Bench Slat Cozy - Sunnyvale Public Library

Bench Slat Cozy - Sunnyvale Public Library - student project

BACKGROUND

My first introduction to yarn bombing was in June 2011, when a friend informed me that International Yarn Bombing Day was fast approaching and she was in the process of knitting hats/scarves/leg warmers/etc for a group of nearby statues. Loving the concept, I was determined to both a) learn how to knit and b) make something spectacular for the event. That idea was soon scrapped in favor of needlepointing a bunch of medallions and zip-tying them around downtown the morning before the weekly farmers market.

Bench Slat Cozy - Sunnyvale Public Library - image 1 - student project

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This was super fun!! But also unsatisfying. My placement was random and the medallions had no relation to where they were placed - I literally just zip-tied them to whatever I could find. For my next project, I wanted to do something targeted/measured/site specific with some sort of message.

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INSPIRATION

I love fonts, and the idea of labeling. I used to live in Berkeley, and was inspired by this one graffiti artist that (long before I'd moved there) spray painted words along the sidewalks.

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I'd always see them and wonder why. Sometimes they seemed vaguely related to the area, sometimes complerely random, but they capitvated me and I ended up walking all over the city in search of them. I'd like to label something in text with yarn.

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FINISHED!

I ended up yarnbombing a bench slat in the plaza in front of my city's library. It has ridiculously long benches (like 12') which gave plenty of space to write out a message. I chose a book and knitted the first line - ended up picking Murakami's "A Wild Sheep Chase". The letters only ended up being 7' or so long, so I knitted some sheep for the endcaps and filled in the gaps with some plain green. I was worried about sizing/centering, so I ended up knitting 5 seperate pieces and stitching them together. It turned out really well!

Bench Slat Cozy - Sunnyvale Public Library - image 3 - student project

Bench Slat Cozy - Sunnyvale Public Library - image 4 - student project

Bench Slat Cozy - Sunnyvale Public Library - image 5 - student project

Ally Kraus
Acquiring All Skills