Yarn Bomb

I saw this bike in the front of a knitting shop in Taos. New Mexico.

bike

It reminded me of “yarn bombing” or “rogue knitting”, although I am sure this was done as a cool display for the store selling fibers.

Yarn bombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fiber rather than paint or chalk.  The practice is believed to have originated in the U.S. with Texas knitters trying to find a creative way to use their leftover and unfinished knitting projects, but it has since spread worldwide!  Yarn bombing was initially almost exclusively about reclaiming and personalizing sterile or cold public places, but has since developed with groups  that have their own agendas.

Here are a few fun sites that have photos of yarn bombing:

Yarn bombed trees in Australia

Another take on yarn bombing in Melbourne (I guess it’s popular there!)

A dinosaur that was “kniffitied” at a zoo…

These yarn bombs will blow you away; city buses to trains to trees and beyond.

Has YOUR city been yarn bombed?  What have YOU seen?

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