Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hung this little river stone fish cozy in the mudroom of the Clayoquat Field Station here at the Tofino Botanical Garden.  I learned this pattern from I can no longer find the direct link to the free pattern she posted, but it would be worth the hours roaming her site to find again.


I put out a few bombs that I brought with me from Cumberland, in various places that I've come to really appreciate over the last few days.  This one is at the Trailhead of Tonquin Park, which is a tucked away little beach reached by trail, boardwalk, and steep stairs down to a sandy beach and sunsets.  I picked up a bunch of little stones last night that will be perfect for making more stonefish cozies.

I also left a shroom bomb at an organic grocery store.  This place is jam packed with food and the casual atmosphere fed some part of me that I didn't realize was hungry. It is one of those places that makes me think: I've got to find a way to come to Tofino more often!

Here it's hidden among all the greenery they have, both for sale and for beauty, right outside the front door of the shop.  They've got potted nasturtiums, tomato plants, calendula, lettuces...and green green green.

The close-up (looking a bit scrumpled, it was a fast dash in, dash out affair):

The next ones are of Titania, my name for the womanesque statue that greets people at the gardens.

The garden here is a coastal rainforest experience, and there are less flowers than anything else.  Here you see what they term the charismatic mega-conifer, nursing trees that, once downed, support the life of thousands of other little creatures, plant and animal.  I added a shroom to the mix, amid all the other little lifelings.

The kid's first yarn bomb was made autonomously and left casually where I would be stunned by the beauty of it on the kitchen table back home.  I packed it up and brought it out to offer to this canine who guards the path to the Field Station. 

It got a bit beat up in transit, when I first laid eyes on it the symmetry was sharp.  Also, I am inspired to think outside the hook and loop box, considering this was made with a daisy chain and winding the yarn around the stone.   Someone unwound and rewound, but took the stone, by the next morning...less than 24 hours.  The stone was a beauty from the Puntledge River in Courtenay.

The fact that the dog is now muzzled adds an ominous air.

Then there's the bear we saw in the childrens' garden!  We came around a corner and there it was...

We got a little closer.

That's the first mask I've made and freeforming it was fun.  That's one of the highlights of yarnbombing - no pattern, hence no right or wrong.  You just make it up as you go, restarting when you need to.

And while I don't want to reveal all the surprises you'll find in this garden, and heck, it would take me weeks to find them all myself, coming around the corner to see this beauty made my day.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

This river stone cozy is on the way to Tofino.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tofino Trip

We're in Tofino at the Botanical Gardens and I'm dropping bombs along the beach.

This is the same stone after a tide.  I thought it would be a lot muddier, seeing as how it's on the shore of a mudflat area that you can reach through the botanical garden.  You see the sunrise from this side of the garden, and realize that Tofino is a skinny finger of the island.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Bomb of the Day

Outside Courtenay City Hall.  I made this one with the biggest crochet hook I've got, which was more challenging than I thought it would be.  I wanted something very open, as I've read the concerns that some people have re: tree wrapping being bad for the trees (theory is that the wrap means the bugs can hide from predators and burrow into the bark easier, weakening the tree).  Not sure I actually buy the theory, especially since most of my tags disappear within a few hours/days. 

And this is my cranky face when someone, like the kid, tries to interrupt my happy crocheting on the beach.  Don't say I didn't warn you.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Well, haven't my lucky stars decided to shine.
I looked on the site today for ideas and there I was!  Well, two little tags I made.  What a day.  :)

This little stone cozy makes the rock look like an urchin and is in the fountain in front of the Comox library.
It's my mom's first yarnbomb, and I'm so proud.  Now I've put her to work in my yarnbomb sweatshop so that I can create a tide-dependent installation for my sister-in-law's 40th birthday.  Aren't moms great?

update:  checked on this one a week later, and it's been moved around, but it's still there...starting to develop its own lovely layer of brown stuff as seen on the other rocks.  yum.

Monday, August 9, 2010

River Stone Cozy

This river stone vanished in 15 minutes. While I sat on a bench crocheting the playground bomb someone scooped it up. It's an interesting feeling...hoping it went to a happy home, knowing it might simply have been thrown deeper into the river or ...

Playground Bomb - These are great because the kids love to slide them up and down on the poles and bars.  I think all playgrounds should be equipped with pole cozies.