Yarnbombing Lark Books, Asheville, N.C.

Suddenly I had a brilliant idea. I should go to Asheville and yarnbomb Lark books. I adore Lark books-they publish beautiful books on craft, extremely beautiful craft. My favorite books are their 500 series –  collections of photos of  handmade beads, pitchers, knives, chairs, bracelets, necklaces and lots more. I have an entire book case of their art.

I flew to Charlotte and drove to Asheville. I parked at Earth Guild and walked down the hill and over to Lark publishing. It was hot and people were playing bongos. I had my measuring tape in my pocket.

Lark Books is a large new brick building with a alluring  closed bookstore storefront  and a sign on the door saying ” We are a publishing house, not a bookstore”. I pressed my nose to the glass and looked in longingly.

There were no poles in front of Lark books but there were 2 fine parking meters. I measured them and walked back to my car. I got my bag of yarnbombs and yarnbombed the flatiron corner. {More on that later}  A woman came by and told me flatly ” They will never let you keep that up. It will be down in an hour”

This was very discouraging. Maybe I shouldn’t yarn bomb Lark books. I trudged along. Then my mind cleared ” These pieces are a gift. I just give them ” I thought.” It doesn’t matter at all if they take them down”

I sat down at Larks’ parking meter and started to sew.  I had a really decorative yarnbomb for them-with red knit roses. Suddenly a man shouted ”  We know what this is! Crocheted Yarnbombing !’ { This is almost true}

I was a little startled.  I looked up and there were 3 very bright faced people smiling at me. One woman had a stack of extremely good looking books under her arm . I wanted to gently pull them away from her and sit on the sidewalk and read them. ” We work at Lark books and we saw what you were doing and we ran out to see”  the young man said.

This was great. I told them how I loved their books and collected them all.The blonde woman, Beth disappeared . Chris took pictures.  It was so fun to talk to them. Beth reappeared and handed me  3 beautiful new  books , ” The Masters Series ”  books on Earthenware, Quilts and Collage. I was floored. { Have I told you how much I love those books ? }

I think this was the best thing that has happened to me while I have been yarnbombing. Read what Lark Books wrote here.