June 11 – International Yarn Bombing Day

If you have been on the fence about trying your hand/needles at yarn bombing, this is a perfect time to start.

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How to start? Its easy. Grab some knitting needles, or a crochet hook, and some yarn. Pick that old ball of acrylic that you just don’t want to use on anything, but can’t bear to just throw it out. Now, start knitting/crocheting. EASY.

You can start with a rectangle, say 3 inches wide and 12 inches long. Make it loosely, so it will stretch. You can use huge knitting needles and multiple balls of yarn if you want, so the knitting goes super fast.

Leave a long tail of yarn at the end, attach an upholstery needle, and you are set. Put your first yarn bomb in a bag, with a little pair of scissors/nail clippers, and head outside.

Wrap that beautiful piece of street art around a sign post, a bench, a bicycle rack, tree, anything you want. Stitch it in place with the yarn tail, clip the yarn, and you are done.

Take some pictures, and you have officially joined the fun, silly, exciting and extremely creative yarn bombing, knit graffiti world.

Go back later to see if you bomb is still there, and start planning your next one.

You can add a paper/cloth tag to it with your name, your website, a message if you like, or leave it anonymous… ITS ALL UP TO YOU.

Have fun, be daring, and think outside the box.

Finally, a sunny day for yarn bombing

I had these two little yarn bombs in my bag of goodies for weeks. Finally, today was the day they were released. The purple and yellow one looks ‘Easterly’ to me, and the green one, knit by my daughter, is so ‘Springy’. I sewed them on to the fence at the church and the bus bench today at noon. We are getting braver, releasing our soft graffiti in broad daylight! Have a look and see for yourself.

knit graffiti

Easter Knit Graffiti


sewing on some knit graffiti

Sewing on the knit bomb


Green Knit Graffiti

Green Soft knit graffiti


Soft and colourful on the rusty railing

Easter Egg Yarn Bomb

We also had a look around and saw all the knit bombs we placed in February are still in place. They are starting to get saggy, but, I guess that is understandable, they have been snowed on over and over in the last couple of months. I wonder how long they will last?

The flowers on the vine are still wrapped around the iron railing in front of the church. I hope it makes someone smile when they see it.

Now, back to the needles. Green yarn everywhere. Stay tuned for something GREEN. Really, really green.

Yarn Bomb in Calgary

I just had to share this site! (and I am quickly heading out the door to go see them in person)

Congrats to the Calgary ArtBomber, the yarnbomb caps look great.

We have been waiting for the snow to stop so the caps could be put out… but, really, they are warm little hats, I think they would have been fine with the snow.. LOL… of course, this is Calgary, so it might still snow again. uggg.

Calgary Traffic Barrier Yarn Bomb

I made a few of those caps, and it is so cool to see the variety of the submissions. So much creativity! I wonder what kind of reactions they are getting on the street.

… here’s a pic to get you excited:

Word Spy definition of Yarn Bombing

Just to be sure of what we are doing, I checked the definition of yarn bombing:

n. The surreptitious or unauthorized placement of knitted objects on statues, posts, and other public structures.
yarn bomb v.
yarn bomber n.

Yarn bombing on the way to Prince’s Island

Pictures from last nights mischief.    Thankfully my daughter, with  Peacebone Photography is quick with her camera.   We were trying to be  ‘sneaky’, and it was getting  dark.

We released  4  yarn bombs,  two on  bench  armrests,  one on a  windmill, and  one on a bridge/fence.  Maybe  you will see them next time you are  on you way to  Prince’s Island.

 

Yarn bombing the cow bench

Yarn bombing the cow bench
The Cow Bench Cozy

The Cow Bench Cozy

 

It looks like the cows are having a close look at the ‘arm band’.

Tiny Tag on a hotel bench

Tiny Tag on a hotel bench

We had to be quick with this pretty little  piece of  yarn graffiti.  This bench is right in front of a busy hotel.  There were people coming and going,   but  no one seemed to give us much notice.

Red knitting on the  Windmill

Red knitting on the Windmill

Soft and Pink on Cold Hard Steel

Soft and Pink on Cold Hard Steel

Giraffe and Dinosaur Graffiti?

Giraffe cozy

Dinosaur cozy

I would love to see these in person,  but that would involve a fast trip to Amsterdam.  (sounds like fun, doesn’t it?)

Clicking on the pictures takes you to the  Amsterdam Zoo website,  and you can read all about it.

 

Lemurs & yarn! (via sakurasnow)

I saw this blog post by  sakurasnow to a yarn bombing at the Amsterdam Zoo and had to share it with you.
(I think the picture of the Giraffe statue is the best of all!)

Lemurs & yarn! In need of a little head-clearing R&R (away from work demands & deadlines), I popped out to visit my delightful neighbours… … and found Artis has been well and truly yarn-bombed! If you’re in Amsterdam and fancy a bit of yarn and lemur action (and, frankly, who wouldn’t) the knitting remains in place at Artis until 16 March. … Read More

via sakurasnow

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