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!
The fruitcake is still happily living in the Dallas area, though rarely knitting. Lack of transportation hinders the fruitcake from hanging out with other yarn freaks, though she often pines for a good SnB. The primary project on the needles for the past two years is a massive wool blanket based on a Knitting Fairy pattern. Useful. If you want a fruitcake, catch her at gmail – fruitcakeknits @ gmail.com. Clever.
So, I’ve officially forgotten how to keep this blog in working condition. But I did learn how to finish socks!
I didn’t learn how to follow a pattern, how. Somewhere along the way I stopped caring how I was supposed to finish the lace pattern (I think when I realized my feet were not the same size as the pattern) so I just kinda wandered off and did my own thing. Not that you can tell among all the stripeys! It shows how (not) devoted of a knitter I am anymore.
But even without being the die-hard knitter I once was… Maryland Sheep and Wool… was… AMAZING.
Artsygal was so gracious to let me stay with her in Philadelphia for a few days before we both took a bus down to the festival. I’ve been sufficiently out of the loop of knitty things that I kinda forgot about the size of MD Sheep and Wool. I knew it was a big deal – why else would I fly across the country for it – but I had no idea. When I saw how many people were gathered outside of Rosie’s Yarn Cellar at 7am for a bus, I began to suspect… but… when we reached the fairgrounds, my jaw dropped.
There were a lot of people and a lot of sheepies!
I bought pretty much anything but yarn, but somehow came with a drop spindle (which I drop a lot) and soap and a bajillion other things now scattered across my apartment.
Once in Maryland, I went home Roxy, who is somehow nicer in person than on the internet. It seems impossible to believe but somehow it’s true.
For the first time, I travelled via Amtrak to get home. It’s definitely the best way to travel if the purpose is the journey, not the destination. One morning I woke up to see this outside my window-
And the best part of the trip was the lounge car, where people go just to hang out and meet new people. People there were more sociable and open to meeting new people than any day in the student union… definitely my kind of travel!