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Yarn Bombing – Knitting’s Answer to Graffiti

Street art is a colourful, intriguing form of creativity, which employs any number of techniques in its creation. One of the newest and possibly strangest forms of this art is yarn bombing – so what is this interestingly titled street art? Yarn bombing involves the creation of yarn items that cover public objects in full view of the public. The artist creates a cover from yarn for an object from the likes of Noro yarn, or Rico Can Can, which is then placed over the street object. It’s also known as yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, or graffiti knitting and has become increasingly common in the last couple of years across the UK. Origins Initially, yarn bombing began as early as May 2004 in the Netherlands, where it’s first known practice was in Den Helder. It appears to have spread to the USA around one year later where it was used in Texas. Knitters in the Lone Star State began to knit yarn bombs from different pieces of unfinished knitting projects they’d taken up, but failed to finish. Origingally, lady called Magda Sayeg from Houston is said to have begun the idea of covering her boutique door handle with a custom-made cosy. From here the idea spread worldwide and can be seen in every major city worldwide at some stage or another. There is now even an International Yarnbombing Day, held on the 11 June. The idea of yarnbombing is also said to have changed young people’s perception of knitting, and those involved are not seen as criminals. Unlike with graffiti art, where artists are seen as criminals, yarnbombers are...