Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Yarn bombing at the de Young

The de Young Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is featuring some fiber art by the artist known as Streetcolor. The exhibit is called "Streetcoloring at the de Young" and runs through January 4. The exhibit features yarn bombing throughout the museum and its surrounds. Here are the decorated bike racks outside the entrance.

The poles around the ticket lines are decorated.

There is an exhibit of her felting art in one of the galleries. She is doing felting on the premises and there are times available when you ask her about her work. Here's a display of some of her pieces.

There was a crowd knitting event on Dec 6, but I didn't know about the exhibit until recently. It's ending soon, so if you're in the area, check it out!

Friday, December 26, 2014

FO: Germander shrug

This the Germander Shrug from Graphic Knits. The yarn is the now discontinued Sublime Yarns Organic Merino DK. I wanted to knit this shrug mainly because I liked the stitch pattern on the back. Also, I didn't have enough of the yarn in my stash for a full cardigan so I thought this pattern would be great for it. The yarn knits more like a worsted weight instead of DK weight. As with many shrugs, the front isn't very exciting.

I don't know that I love this shrug, but I generally don't love shrugs that much because they look a bit odd in the back for my taste and they don't cover enough in the front. This pattern has an interesting construction which makes the sleeves start really low on the arms so it feels like the shrug is being pulled off by the sleeves. I do like the stitch pattern and the yarn feels very luxurious, so I'll probably get some wear out of it come spring when I just need a bit of warmth around my neck and back.