Learn More About Guerilla Knitting
They can work in groups or alone. The results of their labours can appear anywhere, in the most surprising of places. This is the world of Yarn Bombing and you need to know more.
It’s been going on for years, originating in the USA and spreading out across continents. Also known as guerilla knitting, Yarn Bombing is the act of leaving crocheted and knitted adornments in unusual places. They can appear on trees, statues, vehicles and buildings. Some knitted pieces have been huge, even covering shops and more.
People have witnessed bright, woollen socks, gloves and hats on statues, wrapped up trees and decorated railings. Even famous landmarks such as the Great Wall of China have been given a splash of knitted colour thanks to these fly-by-night crafters. They’re in and out quickly, leaving only their work with a tongue planted in cheek.
Not everyone appreciates the woollen adornments these knitters create. Instead of an off-the-cuff art form it has been compared to out and out vandalism. But is this fair? True, the practice is illegal in many places, and it is officially considered to be defacing public property.
While it’s true that landmarks and edifices of all kinds can be the victim of a Yarn Bomb hit – or ‘tagged’ – what actual damage has been done? The wool can be removed at any time (although that is a bit of a shame) and the original subject is completely undamaged.
How did Yarn Bombing start?
Yarn Bombing had a very humble beginning – in fact, it’s still a rather humble hobby now – as early groups started in places like malls and skate parks. Texas group Knitta Please was one of the first groups to get involved. Founder Magda Sayeg began as a way of brightening up the everyday environment of her town.
This sudden appearance of these vividly coloured woolly tags dotted around the place were a welcome sight for many. Often raising a big smile from passers by, or at times bemusement, these acts of guerilla knitting have been welcomed by many. Anyone who enjoys little tweaks to the mundane and everyday world around them find Yarn Bombing a good thing.
There are many other groups, or cells, of these urban knitters. While some use it as a way of brightening up the drabness of their landscape, others may do it for other forms of free expression, often with environmental leanings.
Despite the reasons for it, one thing is true – it does look pretty!
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