Tuesday, December 15, 2009


I am Jack's nasal cavity.

I can't remember the last time I've done this but I read an entire book yesterday. And if you know your pop literature and/or Brad Pitt/Ed Norton movies you correctly deduced the book I began and finished was "Fight Club" by Chuck Palahniuk. I'll link it because I got it from the library, so I'm at least supporting Chuck a little bit.

I'm a fan of graffiti. Not all graffiti, but graffiti that is more of a mural and helps the community instead of just some lame tag or your name in bubble letters. As J points out, she could do that easily. So far we haven't been affected too much, besides the van that is medium abandoned in our alley being tagged roughly on Nov. 20 or Nov. 27. DD Larue is a Denver artist who delved into tagging in the mid 90s. I couldn't find a picture of her cheshire cat but I'll try and upload one. She originally started tagging as a way to brighten up her alley and dumpster. Note not to prove she's a bad ass and put her name on things that don't belong to her but to improve her community. She got out of it when the city started cracking down on taggers and didn't differentiate between the gang-like tags and community building "paintings", if you will.

But wait! Now there is more than one way to beautify your community and get in a healthy dose of civil disobedience and better yet, it doesn't piss people off! It's called yarnbombing or yarn graffiti and it's glorious! A few adventurous souls decided to improve their community without waiting for red tape and are doing it by knitting. Yes knitting, just like grandma used to do but grandma never knitted leg warmers for a cold statue.

At least I don't think she did.

In Denver we have our own society of yarn taggers, the Ladies Fancywork Society. Better yet they already have a sister city and clan in Amsterdam, so keep your eyes open Denverites and Amsterdamians! You might run across some of their handywork and hopefully it makes you smile. At the very least I hope it doesn't make you angry because it isn't permanent and can very easily revert back to harmless yarn.

Another photo, just to show you how awesome our Ladies Fancywork Society really is:

Downtown here in Denver, we have 2 giant statues that are supposed to represent ballerinas or something, but everyone calls them the "Dancing Aliens". Our Ladies thought their legs weren't warm enough and knitted a seven foot leg warmer! There's also a video. Legendary Leg Warmers

For all you Londoners, yes you have your own yarnbomber over at Knit the City.

I have never been more interested in knitting and crocheting than ever before! I want to knit massive leg warmers or tree warmers or creatures of the night like Knit the City's Yarn Corps:

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