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Yarnbombing and other Urban Oddities

Updated on January 11, 2015
Intro image is Eingestrickter Baum in der Nahe von Od in Schweden Creative Commons, 18 September 2011 by
Intro image is Eingestrickter Baum in der Nahe von Od in Schweden Creative Commons, 18 September 2011 by | Source

Crazy for Knitting

I was intrigued when I heard that Hull based knitting group Knitwits had just decorated a phone box for Red Nose Day. They knitted a giant cover for it. Do you enjoy knitting? You may enjoy making sweaters and scarves but this is altogether more ambitious.Ever heard of Yarnbombing? Knitta? Guerrilla knitting? It has been a trend for some time now. Recently the news has been full of about trees and lamposts wearing colorful striped sweaters, but yarnbombing (or knitta) has actually been around for some time.

Here I share a few stories and links about yarnbombing and other urban oddities. This is meant to be a fun lens, it is a bright and cheerful subject - BUT please remember guerrilla knitting can be illegal when applied to public property. If you must "yarnbomb" please do it in your own yard to avoid upsetting the authorities or those of a sensitive disposition with allergies to wool!

For my part I am off to the yarn shop so I can knit or crochet my way down the street.... Knit one, purl one psso.....

Knitting with my Nanna

...and my Auntie Nellie.

In recent years I have not knitted much. I used to be able to knit freestyle, Arran style and Fair Isle and produce some credible results. However, I was always a slow knitter. I was taught knitting by by mum who is left handed and my Nanna who was right handed. I myself (like all good guitarists) am pretty well ambidextrous and it was Auntie Nellie (Nanna's older sister) who commented with some amusement that I knitted left handed with a right handed grip!

I watched my orthodox knitting buddies with a fair degree of envy, but never could quite hold the needles the way they did or knit so quickly. Nevertheless, my tension was immaculate!

Urban Art and Graffiti - Eyesore or Eyeopener?

Do you enjoy Urban Art and Graffiti, or do you disapprove of it?

Yarnbomb - getting started - How To Knit

Whether you wish to yarnbomb or create nice fluffy socks for winter, here is a great place to start!

More Urban Street Clothes? The Telegraph Poles Wearing Neckties

Ainsworth Hot Springs and its Little Secret

In the Kootenay Wilderness in British Columbia, between Balfour and Kaslo, you will find the tiny village of Ainsworth Hot Springs. One claim to fame is the tiny horseshoe shaped lake in a cave that gives the village is name and reason for being. The other is the festive streamers on Highway 31. These streamers are in fact men's neckties decorating the telegraph poles!

Some claim they were hung up as a tribute to John Lennon's last album, others say they were the fruits of the BC Hydro Ugly Tie Auction and hung up to direct people to a retirement party. They stretched all the way to Toad Rock at one time, but many of the original ties have gone and graduate students replace them each year by stealing Dad's ugliest tie.

Sounds like a worthy piece of urban graffiti to me! Now if all the ties were only knitted

DIY Yarnbombing - Knit Graffiti and Other Crafty Acts.....

Here you see the book featured in the Telegraph article. The book tells you all about this latest form of urban graffiti.

Yarnbombed Kitty Statue
Yarnbombed Kitty Statue

My Own Yarnbomb....

The Well Dressed Black China Cat

This is the nearest I got to yarnbombing .... I actually knitted a sweater for a cat who was poorly and yarnbombed a large black china cat statue to take a picture for Mommy....

What Have The Nannas Been Doing?

Your Knitting Starts Here - Essentials for Knitting and Knitta

Whether you need wool, needles or knowhow, you can start here....

If you have been moved to laughter or to tears by your yarn adventures, please share them here!

Are You A Knitter, a Knitta..... - Or simply a Knit like me....

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had never heard of Yarnbombing until I visited this page.

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      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      Yarnbombing is awesome! I wish someone would yarnbomb my yard :)

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      I am a knitter but I have not heard of yarnbombing until now. Great fun knitting art! Love your black china cat yarnbobbing. And, I couldn't resist checking all the yarnbombing links with photos on your Twitter feed. Great stuff!

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      I love yarnbombing. I don't knit but my daughter does, and I told her she should try it.

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

      MUST DO THIS! What a cool event. I have the perfect palm tree in front of my apartment in need of a little dressing...

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I remember the first time I saw a picture of a place that had been 'yarnbombed'. At first, I didn't know what I was looking at... LOL. Yarn graffiti (with permission, of course), could be a lot of fun. I just saw an interesting commercial on local TV -- I THINK it was for the Georgia Power Company -- and it talked about warming your home with natural gas. As the camera panned throughout the house, showing floors, faucets, teapots, etc., all objects were instantly wrapped in yarn. It was a most effective commercial and a delight to watch. I hope to see it again sometime so I can remember the rest of the details. :). This is a fun page.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yarnbombing - Haven't heard about it till now, interesting to watch.

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      thumbs up from me cool lens...RWJR

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      Pat Moire 6 years ago from West Village, New York City

      Is that what it's called! There's always some great examples in the city. It's nice around trees too.

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      roadroamer 8 years ago

      Yarnbombing? I've never heard of it, but why not? I'm going to have to look out for this the next time I'm on the road. Nice work!

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      olivertadpole 8 years ago

      LOL... Graffiti knitted by nannas! I like it! :)