Yarn Bombing

I love graffiti.  (I’m not a fan of tagging though.)  I like the idea that you wake up one morning and chaos has ensued on a wall. Pretty, interesting, chaos.  Gone is the plain block wall replaced by art that says something left by someone you probably don’t know.  I  wish one day it would happen to the outside wall of my studio.

In the universe of graffiti there is something out there called ‘yarn bombing’.  It’s a form mostly lead by women.  The bomber knits or crochets over public objects typically in the dead of night.   I love the fact that women have found a unique voice in the graffiti world.  It tends to be colorful and soft but explodes out of the landscape.  You can’t can’t notice it!

I knew yarn bombing had hit the big time when I came across this ad in last months ‘People’ magazine…

Tampax ad starring Ishknits

Tampax ad starring Ishknits

I’ve been stalking Ishknits for about a year.  This past summer when I went to Philly I emailed her to see if she had anything up.  We walked around looking for this one…

Ishknit's telephone in Philly

Ishknit’s telephone in Philly

…but it had already been taken down. Whah-Wha!

 There is so much out there!!!!!

Here are few of my favorite images…

From 'Knit the City'

From ‘Knit the City’

Yarn Bomber Olek

Yarn Bomber Olek

Another from Ishknits

Another from Ishknits

And some unknown yarn bombers…

Maybe, just maybe, one day I’ll be walking down the street and spy a little yarn spiraling out of the ground or  trailing from around a parking meter.  Until then, thank you oh, great interweb for sharing your images!

So you want to start yarn bombing?  Here’s a few tutorials:

How to Yarn Bomb by Twilight Taggers

Yarn Bombing

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2 Comments

  1. Cynthia
    Posted November 4, 2012 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Hey so glad to get a Molly post! This stuff is beautiful! The sheer amount of knitting and design is amazing — going to have fun checking into it…

  2. Nino
    Posted November 4, 2012 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Love it!

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