This post, just as an FYI, was inspired by this video that my BFF/Poncho Piñata/ knitting buddy Amanda posted to my Facebook a few days ago.
And now, in no particular order, 10 of my favorite yarn bombs!
This is in Yarra City, Australia. If there is such a thing as a "traditional" yarn bomb, this would be it. It's yarn wrapped around a cylindrical object, in this case a tree.
I think the beer was added post-yarn bomb, but few things are cooler than a yarn AND beer bomb.
From Yarn Corner on Facebook.
Welcome to Atlanta, where yarn bombs are scarce, but they're slowly catching on. This mailbox in Freedom Park was bombed in 2011 as part of National Yarn Bomb Day, aka June 11.
The Creative Loafing story about this makes a good point — at least, back in 2011, fiber arts are still kind of nonexistent in the ATL. Here's to hoping they become more prolific. Also here's to hoping I can get a knitting job and open Atlanta's first and best yarn store.
Get it? Like the awesome band Fountains of Wayne from back in the day that everyone knew because they sang "Stacey's Mom?"
Anyway. So, this was in New York literally FOUR DAYS after I was there for a wedding. Talk about supremely saddened. VOGUE Knitting was part of a huge worldwide wool festival in NYC and this fountain, and pink sheep, yarn bomb were part of it. Pretty sure they got permission from the gov'nuh to yarn bomb this one though.
I kind of love it. The textures of yarn used even play on the foam of waves!
I don't know if this should actually count as a yarn bomb, seeing as how it's a knitted fruit basket decoration for the porch of a yarn store, and not some random piece of cityscape covered in fiber.
In my grandmother's words, this is the best kind of plant, because no matter how often you forget to water it or throw fertilizer at it, it will never, ever die. It's an adorable way to welcome people into The Wool Bar in the UK (reason No. 1,475 I need to go back to England).
Plus, it's one of the most practical impractical things to knit that I've seen.
How I celebrate the Year of the Snake? Turning 24. How Liverpool Happy Hookers Crochet Group celebrates the Year of the Snake?
By making these.
Fibery reptilian friends wrapped around boring old British city posts.
COME ON AMERICA. PLEASE BECOME THIS COOL.
Dammit England. Way cooler than America at fiber artistry and yarn boming-ery.
This is a squid. Wrapped around a telephone booth. You know, one of those really awesome telephone booths that when you go to England you're challenged to try and fit however many people in.
Clearly the next time I visit I need to be more like Deadly Knitshade, the Instagram account that posted and presumably knitted the squid (which also appears on various other British cultural icons).
One of my favorites.
The New York Times reported on yarn bombing in this story back in 2011.
This is the Wall Street bull. He's kind of famous, but I think more people know him now because he was featured in NYT covered in this slightly heinous neon pink, purple, teal and black camouflage yarn ... sweater.
That yarn really is terrifying.
Yarnitic's photostream on Flickr features numerous subtle yarn bombings: little jewelry embellishments on famous statues.
I love it. It's just enough to say, "Haha bitches, y'all been PUNK'D" without actually saying it. And also government officials who are charged with having to remove graffiti (whether spray painted or yarn covered) from city streets, buildings, art installations, etc. will be much less likely to catch something like this when they are faced with buses covered in sweaters.
A normal passerby might think this to be just regular old police tape.
LIES. It's a yarn bomb! Pretty original.
From Bad Ass Knitta.
Great job, trailerfullofpix: