The New Graffiti

I was browsing around the web the other day, and I came across these before and after pictures: The statue, entitled “Solace  in the Wind”, stands at one of the harbors in Wellington, New Zealand, is just one of many victims around the world that have been “yarnbombed”. I wondered what the heck “yarnbombing” is, so I went looking. And I’m LOVING what I discovered…

Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarnstorming, guerrilla knitting, or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth rather than paint or chalk. That’s from Wiki. And this is from a blog called Yarnbombing: “Improving the urban landscape one stitch at a time.”

I…Love…This! I hate seeing graffiti everywhere when I go to the Big City. It’s even coming here to our little bitty farm town. I don’t care if some of it is “well done” and takes talent; it’s ugly and disrespectful, and is often filled with obscenity. But this? THIS is awesome. THIS takes thought, planning, and yes, talent. And best of all? It’s not permanent. Agreed, it defaces public property, but in a completely reversible way. After all, if the city really doesn’t want the Yarnbomb on the property, a pair of scissors is all they need to correct the problem. No harm done, no permanent damage sustained. But probably a whole lot of smiles encouraged before the removal.

Here are some other yarn bombs that are pictured around the web.

These next pics are borrowed from Yarnbombing.com.  From Vancouver:

Eugene, Oregon:

Look at this one, pictured in the book, Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti

How stunning is that? Here’s a yarnbombing-in-progress:

I could gather pictures all day long, but neither of us has that much time. I just had to share these pictures with you. This is such a cool project, and I hope it catches on. And if you want to see more pictures of bombing, just google image it. It’s amazing, some of the stuff out there. I mean, seriously, a BUS???  Ok, one more. Yes, a bus:

Gorgeous.

This makes me want to start knitting again. Although I never did anything this big. The only thing I ever yarnbombed was a baby in the neonatal unit at the hospital by my mom’s house. (I made baby hats for them.)

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6 Responses to The New Graffiti

  1. Joy says:

    This is the most awesome-EST stuff I’ve ever seen. I want to make some!!!!

  2. Laura says:

    I know!! Ever since I wrote this, I’ve been thinking… I’ve got to learn how to knit tubes. We’ve got a bridge right in the middle of town. I could bomb it! Or put koozies on the lamp posts in town!!

    • Joy says:

      You know Laura, you wouldn’t need to learn to knit in a tube for most of this stuff. Most stuff you won’t be able to “slip” right on anyhow and you’ll need it flat and you’ll have to stitch it together after you place it where you want it. Like a bridge or anything with railings, you wouldn’t be able to slip right on. You’d need to know how big around it is, knit it flat and place it where you want it and either use a crochet hook or darning needle to tighten it into place. Look at the lower pictures like that tree, there’s no way you could slip those over that rough area and get those branches right. This looks so cool to me. It’s a good think we don’t live closer and go out in pubic together or people would talk. Knitting is super easy if you don’t know how, you have a good friend who knits daily.

      • Laura says:

        I know how to knit… My ADD is so rampant that I only have a short attention span for it. Which is why I stuck to baby hats during my “knitting phase”. I tried to make a prayer shawl once. Gorgeous, soft yarn… and a NIGHTMARE to work with… it was Lion Brand, I don’t know what it’s called (I went and looked it up. It’s called Homespun), but if you hold a strand of it, it’s not straight. It’s lumpy. Soft as all get out, and lots of different random colors. But man, if you dropped a stitch? (which I did ALL the time)trying to get it back was insane. It’s still sitting in my closet in the bag. It’s been up there for a good five years. I pull it out every now and again, thinking, I’m going to finish this… and never do. So I go back to the baby hats. Those I can knock out in an evening… two 4″ squares of straight knit. Sew them together on three sides and turn inside-out. Then put two little pom-poms on, one on each top corner. Adorable!

  3. loveanddust says:

    Yarn- bombing?? It’s amazing what people can come up with! Too bad I can’t knit because I would totally hit up a fire hydrant or two. Maybe even a few oak trees.

    jenny
    loveanddust.com

  4. mssc54 says:

    Wow, that tree one with the crochet is pretty cool.

    I think I’ll try to bring back the old tennis shoes tied together then thrown over the power lines. 😉

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