Happy International Yarn Bombing Day

I recently discovered that June 9th is International Yarn Bombing Day. The origins of yarn bombing (or knit graffiti) are often debated, but it is said to have begun in Texas, USA in 2005. Colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn are displayed in public places, often by anonymous crafters.

It got me thinking about whether I would ever have the confidence or skills to participate in a yarn bombing. What motivates people? Is it just a fun way to express creativity, or are there statements to be made? Whatever the idea behind a yarn bomb, it sure is a fun way to decorate a street or item, and it’s bound to make people stop and smile.

My yarn bombing research led me to rediscover all the recent knit graffiti I had seen online and in the national and local news.

Some of you may have seen the recent press about guerrilla knitwear artist Olek’s crocheted outfits for Anthony Gormley sculptures on Crosby Beach, Merseyside. Although the sculptures have been on the beach since 2005, Olek wanted to transform the sculptures into something new. She says “By covering them and giving them a new skin, I made them more alive”. Would this be the same for a tree? Or a railing? I know if I discovered a branch covered in a multicoloured plethora of yarn, it would certainly make me notice the tree when I would have otherwise walked on by.

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It’s said to be technically illegal to yarn bomb (considered a form of graffiti), but many local knitting groups are embracing the trend and I even discovered a recent yarn bomb in the nearby city of Norfolk.

The Norfolk Ninja Knitters spruced up lamposts and sculptures outside the City Hall, but sadly the council removed the yarn bombs 🙁

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These yarn bombs I found on Pinterest are really inspiring….

I love this London phone box, with Big Ben as the backdrop!

Source: www.knitthecity.com / Image © Knit the City

This one would really make people think twice about dodging parking fees…..

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I wonder how long this tree yarn bomb took?

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Have you spotted a great yarn bomb in your area? Have you ever yarn bombed?

Claire x

 

 

17 thoughts on “Happy International Yarn Bombing Day

  1. Yarn bombing is so fun! It is a bummer knowing that someone will probably take down your piece of knitting…but hopefully a few other people will get a smile from it before it disappears! 🙂

  2. Hi Claire. I just found your blog and I’m also living in Cambridge and did my first yarn bomb this weekend on chesterton road for international yarn bombing day. Would be great to chat and I’m in the process of setting up a central cambridge WI and think your input would be fantastic. Please get in touch naomi_lawrence@me.com
    Take a look at my blog, its very simple compared to yours but I think we’re on the same page so to speak.
    Naomi

    1. Hi Naomi, thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself. Great to hear there are some fellow crafters nearby and congrats on your yarn bomb, it looks fantastic. Really brightens up a dreary road 🙂

      Would love to know more about the WI group, I’ll email you in the morning 🙂

  3. Very interesting indeed, I have to say I didn’t know anything about yarn bombing until now 😮 Will surely follow up as I love knitting but I never know what to make.

  4. This is such a fantastic idea! I love the images you found. (I’ve just realised I’ve missed loads of fab recent posts by you!)

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