Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Stars might be Born! or Another Alaskan story!

A reality tv program is looking for folks in Sitka who liveaboard. They are established in the UK and called ITV Productions. I don't know many details but look forward to more information coming soon.
Do you think Jim's 38 years and my 18 years living aboard quality us?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Juneau Empire July 8, 2014

SITKA — Vandals have destroyed knitted decorations that were put on Sitka public signposts by a local woman in a personal beautification project.
Fran Hartman discovered that at least six of the 16 signpost decorations she put up on Lincoln Street in recent weeks were in tatters, the Daily Sitka Sentinel reported.
“It breaks my heart,” Hartman said. “I spent hundreds of hours, and my own money, and I was just starting to get businesses to back me, and now they’re just gone.”
The vandalism occurred overnight last Wednesday. Hartman made the discovery the following day.

One of her projects was to add knitted eyeballs to fish-shaped bicycle racks. “I wanted to brighten everyone’s day,” she said.
Hartman said she has received positive reviews from local residents about her project. She also hoped it would leave a memorable impression on tourists. Some of her knitted contributions came from fellow knitters that she’s met around the world.
Hartman had planned to add more of the knitted decorations, but said soon after the vandalism that she’s having second thoughts.
Early in Hartman’s “yarn-bombing” project, someone stole a stop-sign wrapping that featured three crocheted skulls framed in red.
Yarn-bombing is a form of street art that has been done in cities across the country in recent years, with knitters crafting cozies for everything from vehicles to trees. Last summer, more than 1,800 knitters covered Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Bridge in 3,000 feet of colorful yarn.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Former Student! Thanks Megan!

Dream comes true!

Just wanted to make sure you saw the shoutout to you in this article! I wouldn't be pursuing the dreams that I am if I didn't have you as my teacher! Thanks for all you have done for me:)

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Trend setter in Alaska!

I am definitely an Alaskan Trend setter!! Lol
 Jim flew our plane to Palmer over the weekend for a new paint job ( she'll be red). The trip took him to several Alaskan towns Now sporting their own Yarn Bombed items. Way to catch on Alaska!!
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

From the Anchorage Daily News!!!

Alaska knitter 'yarn-bombs' town for beauty

Rachel D'Oro / Associated Press | Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:00 pm

Alaska Yarn Bomber

In this June 12, 2014 photo provided by Fran Hartman,a cannon is covered with a skull made of yarn, in Sitka, Alaska. Fran Hartman, a knitting enthusiast, is yarn-bombing her seaside community by wrapping public poles in knitted casings. Hartman has decorated four poles so far, and plans at least eight more, only she doesn’t have the city’s official permission. But she’s already drawing positive reactions to her private deeds. (AP Photo/Fran Hartman)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A knitting enthusiast in southeast Alaska is yarn-bombing her seaside community by wrapping public poles in knitted casings, sort of like a small-town Christo let loose with doilies.
Fran Hartman has just begun her personal beautification effort in picturesque Sitka. She's decorated four poles and plans at least eight more, with some knitted contributions coming from fellow knitters she's met around the world. The Sitka idea is one she's thought about for months before launching it earlier this month.
"You can only knit and crochet for so many people in your life," Hartman said. "I needed to keep my creative juices flowing."
She doesn't have the city's official permission, but her work is drawing positive reactions. Hartman, 61, is a former teacher who retired from the Everett School District in Washington state before sailing around the world with her husband, then settling in Alaska several years ago. She lives on a sailboat with her husband in Sitka, a town and borough with a regional population of about 9,000 located 90 miles south of Juneau.
A priest walked by one of Hartman's installations the other day and heard her saying she was having fun but didn't want to get caught and thrown into jail. Hartman said the priest told her no worries, he would give her absolution. Before she even wrapped her first poll, she asked a local lawyer what kind of trouble she could get into, and he offered to defend her for free because she wasn't defacing property, there were no safety issues, and the yarn sleeves could easily be removed.
In fact, someone stole a stop sign wrapping that featured three crocheted skulls framed in red. That installation represented a safety message, Hartman said.
Even the mayor, Mim McConnell, liked a Facebook post about Hartman's work. To her, it's fun, and it's fine as far as she's concerned. Nothing is being defaced, and it highlights a town with numerous artists.
"This is just another way of expressing yourself," McConnell said.
Yarn-bombing is a form of street art that has occurred in cities across the country in recent years, with knitters crafting cozies for everything from trees to vehicles. Last summer, more than 1,800 knitters covered Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Bridge in 3,000 feet of colorful yarn.
Local painter Lisa Teas is among 22 artists with the Island Artists Gallery co-op. One of the dolled-up Sitka signposts is near the Lincoln Street gallery, and Teas remembers Hartman borrowing a chair to install her piece on the pole. Teas said she likes the new life the project adds and the splashes of color. She's heard other residents call the additions exciting, asking who's been doing it.
"It's like this local mystery of who's behind the crochet," she said.
City Administrator Mark Gorman said he will not be alerting police to find out who is decorating public signs. Personally, he likes people who do this kind of stuff. But he adds that a formal request to conduct such a project would prompt a careful consideration by the city.
"Better to ask forgiveness than permission," Gorman said of the yarn mission.
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Gramma's Graffiti Hits the News Waves!!!

What a day! Live interview on KFQD Anchorage Radio, thanks to Kodiak friend Dell Masterhan who called to tell me the radio station was trying to reach me after doing a 45 minute talk on my "Yarn Bombing of Sitka". Seattle PI article, Anchorage Daily News article,and at least 20 other Newspapers from around the country and Canada have run articles. Who knew having fun could be so news worthy.  

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014