Saturday, March 31, 2012

Space Invaders: a group project

Spencer Diamond here.
So I decided to try something new. I have all these crazy ideas for a yarn bomb, but I am only one person. I can't make all my ideas come true quickly.
The easiest solution was to get other people to help me. So I looked at all my friends and found two fellow yarn crafters ( a knitter and a crocheter) and asked them if they wanted to help me with a super secret yarn bomb.

The super secret yarn bomb was to cover the rail outside our campus with the solar system. Sun to Pluto (which I still consider a planet... and so does spell check apparently, because it wants to capitalize it). No moons, cause I am not insane.

The Sun (done by Botanical Garden)

Mercury (done by Botanical Garden)

Venus (done by Botanical Garden)

Earth (done by Botanical Garden) Sorry the photo quality is poor... I was freezing.

Mars (done by me, Spencer Diamond)

Asteroid belt (done by me, Spencer Diamond)

Jupiter (done by me, Spencer Diamond)

Saturn (done by me, Spencer Diamond)

Uranus (done by Black Pluto)

Neptune (done by Black Pluto)

and Pluto (done by Black Pluto)

We all worked on the sleeves, and I added the felt pieces on the Sun and the stars.
All in all working with others has turned out great. It has taught me what to expect from a larger project, which is that they look incredible once realized.

I also made a video of the whole bomb posted to my tumblr if you want to take a look at that.
This was an amazing project. Botanical Garden came up with the name. Other people took photos too, so hopefully I can do another post later this week with better photos of the planets.

And for the first time, I was confronted with security when doing a yarnbomb. They did not like our big project. So I have also learned that with big projects, you are testing societies limits more. I absolutely believe they will take it down Monday, but that's what you get sometimes.

This is definitely something I want to do with my yarn bombing crew again!


  1. This is wonderful! I've linked to it on my own blog. I hope that's alright - it's the kind of thing I'll want to look at again and again. *applauds*

    1. Wow, thanks! And I can understand wanting to look at it again and again. Thank you so much for your appreciation.

  2. Heya, I took some of my own pics before I saw this blog. I really like it. Mars has fallen out of orbit though, but it's still there on the ground near the railing. Maybe I should have grabbed it and contacted you? Anyway, keep it up!

    1. Aww thanks! You are a sweet heart, and I am glad you took pictures AND found your way to this blog!
      Don't worry about Mars xD Someone else mentioned that too, but now the whole thing has been taken down (as will happen with yarn bombing) so I am really glad you enjoyed it while you got the chance!
      Thanks again!

  3. Oh my gosh, I was cycling up Foul Bay to my beekeeper's meeting, and I screeched to a halt when I saw your amazing creation! I brought my kids back the next morning, bright and sunny, and they (children of a knitter, and planet-geeks too) were so excited. We snapped loads of pics which I sent far and wide to other knitters and social art lovers. That was awesome! It embodies everything there is to love about communities. That you thought it up, found collaborators, did it for the benefit of all and harm to none, enhanced our shared outdoor space, and for no personal gain. You rock! I'll be watching for your bombs around town, and maybe someday figure out how to do it myself. Take care.


    1. Wow! Thank you so much! That's all I do it for, for people like you who really appreciate coming across something like that in their environment. I'm so happy that your family could enjoy it too. Thank you so much for your praise.