Friday, March 25, 2011

Yarn Bombing at Home

We had our living room floor done last week.

Six years ago we bought this brand new house, carpet in the living room was default. Trinket and Bucky were nine and ten, so we decided to keep the carpet for the old joints. In the past year we occasionally talked about a new floor "after", and now we finally have it. It's so nice not having to live with that dirty carpet any more!

Now with hardwood under our feet, 17 feet ceiling above our heads, our voices start to echo, much like frogs living in a damp well. Ok, maybe not that pathetic (frogs, pathetic? never mind), but you get the gist. So I came up a brilliant idea to add some texture to the living room with the hope that the wool padding would absorb some of the excess sound waves. Actually I was inspired by some talks on Ravelry about Yarn Bombing in San Francisco and Berkeley.

If you are not familiar with the concept of Yarn Bombing, I'm sure you've heard of graffiti, so just imagine a brave fiber artist spreading her knitted fabric on public properties, in very bright colors, usually at night, ducking around the cops. That's what I did, but instead of sharing my artistic work with the general public, I turned some swatches into stair railing covers. For now they are all wool pieces, a few of them were dyed with Koolaid and felted. One piece had some cables, but of course I manage to sew it onto a red pole and it just pretty much disappears into the background. Kinda defeats the "bombing" concept.

Give me another ten years, I'm sure I'll have the living room covered.


WonderWhyGal said...

LOVE IT! What a great way to show your love of knitting around the house too. Now I wish I had a stairwell so I could do that too.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Kathryn Ray said...

Oh how I miss hardwood floors.

We moved from a house that had hardwood everywhere including the kitchen and bathroom into a house with yucky carpet everywhere. Ugh.

The sound will be better when you move your furniture back in. Also an area rug can help... alpaca perhaps? ;-)

Your floor looks great and so do your yarn bombs. I really like the idea of yarnbombing your stairwell. :-)

Word Lily said...

Sounds like the perfect solution. :)

Voie de Vie said...

What a creative approach to interior design with textiles. How's the rest of the family taking your stairwell yarn bombing?

Oh, and love that hardwood floor. Love, love, love.

Happy fiber arts Friday!

Dutch Hollow said...

That is awesome! What a fun way to add color to your house.

Halfpint said...

The floor looks great, and the own house yarn bombing is a good idea to use up bits and pieces or gauge squares

Bill said...

From the "rest of family perspective", we think it looks nice but I hope the proposed alpaca area rug isn't too big as I'm still getting used to the wonderful look and feel of Brazilian cherry wood.

Melissa said...

Awesome, oh and the floor is beautiful too.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!!

Heather Woollove said...

Your new floor is awesome! I had the hardwood floors throughout my house refinished when we first moved in and they are so easy and still beautiful. (I did put vinyl flooring into my studio when I renovated it, though...water, water everywhere with felting!!) :)

one step at a time said...

Great idea! I love the colors. I wish our wood floors looked like yours!