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Yarn Bombing

Updated on August 9, 2013

Yipee for Yarn Bombing!

In case you're wondering what in the blazes "yarn bombing" is, you've come to the right place!

"Yarn Bombing" is an amusing form of artful anarchism. It's a bit of cockammamie crocheting and granny grafitti all rolled into one!

Yup, yarn bombers are definitely knotty by nature!

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Image Credit: Cozy Bus by Magda Sayeg of Knitta Please, Mexico City.

Quit Stringing Me Along!

Look Sweet Cheeks, I may be naughty by nature, but if you think some colorful threads will improve my curves, my personality, and my disposition...go right ahead...humor me!

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Image Credit: Red dragon illustration - kristynalitten.blogspot.com/red_dragon

"SHE'D RATHER DYE THAN KNIT WITH UNATTRACTIVE YARN!" (Image Credit: Joe McLaren@flickr.com)

"SHE'D RATHER DYE THAN KNIT WITH UNATTRACTIVE YARN!" (Image Credit: Joe McLaren@flickr.com)
"SHE'D RATHER DYE THAN KNIT WITH UNATTRACTIVE YARN!" (Image Credit: Joe McLaren@flickr.com)

YARN BOMBING/YARNBOMBING

n. "The surreptitious or unauthorized placement of knitted objects on statues, posts, and other public structures."

-- Word Spy --

She pondered for a moment and wondered why anyone would want to sock it to her?

A stitch in time would have confused Einstein.

YARN BOMBING MADE EASY!

SAY YES TO YARN BOMBING -- IT'S EASY!

Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti
Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti

Here's a "classic" from one of the pioneers of yarn bombing.

 
Yarn Bombing 18th Street
Yarn Bombing 18th Street

Curious collectors will appreciate where to find the best knots in town.

 
Art of Yarn Bombing: No Pattern Required
Art of Yarn Bombing: No Pattern Required

Why not take up a time-honored tradition of knitting but adding a modern twist?

 
Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun
Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

Some say that Idle hands are the work of the devil, so if that's so, here's a great book to keep you busy with oodles of fun activities.

 
Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery
Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery

If you need a nudge to inspire you to take up a new pastime -- Embroidery with flair that's fun...this is an exceptional resource.

 

Yarn-Bombers Do Their Part To Help - The Wall Street Bull Prepare for a Chilly Investment Climate!

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Image Credit: Yarn bombing photo - theruralsite.blogspot.com/yarn-bombing-wall-street-bull.jpg

Over 60 million people in America knit. The average knitter spends between $500 and $1,700 a year on yarn, patterns, needles, and books.

Now the real question is how many of them have ever considered giving that ugly Christmas sweater a new home? -- Perhaps on a civic statue or on a scarecrow on Halloween?

Improving the urban landscape one stitch at a time!

Improving the urban landscape one stitch at a time!
Improving the urban landscape one stitch at a time!

FLUFFY FUN

When it comes to crazy counter-culture, there's one bit of fluffy one that's taking countries by storm these days, and its called "yarn bombing".

Billed as a form of "guerilla granny grafitti", it can be found in the streets of London, Mexico City, and Vancouver, B.C. to name a few far flung places where wicked wool-gathers hang out.

So exactly what is yarn bombing?

Well, according to one the world's most creative and prolific yarn bombers, Magda Sayeg, (a 35-year-old lass from Texas and founder of Knitta Please), "It's about making people smile and bringing art out of the galleries so everyone can appreciate it". And she should know, she's been all around the globe embelleshing the built environment as she goes. Her thrilling threads can be found hanging from the Great Wall of China, blowing in the breeze at several Paris landmarks, and even on the Welcome sign to the Manhattan on the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Image Credit: Perri Lewis, The Guardian, UK -- Magda Sayeg in action

WHY NOT ADD A BIT OF SASS AND SPUNK TO A STAID STATUE? (Image Credit: ArtYarnUKDIY@flickr.com in Berlin, Germany)

WHY NOT ADD A BIT OF SASS AND SPUNK TO A STAID STATUE? (Image Credit: ArtYarnUKDIY@flickr.com in Berlin, Germany)
WHY NOT ADD A BIT OF SASS AND SPUNK TO A STAID STATUE? (Image Credit: ArtYarnUKDIY@flickr.com in Berlin, Germany)

TAGGING WITH A TWIST!

Merry munchkins would be well advised to toss their spray cans and take up knitting. Frankly, there's oodles more fun to be had with friends when you can paint your town whatever colors you please as long as it's made of fuzzy, furry, lumpy or bumpy yarn!

Yup, yarn bombing has become the talk of the town...it's like tagging with a twist.

First things first, forget about eating your heart out and pining over a lost love with grumbling guys or gals. The best therapy is threads, the more the merrier. Suck it up their "Stitch Witch" and "Sassy Swatch". Get cracking: It's time to cast on and off like crazy all you crochet commandos!

How about making a winter wooly scarf to wrap around a lamp post? Or, why not knit a titillating tree trunk sweater, or darn a dazzling ditty for a doorknob.

If you need more information on how to spin yarns in Lotusland or anywhere else for that matter, why not pick up a copy of a new book published by Arsenal Pulp Press entitled, The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain (who tell you all about this guerilla art and offer some great knitting patterns to get started)!

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Image Credit: Jeff Christenson@flickr.com (lamp post in the Inner Harbour facing the Provincial Legislature in beautiful downtown Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)

Yarn Harlots & Hussies Unite - Timeless Tales Told By Knotty Knitters!

Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter
Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter

Knitting is at least as fun as baseball, football, or tiddlywinks -- besides its a heck of a lot easier to do than the evil looped path of crochet.

 
Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks
Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks

A practical guide to one of the world's oldest professions -- being a yarn harlot of course. A hiliarious and interesting how-to manual for mavens wondering how to knit a pair of sassy socks or a homespun hat.

 
At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much

The perfect gift for anyone who needs to chill while ripping out the last 150 rows of stitching because ... ooops there's a mistake for pity's sake! It's also a great way to learn a new way to use pejorative terms like "Darn" without getting into trouble!

 
Free-Range Knitter: The Yarn Harlot Writes Again
Free-Range Knitter: The Yarn Harlot Writes Again

Knitters are knotty by nature which is why they get off on silky skeins and woolies for willies ... just kidding.

 
Things I Learned From Knitting: ...whether I wanted to or not
Things I Learned From Knitting: ...whether I wanted to or not

This book will keep you in stitches whether you like it or not!

 

TRUST ME, THIS TREE TRUNK LOOKS A WHOLE LOT BETTER! (Image Credit: ArtYarnUKDIY@flickr.com - London, England)

TRUST ME, THIS TREE TRUNK LOOKS A WHOLE LOT BETTER! (Image Credit: ArtYarnUKDIY@flickr.com - London, England)
TRUST ME, THIS TREE TRUNK LOOKS A WHOLE LOT BETTER! (Image Credit: ArtYarnUKDIY@flickr.com - London, England)

ARE YOU BORED OUT OF YOUR GOURD AND LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO?

Never fear, there is always a place for those who wish to contribute to the rich treasury of creative loafing in the world.

Don't complain about those ugly monstrosities commonly referred to as "unique pieces of public art". Give them a new lease on life and a ripsnorting reason for being!

Why not join a jest-in-time group of crochet commandos and leave your handiwork behind on those shabby sculptures and questionable quirks of art?

It's time to brandish those balls of yarn and dare to darn up a storm to cloack everything in sight...be it a door knob, a railing, a stop sign, or a table leg, and why not pray tell.

Frankly, if you're bored out of your gourd darning doilies, you're sick and tired of knitting socks and sweaters for people who probaby don't give a sweet tweet about your precocious personality, and you're beginning to wonder whether your passion for pink and purple pot-holders is wearing a tad thin these days...then do something different...just for the heck of it!

Take some advice from some frustrated felines...just turn your urge to spit tacks into "stealth knitting"! Organize yourself into a guerilla team of crazy craftspeople and create a bit of "shock and awe" by turning your town's tacky pieces of outdoor art into titillating tidbits with the help of some terrific tea-cozies or tasteful tuques.

How about creating a giant tea cozy to cover an entire bus (like they did in Mexico City), or sneak out under the cover of darkness and decorate a few stop signs with a snug-fitting pair of socks (like they did recently in Montreal, Quebec), or perhaps plop a friendly piece of fiber on a grumpy garden gnome!

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Image Credit: Yo! Hanna@flickr.com

YARN BOMBING ISN'T FOR EVERYONE ...

Are you afraid of hisses?

Are you afraid to be booed?

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Image Credit: http://glassoffashion.wordpress.com

"Heirloom" is knitting code for "This pattern is so difficult that you would consider death a relief.

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-- Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, "At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much" --

DO YOU HAVE A KNACK FOR KNITTING?

DO YOU HAVE A KNACK FOR KNITTING?
DO YOU HAVE A KNACK FOR KNITTING?

FEISTY FREELANCE KNITTERS UNITE!

Feisty freelance knitters unite...you have nothing to lose but a few balls of yarn, a couple of needles, and your sensible sanity!

Your amusing form of fun and frolic may frazzle a few fun-challenge folks, but the rest will surely chuckle, chortle, and chinwag about your wonderful woolen works of art that delightfully decorate France's Notre Dame Cathedral or San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.

And frankly, what's not to like about all those damn fine doilies that have finally found their rightful place adorning a half-naked hydro pole or the worn-out welcome sign at the city dump?

Isn't it about time do something ridiculously life-affirming for once in your life...that doesn't cause harm to the environment or damage someone's precious property? What's wrong with creating a crazy crochet piece that serves no useful purpose other than to provide a few laughs for some merry-minded mavens!

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Image Credit: Ann Johns Illustration@flickr.com

A SHORT STITCH & BITCH STORY

Sewing Susan realized that negative needlenosers just didn't tickle her fancy or her funnybone, which is why she decided to join the Yappy Yenta Yarnbombing Collective which was full of mirthful and marvellously meddlesome mavens just like her!

Knitting his brow he replied with a wink in his eye, "She's knotty by nature!"

"SHE HAD A YEN FOR YARN, 'CUZ KNITTING IS VERY KNOTTY..." (Image Credit: ondiraiduveau@flickr.com)

"SHE HAD A YEN FOR YARN, 'CUZ KNITTING IS VERY KNOTTY..." (Image Credit: ondiraiduveau@flickr.com)
"SHE HAD A YEN FOR YARN, 'CUZ KNITTING IS VERY KNOTTY..." (Image Credit: ondiraiduveau@flickr.com)

LET'S SOCK IT TO SANTA THIS YEAR! - Why not branch out and try a little Yuletide Yarn Bombing?

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Image Credit: colourbox.com/thumb_COLOURBOX2123405

Santa, are you sure I can't interest you in a little yarn bombing tonight? - Message endorsed by the Friends of Frisky Fun and Fibre!

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Image Credit: henkerterheid, illustrator

IT WAS THE KNIT BEFORE CHRISTMAS - A Yarn Worth Unravalling!

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Image Credit: vikkivansickle.wordpress.com shall-i-knit-cover

'TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY - Especially when it comes to wild and wooly affairs!

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Image Credit: Scottish Hookers by LV Biggs at baumsworld.com

Smarty-Pants Santa saw a lot of strange stuff - But didn't know how to get a pair of knitted knickers on those limbs.

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Image Credit: www.refresheverything.com 2010/08

YAKING ABOUT YARN

Do you want to bring a warm, fuzzy feeling to your neighborhood?

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MEMBERS OF THE 'GRAMPA GRAFFITI GANG' DOING THEIR DARN YARN THING (Image Credit: roctopus@flickr.com)

MEMBERS OF THE 'GRAMPA GRAFFITI GANG' DOING THEIR DARN YARN THING (Image Credit: roctopus@flickr.com)
MEMBERS OF THE 'GRAMPA GRAFFITI GANG' DOING THEIR DARN YARN THING (Image Credit: roctopus@flickr.com)

Having Fun With Fibre on a Ferrari

MEANWHILE BACK AT THE RANCH... - The Queen of Quilting had something else on her mind...

She had a funny feeling in the pit of her stomach that her yarn bombing was getting a little out of hand!

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Image Credit: snugglemuffin@flickr.com

THE KNIT TWITS BOOKSHELF - Fidget-Fingered Folks Love to Learn How to Knit

Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks
Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks

You'll definitely get your knickers in a knot with this one!

 
Things I Learned From Knitting: ...whether I wanted to or not
Things I Learned From Knitting: ...whether I wanted to or not

For those who've lacked the patience to knit a pair of knickers, and haven't a clue about how to "frog mohair" let alone how to kiss a toad!

 
Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter
Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter

The real question is...does she moonlight as a yarnbomber?

 
Knitting Patterns For Dummies
Knitting Patterns For Dummies

A helpful guide particularly if you want to decorate ugly lamp posts, utility poles or mail boxes.

 

CRAZY COMMENTS FROM CROCHET COMMANDOS WELCOME! - If you've got the knack for knitting, how have you contributed to enhancing the image of a grim-looking garden

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      MEDerby 5 years ago

      So cool. Must get my knitting needles out.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      So fun! I'm glad I stopped by to check out this lens...Still 54 minutes to go here at home for Int'l Yarnbombing Day.

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Now this is an intriguing way to use up yarn. Love the accent on the statues, adds a much needed bit of color! :> Your my pack rat choice!

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      Kathryn Wallace 5 years ago from Greenbank, WA, USA

      I knit three coffee cup sleeves while on a shopping trip to the mainland yesterday, one each for my partner and I, and one that will get slipped onto a coffee cup next time I'm in a coffee shop. Yarn bombing with an ecological twist.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Thank you for the creative entertainment. I like the bombed trees.

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      penguinavations 6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Allison Whitehead 7 years ago

      We could do with a few yarnbombers where I live. Far too many boring fences and railings around for my liking. Great lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Yarn wrap NON LIVING THINGS ONLY!

      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.

      PLEASE, Yarn wrap NON LIVING THINGS ONLY!

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      Very nice and funny lens!

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      The most "fun" lens I've read in quite some time! I especially love the "She'd rather dye than knit with unattractive yarn" bit. Makes me want to learn how to knit.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Silly & fun. I once saw a bunch of statues wIth knitted leg warmers. I wish I had a camera. It made me laugh out loud and several on the bus turned to see what I was laughing about. All of us were smiling from ear-to-ear.

      Hmmm...once winter comes perhaps I can trade gorilla gardening for gorilla fiber. Fiber is good for you!

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      NatureMaven 8 years ago

      I'm smiling from ear to ear. First I'm gonna give ya 5 *****, then I'm gonna lens roll ya to my Sheep and Wool page, then I'm gonna yarn bomb my keyboard and mouse LOL. Happy knitting!

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      purplelady 8 years ago

      I have no "knack for knitting", much to my Mother's chagrin. I did try it as a young girl with her, a great knitter, crocheter and embroidery artist, as my teacher. She gladly consented to my pleas to take tap dancing instead. We were both happier.

      But I have a dear friend who is begging me to take up knitting in my retirement. I don't know how to tell her that one does not change when they retire, they just become more of what they have been. Therefore, that would imply that if I were a bad knitter as a child, I would be equally bad as an adult--perhaps even worse.

      But I have promised her to think about it.

      Once again, you have captured my admiration of your creativity, humor and ability to come up with Squidoo subjects that will totally amaze people. 5 yarnbombs for you, plus a fave. Great job.