During the Make-O-Rama, Stephanie and I set up a table to present our project to students and teachers. We spread our knitted material over our space and also included a small scale model of the trailer for enhanced display. Additionally, we had Steph’s computer set up with our slide show. I noticed that people were drawn to our table because we had tangible objects. Students and teachers alike were impressed by the knitted material (of course we gave credit to my grandma). When people came by our table we gave them some background information like what our original plan was and the roots of the yarn bombing movement. Then we would explain to them what we worked on this semester such as learning how to knit, repaneling the inside of the trailer, re-wiring the electrical system, and community outreach to avid knitters. If we could do one thing differently, it would have been to knit smaller pieces to cover the miniature model of the trailer. This would give people a better idea of what yarn-bombing is and help us better explain what we planned to do. Overall, people were intrigued by our idea and think it would be cool if we yarn-bombed our school.
From here, we plan on passing down our idea and recruiting girls to continue Knit Ventura. Since we have such a large knitting community at our school, it would seem like a waste if we just threw our project away. By passing down Knit Ventura and even just the idea of Yarn Bombing, the knitting club, people in our community, and avid teacher knitters can most definitely finish Knitting the trailer and possibly take the project a step further. Our knitting community can implement their knitting and crocheting skills into beautifying the school as well. They can go beyond the trailer and knit the pillars in our hallways, furniture in the library, doorways (etc.). The possibilities are endless and this can be a great project for future students to continue in our footsteps.
Stephanie and I both agree that we would give ourselves a 95/100. Given the limitations we had such as time and small size of our group, we were able to accomplish a lot. Although we weren’t able to cover the trailer in yarn, we learned various new skills such as knitting, using power tools (miter saw, band saw, staple gun, drill, etc.), and wiring electrical systems. We were also able to get several members of our community involved such as Sarah Brawn and the knitting club and my grandmother. We reached out to Magda Sayeg, the mother of yarn-bombing, however she never got back to us 😦 Together, Stephanie and I worked really well as a team. Our work was split pretty evenly…no one had too much or too little responsibility.
My advice to future students who are presented with a similar project is to realize that you have less time than you think. It’s okay to have really awesome large-scale ideas!! But realize that with trying to juggle other classes, extracurriculars, tackling an enormous project is not practical. Instead of taking on this big problem you want to solve, find one specific thing you want to fix and stick with that. By doing this, you will have one focus and have a higher likelihood of successfully completing your project.
Best of luck to all you makers/knitters/thinkers/problem-solvers/world-changers!!!! Keep up the good work and continue to find ways to improve the world around you!Problem-solvers/world-changers!!!! Keep up the good work and continue to find ways to improve the world around you!