A Book Can Change a Life

Personal comments, life experiences and, occasionally, some books, have the ability to change lives. I tell you, that happened to me when I read Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti

I have NEVER in my life (which is well into it’s 6th decade) ever read a craft book from cover to cover until Yarn Bombing. I happened to be using the book as a reference for a significant project I had been asked to oversee. I was a captive reader since I had taken it along with me on a flight to Italy.

I am the good Catholic-raised girl, who to this day, still bends over to pick up a stray piece of paper or discarded trash. I am not the person who steals away in the cover of dark to place knit graffiti. Well, at least I didn’t think I was! But all of that has changed.

After reading Yarn Bombing, I was so inspired by the art that was so well described, documented and celebrated in the pages that I could not help but somehow be a part of this amazing movement. I vowed to do my part in public awareness, while remaining anonymous.

With pounding heart, rapid glances about me and swift nimble fingers, in the days following my reading the book, I placed four original works of knitting in two countries And I tasked out the fifth, so that my work could be at both Mt. Vesuvius and Assisi on International Yarn Bombing Day. I am now scouting out the perfect location in front of my fave coffee shop here in the USA for the next installation.

Oh, and that “significant project” here, has gotten international attention as a highlight of the Utah Arts Festival. All I can say is, read that book and be inspired to create your own  random acts of art to put some excitement in your life and those who encounter it.

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