle”, not a retrovirus!