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.
I think I need to get out more as of up until last Saturday I’d never even heard of it!
We were having a stroll around town before heading off home when we turned a corner and entered a small alley way. I was so excited! Everyehere i turned there was gob smacking creations!
I wish I could take you there, but I’m afraid you’ll have to make do with photos, sorry!
It really was amazing!
Stumbling across this alley gave a holiday our lovely happy ending.
Have you heard of yarn bombing? Can you share any links to any other places that have been yarn bombed?!
Lovely! I first heard of yarn bombing when ‘a mystery knitter’ decorated Saltburn Pier in Teeside with Olympic themed knitting in 2012.
I’ve a friend who lives in Saltburn, I wonder if she’s got any photos?! 😃
Here’s a link http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/9128385/London-2012-mystery-knitter-leaves-Olympics-themed-knitted-figures-on-pier.html?frame=2161013
Wow! Thats ace! I really have been living in the dark ages! 😃
This looks amazing! Did you get chance to join it at all?
No 😟 I didn’t see it till an hour or so before we headed home. If I’d have known I would have out a little crocheted flower somewhere as digit my stuff with me on holiday.
Amazing! Never heard of it. The bicycle is great.
Glad it wasn’t just me who been kept in the dark 😃
Brilliant! When we went to Yarndale in Skipton last year there were yarn-bombings everywhere. See my post here: – http://sewchet.com/2014/09/30/yarndale-and-a-chat-with-lucy/
I remember reading it now (dreadful memory!) and have read it again, thanks for the link! Are you going again this year?
I don’t think so as the girls I went with last time can’t make it and it’s a long lonely journey on my own. Although three evenings sat on my own in a B&B crocheting does sound rather appealing….
That’s a shame, it would be proper relaxing 3 nights just crocheting! Bliss! 😃
I’m disappointed, it has to be said, as it was brilliant last year. We did a few of the workshops and literally spent two days from opening ’til closing browsing, chatting with the stallholders and buying LOTS of stuff. The perfect girlie break really:)
Don’t know if we have anything like it over here….but I’ll look it up. Tialys, was that a wheelchair athlete in the link? (Made me a little misty) And Yarndale? That was amazing.
Ali, my favorite, if there can really be just one, are those piano keys and scale. Such talent!
Yes Jen- how great was that?
I love it too! 🙂
I’ve seen yarn bombing before too, and it’s like opening up a present, it just feels so exciting and brightens up the street. 😀 These are super cool pics, thanks for sharing!!
You’re welcome Abigail! It was exciting when I just stumbled across this little street! Thank goodness for camera phones!
We get the occasional outbreak here in Bewdley where I live I did a post a while back. Here is the link https://themateriallady.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/bewdley-has-been-yarn-bombed/
Brilliant! Isn’t it fab to find something so cheery when you’re least expecting it!
It certainly is.
Amazing photos! We had a local activist group in Streatham, South London – The Ninja Knitters. They’ve got a video on youtube of them yarnbombing our local underpass/dogsh*t alley. It cracks me up every time I watch it… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZK5P_aoBgg
Ace!! Thanks for the link, they’re a fab bunch a crazy ladies! 🙂
Not sure when I first heard of yarn bombing. A friend of mine bombs the statues in their village every year. I did google but couldn’t find any references to it. Love the swimmers on Tialys link above!
Sorry, also meant to say your pics are fab, but got so side tracked looking at that Olympics knitting book I forgot about the post!
Haha, easily done!
Oh wow! I like the rainbow 🙂
Bet your girls would love it in their bedroom!
Oh that’s excellent, I’m a big fun of yarnbombing, would like to actually do it once. I found some when I was on Luxembourg, a couple of years ago, a couple of pics at the bottom (https://delightfullypeculiar.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/fashion-abroad-window-shopping-in-luxembourg-france-again/) and then in Moscow, but I never blogged about that! It’s the most colourful, happy and peaceful activism ever.
Cool! Bikes seem to be the in thing to yarn bomb, I could do with some on my seat to make it more padded! 😉
I’ve heard the phrase yarn bombing but wasn,’t sure what it meant. It looks fantastic very creative the bike is amazing.
It’s fab isn’t it! Must take some planning to pull off something like this.
Yes, have read & seen it on the web – your alley is yarn-tastic!
Thanks Del!! On a totally different note, have you heard of oxo cubes?? 🙂
For making soup stock? As in just dissolve in a cuppa hot water? If that’s what you mean yes.
My sister in law over your way says things like that are expensive compared to here 😀
Hm. Wouldn’t know your pricing, as I suspect it would depend on location & store brand there, as it does here.
Also, her location over here would make a difference as cost-of-living (COL) changes across regions & even within.
For example, Northern Virginia (VA) is at the top of COL because it’s so close to DC.
But western & southern VA (toward the North Carolina border) have a lower COL.
If she’s near a Trader Joe’s, they have less expensive products, but she should read ingredients carefully wherever she shops! Manufacturers are very sneaky about substituting water or cheaper “flavouring” for the real thing!
Sorry about the dissertation!
Wow! There’s some yarnbombing now and then in Stockholm, but usually just a few small pieces here and there looking a bit sad. I was never a big fan. But his is FANTASTIC! I totally understand that it shouldn’t be done by one or two people, it takes a massive group effort to make it this beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
A coincidence: my cousin just went back home after visiting for 10 days. Back to Taunton, that is! What’s the name of the street? I might send him there to have a look. 🙂
Gosh! That is a coincidence! It’s bath place – a narrow street more like an alley way and is in the centre just s few shops down from boots chemist 😃
Fab photos, particularly liking the musical notes. I saw some when we visited Cardiff last October, it’s a really fun idea 🙂
It’s great, and I’m loving looking at the links from everyone 🙂
These are spectacular. I first heard of yarn bombing in 2011. I have done a few posts about it and even done a couple of tiny ones myself!
Liverpool has had some amazing ones thanks to the Merseyside Yarnstormers!
Brilliant – thanks for the link – love your first yarn bomb! 🙂
Oh thank you so much!! I hope to do it again soon, it’s been ages 🙂
Who knew? There is an International Yarn Bomb Day! And I found this article on a Brooklyn artist and his yarn work in the wilderness. Fascinating!
Hope the link works? It’s Newsweek, The Art of the Yarn Bomb Outdoors March 8, 2015.
The link works, thankyou! How cool are those photos – very professional looking yarn bombing!
Beautiful! In Richland, WA, (one town over from mine), they organized a tree yarnbombing in the park last fall. Individuals and groups signed up and were assigned a tree, then people voted on the best ones. So fun!
Cool! I can’t believe I’d not come across it before in real life – it’s everywhere! I hope they do it near me in the future!