“Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.” Definition from Wikipedia
Yarn bombing is referred to by some as a RAK random act of kindness.
Part of the fun of yarn bombing is the feel good factor. Spotting a newly yarn bombed street crossing on your way to work in the morning or finding a previously bare tree, down main street, festooned with pompoms. The suddenness with which yarn bombs appear and often disappear is surprising and often magical. Part of the fun of yarn bombing is its gorilla nature. Trying to guess who might have knitted a yarn bomb and where they came from? Were they put there by yarn fairies with crochet hooks or maybe old ladies wearing woolen shawls and knitted balaclavas? Enjoy the magic!
Autumn in South Australia is here & it’s time to get my house & garden ready for winter, so of course I’m yarn bombing everything in sight, to give it a warm feeling.This tree is on my front fence line & was actually dead when I moved into my house. A lot of people told me to cut the tree down but I decided just to trim it back & plant my garden around it. I have yarn bombed one of the main branches with a cream coloured knit. I am planning to adorn the tree with more yarn bombing and some wind chimes over the next few months.
I have just purchased this stunning little Singer sewing machine. The machine is solid steel, works perfectly & was manufactured in Scotland in 1940. It is a hand crank machine, which makes it more than just an awesome piece of machinery, it makes it carbon neutral, as I won’t need to plug it in to do my sewing. The sewing machine is heavy duty & sews thick canvas, leather & denim. Forget the plastic machinery of today & rock out with an old fashioned singer! These models are still very popular in developing countries such as India, where electricity is not always available.
THESE SOUVENIR SPOONS WERE PAINTED WITH COLOURED NAIL POLISH. THE POLISH HELPS PROTECT THEM FROM THE WEATHER & ADDS SHINY COLOUR. THEY ARE STRUNG UP WITH FINGER KNITTING, BY MY FRONT DOOR & THEY MAKE PRETTY TINKLING SOUNDS WHEN THE BACK OF THE DOOR HITS THEM. I CHANGE THE YARN BOMBING AT THE FRONT OF MY HOUSE AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR. I LIKE TO STITCH UP KNITTING ONTO THE WOODEN POLES ON MY FRONT STOOP. I ALWAYS TAKE A LOT OF PHOTOS SO THAT IN YEARS TO COME I WILL HAVE A RECORD OF ALL OF THE DIFFERENT LOOKS THAT HAVE BRIGHTLY SCREAMED OUT FROM THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE.
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.
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.
THIS IS A TREE IN MY LOCAL SHOPPING DISTRICT, NEAR A GREAT CAFFE.
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.
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.
AS AN AVID YARN BOMBER AND CAT LOVER, I DECIDED IT WAS TIME TO COMMEMORATE MY LOVE OF KNITTING, FELINES & RENEGADE NANA CRAFT, WITH THE ABOVE TATTOO. I’VE BEEN KNITTING EVER SINCE I SAT BEHIND THE COUNTER OF MY MUMS CRAFT SHOP, AS A LITTLE GIRL. IN MY EARLY 30’S I DISCOVERED YARN BOMBING, THE PERFECT MIX OF TRADITIONAL CRAFT AND MODERN DAY STREET ART.