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 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.
Yarn 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.
Now 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.
Recently 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 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.
Anything 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.
knit bombing and crochet yarn bombing are craft sensations this season.
I knit to relax and since I already have too many scarves and plenty of blankets I started using my knits to yarn bomb poles and tree’s out front of my house and in my local area.When I’m not knitting in front of the telly or out yarn bombing harmless light poles I make shoes.I hand stitched this pair. The laces are made from grosgrain ribbon & I made little bluebird shoelace hangers for them.I’m very inspired by retro designs so I hand stitched these little toe tappers in paisley.Junk shopping is a pass time of mine & the funny little objects that I find inspire me. I love the kitsch elegance of this swan. I also love the retro feel of polaroid photography.
I enjoy taking close up photographs of the lovely stitches and weaves in these pieces.There is something about a colourful yarn bomb that makes me feel like I have entered a children’s picture book like a dr seuss maybe.The little attentions to detail on these poles are lovely with pompoms and streamers.The chunky hand stitching adds to the effect.
I have noticed that people love to stop and touch the yarn bombs because they are very tactile.
You can yarn bomb with crochet with knitting, old blankets or jumpers. As long as it’s colourful and fun and done with care yarn bombing will spice up and warm up any neighbourhood.It doesn’t have to cost a lot to knit a tree warmer if you use vintage wool from the thrift store or even an old unpicked jumper.Is this tree up for lease? I’ll take it.Anybody can take a crack at yarn bombing including girls & boys, kids & grownups alike.It’s fun to knit craft & sew & it’s always nice to snap a colourful photograph when it’s done.
People from all walks of life are coming together in a bid to yarn bomb Port Adelaide. Local businesses are getting involved and local government is showing support for the growing trend.Some of the yarn bombers are keeping their identities close to their chests while others are tagging their work.
The yarn bombing began at the start of winter and is an ongoing project. People from all areas of the community are getting involved and enthusiasm is still running strong.Those who don’t know how to knit or crochet are getting involved by stitching old jumpers scarves and hand made pompoms to buildings, poles and lamp posts.Yarn bombing is a friendly form of street art that has proved popular within the local community and with tourists who love to photograph the work.
The most exciting part about the mass yarn bombing of Port Adelaide is that the community loves it so much that people just keep adding to it. Random poles and Tree’s are being covered in knitting and crochet when one least expects it.
Even the local council seems to like the yarn bombing as they have opted to leave it intact.The local workers memorial statue has been wearing a knitted scarf and hat for several months now and no amount of wind or rain has damaged her yarn garments.
I found this wooden toy horse at my local vinnies thrift store & I decided to yarn bomb it.
I love my local vinnies thrift store and this yarn bombed pole.I found this pre-loved hand knitted toy at vinnies for half price. I thought the care that must have been taken in knitting this toy deserved to be seen by more people, so I took a few polaroids of it to share.I found this little needlepoint in a kit at a market bazaar when I was on a visit to Tasmania and I stitched it up while I was on my holiday.