The Yarn Bombing Phenomenon

Posted: August 22nd, 2013 | No Comments »

Yarn BombingIn our last post, we talked about Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Bridge being covered in yarn. The largest “yarn bomb” in the country, the phenomenon and culture of yarn bombing can be seen on a worldwide scale.

Yarn bombing also referred to as yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, urban knitting and graffiti knitting, is a form of street art using knitted and crocheted yarn and fiber to celebrate an area. Unlike graffiti, yarn bombing does not damage any of the structures, is temporary and easy to remove.

As seen in the yarning of the Andy Warhol Bridge, yarn bombing is all about community and bringing fun and bright colors to an area, as opposed to graffiti which is seen as a detriment (rightfully so) to a community and area.

For knitters and crocheters, this has to be exciting to see around the world. While it has become more popular recently, the first documented yarn bomb creation was nearly ten years ago in May of 2004 in Den Helder, Netherlands. Throughout the past decade, yarn bombing has been seen all over the world in many cities including Copenhagen, Denmark; Mexico City, Mexico; Bali, Indonesia; Vancouver, Canada; and Pairs, France to name a few. From covering trees, to parking meters, benches, statues, stairs and busses, knitting is no longer just for your grandmother!

While many of us may use our knitting and crocheting skills to create blankets, sweaters, scarfs and other knitted designs, to think about this on such a large scale is thrilling. Maybe it’s time Northern Threads starts to think about doing some yarn bombing here in Fairbanks, Alaska. A great way to practice and perfect knitting and crocheting techniques while having a blast, I’m sure we could find the perfect place to spread the joy and magnificence of some yarn graffiti!

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Written by Marie Noah


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