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YARN BOMB PHOTOGRAPHY

I’ve recently welcomed some new followers to my blog and as a welcome I thought it might be fun to post 20 colourful yarn bomb photographs. Each photograph illustrates a different interesting yarn bomb or yarn bombing technique that I have photographed over the past 2 years. Part of the satisfaction of yarn bombing is knitting, crocheting and the act of yarn bombing with friends. The 2nd satisfying part of yarn bombing for me is photographing colourful yarn bomb objects, including trees, grape vines, park benches, bicycles and more.

yarn bombingyarn bomb babushkaspoon windchimesSONY DSCyarn bombing toysSONY DSCyarn bomb chubby trikeyarn bombed rocking chairrainbow yarn bombed treeSONY DSCYARN BOMB TRIKESONY DSCknit for peaceyarn bombing barsSONY DSCyarn bomb bookshelfyarn bomb bookSONY DSCcrochet yarn bomb bananaSONY DSCMy friend Sarah-Jane Cooke http://roustaboutart.wordpress.com has been involved in many of these great yarn bombs and we have been working together yarn bombing for about 2 years. We became friends around 8 years ago when we ran a market stall together selling our hand crafted gifts and toys. Crafting and yarn bombing are fun and a great way to make friends. Also check out my yarn bombing book https://yarn-bombing.com/yarn-bombing-books/

RENEGADE KNITTING, YARN BOMBING, STREET CRAFT & COLOUR

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I BOUGHT THE LITTLE SCOOTER FROM A LITTLE CHARITY SHOP BEHIND A CHURCH. THE LITTLE OLD MAN BEHIND THE COUNTER ASKED ME IF I WAS BUYING IT FOR MY DAUGHTER, WHEN I TOLD HIM THAT I DON’T HAVE KIDS & I WAS PLANNING TO YARN BOMB IT, HE JUST LOOKED AT ME BLANKLY & ASKED MY DAUGHTERS NAME. I DIDN’T WANT TO DISAPPOINT HIM SO I TOLD HIM THAT HER NAME IS TABITHA & THAT THE SCOOTER IS HER CHRISTMAS PRESENT.  HE SEEMED AWFULLY HAPPY, SO I GUESS I SAID THE RIGHT THING.

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I THINK THE LITTLE TRIKE BIKE WAS MY NEIGHBOURS CHRISTMAS PRESENT A FEW YEARS AGO, BECAUSE I FOUND IT BROKEN & FILTHY LYING IN A HEAP OF HARD RUBBISH ON THE FOOTPATH OUTSIDE OF THEIR HOUSE. I RESCUED THE BIKE FROM THE TRASH HEAP, STUCK THE BROKEN HANDLE BARS BACK ON & YARN BOMBED IT, WITH FLOURO KNITTING.

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THIS IS A TREE IN MY LOCAL SHOPPING DISTRICT, NEAR A GREAT CAFFE.

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ABOVE IS THE BUSH GATE AT MY MOTHERS HOUSE IN TASMANIA, I GOT BORED ONE DAY WHEN I WAS VISITING & DECIDED TO KNIT A BIT OF BLING FOR THE GATE.

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I LOVE THESE LITTLE TREE’S IN MY MUM’S FRONT PADDOCK ON BRUNY ISLAND IN TASMANIA. I’VE YARN BOMBED IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA & TASMANIA & NEXT I’D LOVE TO DO SOME YARN BOMBING OVERSEAS.

YARN BOMBING RETROSPECTIVE

I’ve been posting pictures and sharing tales of yarn bombing on this blog for nearly 2 years now. During the last 3 years I have been involved in a series of community yarn bombing projects and I have published a short ebook on the subject. Today I would like to give a brief refresher course on what yarn bombing is and how it has changed over the past few years.
yarn bombing treesYarn bombing also known as knit graffiti is a form of anarchic craft that melds traditional knitting & crochet skills with street art. Yarn bombing is the art of adorning inanimate & often pedestrian objects in colourful knitting or crochet. Poles, lamp posts, street signs & tree’s are often wrapped in lengths of knitted wool or acrylic yarn.

SONY DSCYarn bombing has become a strong craft movement across the world. Once upon a time yarn bombing was an obscure art form, that began with a single shop door handle in Canada being covered in knitting, to keep customers hands from getting cold when opening the door.

SONY DSCNow there is an annual world yarn bombing day, there are books and knitting and crochet patterns on the subject. Yarn bombers are from all walks of life and come in all ages, sizes and genders, they share a love of knitting and crochet and a sense of fun. Yarn bombers will tackle just about anything from chain link fences, to bike racks, tree’s and even vehicles such as city buses, cars and even the odd army tank.

rainbow yarn bombed treeRecently a yarn bombed forest was featured in a television commercial for a big name, international chain of stores. When I first began yarn bombing it was a little more obscure and generally involved my friends and I covering tree’s in our front yards or getting together to cover an old bike.

yarn bomb bike classicYarn bombing bicycles is a creative niche that has sparked the imagination of many crafters. Each year there is an entire street art exhibition dedicated to yarn bombed bikes in Adelaide South Australia. Which was designed to promote bicycling as a smart alternative to driving around the city.

yarn bombed park benchAnything that can be wrapped in yarn is fair game to a yarn bomber. Picnic benches, chairs, toys, picket fences & traffic crossings are just a few examples of everyday objects that can & have been warmed up with crochet granny squares & knitted scarves.

yarn bombed tree baggyYarn bombing is not only surprising & beautiful to look at but it is also tactile & people seem to want to stop & touch it when they see it in the street.

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yarn bomb rockerSONY DSCSee you all next week when I will be posting pictures of my latest yarn bombing projects. In the meantime I will keep my needles clicking and my mind open to new yarntastic ideas.

YARN MASH UP CRAFT & PHOTOGRAPHY

YARN BOMB TRIKE

THESE YARN BOMB TRIKES ARE COVERED IN KNITTING. THE HUBCAPS ARE CROCHET CIRCLES.

YARN BOMB TOY

THIS TOY PISTOL IS COVERED IN A MASH UP OF CROCHET AND KNITTING.

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A VERY VERY VERY LONG SCARF.

YARN BOMB HORSE

YARN BOMBING THE ROCKING HORSE, ROCKS.

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THESE GIANT CROCHET SQUARES ARE MADE FROM COLOURED ROPE, FROM THE LOCAL HARDWARE STORE. MY FRIEND NUNYA MADE THEM FOR A CRAFT EXHIBITION. THEY WOULD MAKE CUTE FLOOR RUGS.

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YARN CRAFT and PHOTOGRAPHY

This yarn bombed rocking horse has been getting around town. The horse was spotted rocking out over the queens birthday long weekend at Jackalope gallery in Port Adelaide.

These window boxes out the front of Jackalope have been beautifully yarn bombed.

Random acts of yarn bombing just keep on happening on Lipson st Port Adelaide.

I think this knit bomb bike overstayed it’s 2 hour parking limit.

Lipson st is clean and warm thanks to a group of mystery craft enthusiasts, knitters and crochet street artists.

The corner pub has even caught the knitting bug.

And local shoppers just can’t get enough of this yarn bombing craze. People have been flocking to Port Adelaide to check out the knitted world of the port.

Photography is a popular pastime around Port Adelaide and no wonder when there are so many bright and wonderful things to point a camera at.

YARN BOMBING OUR PORT

The colourful yarn bombing of Port Adelaide has had such a great reaction that the yarn fairies have resumed knitting in a bid to warm the Port for the winter months.

The bike racks in Lipson st look like rainbows.

Lipson st in Port Adelaide is the place to go to see colourful yarn bombing, have a cup of tea and even visit the maritime museum.

There’s so much yarn bombing going up in Lipson st that I’m half expecting to find a knitted blanket covering the entire st next time I visit.

Jane Lane is no sleepy little lane! Check out the Yarn Bombing!

The fluffy bike rack outside of the Port Adelaide visitors centre is practical and soft to the touch.

Art and craft is alive in Port Adelaide.

Active Art studios on Vincent st have even yarn bombed their window http://www.activeartstudios.com.au/

Even our local MP has been yarn bombed.

If you like photography head on down to the port and take a few photographs of the yarn bombing and keep an eye on this space for more yarn bomb updates.

YARN BOMB BIKE SPOTTED IN TREE

The craft of yarn bombing can take you on interesting journeys.

This yarn bombed bike has appeared in this blog before, but last time we saw it the wheels were on the ground. After this bike had a rocky life in a street art exhibition, survived stolen & returned wheels & stormy weather it has finally found a home in a palm tree. Below is a flashback of pictures from the past life of this plucky little yarn bombed bike.

When the bike was freshly yarn bombed and the yarn was bright & new.

Spotted on display on the caffe strip on Rundle st Adelaide South Australia.

After the wheels were stolen this impassioned message was left with the bike & as a result the wheels were returned although they were quite shabby. The palm tree that suspends this bike is going to be completely covered with yarn bombing so keep your eyes on this space for more photos in the future.

This bike was yarn bombed by my mates at craft club, Sarah-Jane cook, Nunya glazbrook, Branwen Davies, Maureen Cook, Melissa Waters & Me Ilianthe Kalloniatis. Special thanks goes to Nunyas mum for suggesting the wheel spoke design, which was inspired by the bike decorating competition at the Minlaton show when she was a kid.