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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.

yarn bombing tree park

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.

YARN BOMB MASH UP

A VERY VERY VERY LONG SCARF.

YARN BOMB HORSE

YARN BOMBING THE ROCKING HORSE, ROCKS.

rope crochet square 1

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.

rope crochet square 2

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.