Fruitcake Knits

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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.

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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.

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You might as well knit a bundle of them; these guys are easy to make in bulk. Then… impale the poor bloke on a dpn!
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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 fold it in half and slide it through another stitch. Twist the ends of the chenille stem together.

Then you twist each half into a tight arm and point it up. Imagine little Cactaur flexing his muscles!

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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!

Comments (1) November 22, 2013 @ 6:47 pm |

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  1. Think I could turn my 6 yo into a yarn bomber?

    Comment by Mugwump — February 17, 2014 @ 2:05 am

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