I’ve been excited since I heard there was something called Yarn: The Movie. And then, I saw some crafty folks hosting a showing down in Columbus, about 2 hours from me but I was going to be out of town. But I totally lucked out and the Cleveland Museum of Art had a one time showing last Sunday. A bunch of my knitting friends got tickets and headed to the museum.
There was a line to get in when we got there because they were waiting for the DVD. I hoped they would get it soon because no one wants to deal with an angry mob of yarn enthusiasts. 6 of us made the trip and I somehow thought we would know everyone at the movie even though that does not make any sense. We don’t know all the knitters in Cleveland and maybe there were crocheters, who knows??? There were definitely more men than I expected. Overall, the small auditorium was pretty full so I guess we were not the only interested people in town.
I brought my Ravellenics socks with me because I knew this was the one time it was completely appropriate to knit through the entire movie. (Side note, I only knit for the first couple of minutes because I did know where the slip stitch pattern started after the stitch marker and my other friend almost lost her ball of yarn down the middle of the theater so I think I’ll continue to skip knitting at movies 🙂 ) Finally, the lights dimmed and it was show time!! I was so excited!!! While I had heard a somewhat so-so review of the film, I had also heard a really good review so I remained optimistic.
I loved it – 5 dpns to this movie!!! I get that it might not be for everyone as parts of it are kind of out there, it was everything I had hoped for. It really concentrates on the use of yarn as art expression. The movie follows four different yarn artists in different locations. All four use yarn art expression in different ways. The movie, through the artists, also explores feminist themes of art, craft and women’s work. It is beautifully narrated by Barbara Kingslover.
To be clear, this is definitely not a movie about knitting sweaters or how yarn is made. There are a few very cute sheep that make appearances but the movie is about how these four women are using yarn to make a statement in the world. For those people that are just interested in knitting and/or crocheting as a craft to make things this is probably not the movie for you. I’m a yarn bomb enthusiast and I love to see what talented and creative people are doing to express themselves and their idea. When I left the movie I wanted to go out and yarn bomb the world. I would also add that the movie is not just about yarn bombing – two of the women use yarn bombing in different ways in their art but the other two artists have nothing to do with yarn bombing.
One of my friends that came to movie moved to Vermont this past week so she asked if we could visit her two favorite pieces of art in the museum so she could say good-bye to them before she left. My other friend is new to the area and had never been to our wonderful museum so we did a quick run through before we headed home. After watching the movie, it was even more interesting to see what her two favorite pieces were as it was clear that we all express ourselves so differently through art. It was also fun to show off our amazing (and free) museum to our first time friend. And now, whenever I go to the museum and see those two pieces I will think of our lovely day out.