Yarn Bombing: My Favourite Article Of 2009

Last year, in the midst of my knitting crazed life, I was given an article that has made me view my craft quite differently.  I was accustomed to knitting to keep PEOPLE warm, and show them I care.  Every knitter I knew was knitting for people.  Some knit for baby people, some knit for old people, some knit for homeless people, some knit for family and friends, and some knit for pets that they considered to be people.

I had never seen anything knit for a bus!

The article opened my eyes to the world of yarn bombing (knit graffiti), which is apparently a world wide movement dedicated to improving the urban landscape one stitch at a time.

People knit for trees….

and gas stations…

and bikes…

and telephone booths…

and pine cones…
I’m not sure what I think about this act of knitterly rebellion.  It certainly is changing a stereotype!

So….if you were a yarn bomber…..what would you bomb?

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  • Chelsea

    YOU! ok, not actually YOU.. but imagine that, if someone knit their own cocoon…

  • OLW2B

    frogs… definitely frogs…

  • http://twitter.com/gwenbell Gwen Bell

    Cute beyond words! I would yarn bomb my local library! And a river.

  • tortagialla

    Oh my, I have heard of yarn bombing…I think it's fantastic! It's like bringing that warmth and love usually given to people – out to our landscape and environment. Perhaps since we are realizing the serious issues of climate change, folks are paying more attention to our living spaces. I knit amazingly slow, but if I did do some yarn bombing I would do something around, near or in a hospital. I realize there are sanitary issues but I feel like those places need more warmth and feeling in them.

  • http://keepitsimplemakeitgreat.blogspot.com/ Paula – Buenos Aires

    Never thought of this! Super cool. I´ll start looking around. :D

  • http://www.brycewidom.com/ Bryce

    Sooooo fun! Can't wait to share this with my knitter sister. Do you have any idea how it holds up over time? (rain, dust, pollution, bird poo, etc.)

  • http://www.brycewidom.com/ Bryce

    Oh – and what would I yarn bomb? A whole grove of trees. And how cool that it would actually shed over time!

  • http://toknitinvisiblestars.wordpress.com/ Nicole

    The CN Tower!

  • http://www.imeldabettinger.com/blog/ Imelda

    WOW! Just WOW! I wish I could knit!

  • http://lisasartjournal.wordpress.com/ Lisa


  • http://twitter.com/amykoehler Amy Koehler

    If I was a yarn bomber, I would yarn bomb my neighbors' backyard! They are Sanford and Son reincarnated & I'd love to look out my window & see colorful yarn bombed loveliness instead of all their crap! (hmmm…)
    I love love love this article!

  • http://www.crfranke.com/ Cathey

    How awesome! I had no idea this was being done. I'm a novice at knitting, just now completing your basic scarves, so yard bombing is doubly impressive to me. I should yard bomb the trees outside to look like Christmas trees, complete with tinsel, ornaments and star. Great post!

  • http://www.pleasurenotes.com emma

    I would yarn bomb my sofa. It needs reupholstering anyway. This is awesome.

  • http://www.pleasurenotes.com emma

    I would yarn bomb my sofa. It needs reupholstering anyway. This is awesome.

  • Complexity0101


    Yarn Bombing is UNHEALTHY for trees!!

    Most yarn being used is ACRYLIC, which is PLASTIC, is NOT biodegradable & gives pests a safe cover from birds looking for food a place to hide while they bore into the tree, weakening it.


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  • Nancy

    That would be neat. I would just like to bomb my sofa:)

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