Yarn Bombing

This seems to be the latest craze, although I am not sure if it has made its way from America to our Australian shores just yet.

Yarn Bombing….or….Yarn Graffiti.

Where you knit something and then bomb the area with your creations.  Some people like to leave little notes for the people who find their knitting.  What a lovely way to cheer up a strangers day.

Wikipedia defines Yarn Bombing as:

Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, graffiti knitting, guerrilla knitting, or yarnstorming is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth rather than paint or chalk. While yarn installations – called yarn bombs or yarnstorms – may last for years, they are considered non-permanent, and, unlike graffiti, can be easily removed if necessary. The practice is believed to have originated in the U.S. with Texas knitters trying to find a creative way to use their leftover and unfinished knitting projects, but it has since spread worldwide. While other forms of graffiti may be expressive, decorative, territorial, socio-political commentary, advertising or vandalism, yarn bombing is almost exclusively about reclaiming and personalizing sterile or cold public places.

When you google Yarn Bombing and click on Images, you see so many beautiful things people have knitted.  Some creations must have taken ages (see tank cover below) and others are just a simple colourful touch to a rusty old pole.

A book on how to Yarn Bomb.

Jerry Kaba, 30, holds his girlfriend Jessie Hemmons, 23, up on his shoulders, as she knits a sweater on a tree in Rittenhouse Square. ( Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel / Staff Photographer) March 24, 2010.


7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Shara on March 31, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Definitely sounds right up my alley!!


  2. A READER’S COMMENT ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE: that looks so cool 😀 would take a really long time tho 😀


  3. A READER’S COMMENT ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE: Ive seen this around here, In Brisbane, even in Pomona too! Its cool. when you are next in Pomona check it out down main street!


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  5. Posted by TreeHugger on July 14, 2012 at 7:56 am

    I love it! Especially the lacy embellishment of the boring chain link fence. But I do see a potential problem. A lot of the pictures are of tree “cozies”, and a lot of commercially available yarn is synthetic. If it doesn’t disintegrate in a few years the tree could be killed by girdling.
    Other than that, cool!


  6. Posted by Joy on October 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Just think of all the ugly sweaters you own and knit them together, like,,, hugging a tree. LOL


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