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Yarn bombs away
Swap Coordinator:mskadie (contact)
Swap categories: Knitting  Crocheting  Handmade 
Number of people in swap:14
Location:International
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:August 20, 2010
Date items must be sent by:September 3, 2010
Number of swap partners:1
Description:

I know that there are a lot of knitters/crocheters out there - so I thought I'd give people an opportunity to swap yarn bomb tags!

If you don't know what yarnbombing is, look it up and a zillion pretty pictures will come up - or check out any of these:

www.yarnbombing.com

Knittaplease is now www.magdasayeg.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarn_bombing

Newbie yarnbombers welcome!!

How this works:

  1. Knit/crochet 3 tags for your partner. Or do it the knitta way - send 3 UFOs that you think will be suitable. I'm not going to specify size because some yarnbombs (like flowers) can be small but still awesome! Just nothing toooooo small.

  2. When you receive your package, put up the tags and take pictures! Then send them to the partner that sent to you.

Please don't join this swap if you don't plan on rating/photographing your tags.

Not required, but if you'd like you can attach a label to your tag - possibly something that includes your location. If you do, make sure it is waterproof. Because it would be really funny for people across the world to find yarnbombs that are from far away!

Newbies welcome, no 1's or 3's in the last 3 months.

Happy swapping!

Discussion

zilliah 08/ 8/2010 #

Eeeeek yaay I am so glad you made this swap!!

Vendetti 08/ 9/2010 #

I'm so curious about this! But I don't how comfortable I am with trying it just yet. =) Anyone here have some they've done on their flickr?

memtree 08/ 9/2010 #

how cool! too bad i don't know how to knit! lol!

@vendetti just google 'yarn bomb' in the images section and you'll get plenty samples of yarn bombing.

if anyone in melb, aust is doing it, pls let me know and i'd love to check out your handywork!

EightofDiamonds 08/ 9/2010 #

Oh I'm so happy to see other people who love yarn bombing too! :D I found yarn bombing not long ago but I'm so excited!

Hellotheremary 08/ 9/2010 #

WOAH! This is pretty sweet, I've been thinking about actually yarn bombing since I heard about it. But I'm kind of really a beginner-knitter. If we're sending something, should it just be a panel for the recipient to sew up onto something? And UFO's are the smaller "stand alone" pieces? Like things to tie from trees?

I just want to double check everything before I sign up! I don't want to do it wrong. :D

LesleyKnitsPretty 08/ 9/2010 #

Sweeet! I love yarnbombing and haven't done any yet so this would be a good excuse. I've got one tag ready to be put up.

HGoodbrad 08/ 9/2010 #

Love it New to yarnbombing but Not new to knitting!! This will be fun

mskadie 08/ 9/2010 #

So happy that people are excited!!! And yes, look it up on google or flickr for inspiration. There are a couple of groups in particular to check out - guerilla knitting & urban knitting

http://www.flickr.com/groups/guerilla-knitting/pool/

http://www.flickr.com/groups/754816@N22/pool/

@Hellotheremary - it doesn't matter how experienced a knitter you are! Tags can be any skill level :D and you CAN'T do it wrong!! In terms of what to send, can be anything - easiest is probably a rectangular/trapezoidal shape that your partner can sew/zip tie to something, but can also be things that are of different shapes that can hang or dangle off things... or knitwear to warm up statues (eg hats, etc).... can be floral/foliage ish things to decorate pretty much anything... I think that anything you send can be yarnbombed somehow!

UFOs are UnFinished Objects. This was how yarnbombing started - a bunch of AMAZING gals in Texas got frustrated and took their UFOs and plastered them around the city.

@LesleyKnitsPretty & @HGoodbrad - yay!!! Once you start it's hard to stop :D

Hellotheremary 08/ 9/2010 #

Alright, I'm good at knitting rectangles, haha. I'm excited! Thanks for hosting something so awesome!!!! I think I might just start tonight. :D Some of the pictures are just so intimidating, but I will do my best!!!

zilliah 08/10/2010 #

I also have pictures of tags on my flickr here if anyone needs more inspiration!

And yeah, rectangles are easiest, and it's pretty easy to find SOMETHING they'll fit on :P if you want to get fancier, hats and scarves can be fun for statues, and I really like putting flowers in trees!

HGoodbrad 08/12/2010 #

Please tell there is no right or wrong way to make a yarn bomb. I've made my 1st and love it not sure it is right :( Guess I'm nervous about free range no rules!!

TrinitySF 08/12/2010 #

Yeah, HGoodbrad, me too ;) I'm also new to it and I hope I'll do it right.

mskadie 08/12/2010 #

There is absolutely no wrong way!!!! So long as it gets attached (relatively) securely. Don't worry about doing it right - just do it! :D

You'll find that you get better at picking interesting locations over time and you might improve your attaching methods, but it's impossible to do it wrong

zilliah 08/14/2010 #

Oh, and I find the best way to tie them on is to either sew it up (with the same yarn you made it with) or use zipties! Zipties are better for being stealthy since they are faster, but sewing looks nicer.

treehugger 08/17/2010 #

I'm so excited to try this! Looks like fun! :)

treehugger 08/17/2010 #

I think it would be kind of neat if we could see everyone's photos after the swap. Any way we could create and post to a flickr group or something? :) Just a thought.

mskadie 08/17/2010 #

@treehugger - excellent idea!!!! I just created a flickr group called 'Swap-botters that yarnbomb'

http://www.flickr.com/groups/1528533@N22/

I will be emailing the link to participants once the swap begins, but in the meantime feel free to populate the (now empty) group pool :D

treehugger 08/18/2010 #

Great! :)

I'm having a blast creating my tags. I finished one last night and I'm halfway through my second one. Fun stuff!

alexalgebra 08/20/2010 #

I suck at crocheting, and I've been playing around and just kind of making colorful crochet blobs, but they're fun. I got this funky yarn and needed a good use for it! I just hope no one minds that i'm really, really, REALLY a beginner at all this...

mskadie 08/22/2010 #

@alexalgebra - thanks so much for joining!!!! I'm sure no one will mind that you are a beginner crocheter :)

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