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:
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:
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.)