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The yarn bombing of Joy Kogawa’s house in 2011 is what prompted me to try crochet.

When I visited the house at 1450 West 64th Avenue, I was amazed by all the knitted blossoms hung on the old cherry tree (courtesy of yarn bombers and authors Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain and a group of volunteers).

Joy Kogawa's house - yarn bombing 2011 (photo by JT)

The old cherry tree (whose story is told in Joy Kogawa’s Naomi’s Tree) stopped blossoming so they invited people to knit or crochet pink cherry blossoms to help cover the historic tree.

The knitted blossoms looked so pretty on the tree:

Joy Kogawa's house - yarn bombing 2011 (photo by JT)

Joy Kogawa's house - yarn bombing 2011 (photo by JT)

And there were so many different kinds, too.

Joy Kogawa's house - yarn bombing 2011 (photo by JT)

But it’s when I saw that tiny little blossom that I thought I’d really like to try to make one:

Joy Kogawa's house - yarn bombing 2011 (photo by JT)

I purchased a crochet, pink yarn, browsed some video tutorials and made my first blossoms in no time! Try one of these video tutorials:

With a little patience, you’ll crochet your first cherry blossom in no time.

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