I haven’t mentioned the Spivey twins lately, have I? For those of you who don’t know them, Shirley and Mercy Spivey are my late grandmother’s cousins. That makes them my cousins once or twice removed. Or as Granny used to say, the further removed the better. To give you an idea of what Shirley and Mercy are like, no one involved in the yarn-bombing planned for later this week has breathed a word to the Spiveys about it. Actually, we haven’t breathed a word to anyone about it. Yarn-bombing is a form of graffiti, and graffiti is best done after dark and on the sly.
The Spiveys have a way of finding things out, though. Finding things out and then making them murkier. For instance, they claim to have seen someone with Hugh McPhee the afternoon before he died, but they went all cagey and sly when I asked them who it was. Here’s how that exchange went:
Shirley: “You can’t let anyone know we told you what we’re about to tell you.”
Mercy: “You’ll be painting bull’s eyes on our backs if you do.”
Shirley: “It was Al.”
Mercy: “From Chicago.”
The way she said “From Chicago” made it sound as though the guy’s last name must be Capone. I had no idea who they were talking about – whispering about – and when I said so, they wouldn't tell me anything else. They just acted disgusted and left.
Great. I could ignore that information. I could tell myself that Shirley and Mercy were exaggerating the danger they’d be in if someone found out they told me they’d seen Hugh McPhee with “Al from Chicago.” I could forget I saw the twins and forget I heard their whispered fears. But have you ever tried ignoring something the Spiveys have said? I have, and believe me, it doesn’t work. Spivey words are ear worms. They’re like those songs you don’t want to hear, because if you do, you’ll hum them without ceasing for the next week and a half.
But the main thing to remember is that Spiveys are Spiveys. They’re prone to exaggeration, misinterpretation, and manipulation. So, although they might be worried, the yarn bomb squad and I don’t see any reason to cancel our plans for Thursday night. Ardis, Thea, Ernestine, John, Joe, and I – and maybe even Geneva – are going to brighten Blue Plum with stripes and strips of knitting and crochet. I wish you could come with us. You can, vicariously, by reading Knot the Usual Suspects when it comes out September 1st. You can also plan your own yarn bomb foray, and here’s something to help you get started: I have one advance reading copy (ARC) of Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain to give away. Tell me in a comment what kind of yarn bomb you think it would be fun to create, and you’ll have a chance to win the ARC. Need some yarn bomb inspiration? Google “yarn bomb” and you’ll be blown away.
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