Yarnbombing

Seems like all I want to do lately is read books and write – I’m still in the middle of “On the Road,” by Jack Kerouac, as well as a book of letters between Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg (I’ve changed my old rule of one book at a time to one fiction and one non-fiction book at a time).  I am at the point in both books where I’m not quite at the engrossed stage, mostly because other things have been on my mind.  One result of reading more is that I have less time for knitting.  However, recently I learned of a phenomenon that may get me back into yarn and needles; it has been occurring in Europe, Canada and the United States, most recently at Cal State Long Beach.

Here’s what happened at CSULB in the last two weeks:

Yarnbombing; I believe it’s also called graffiti knitting. I understand it as knitting in the urban landscape, either knitting directly onto the item or knitting something and finishing it on the piece.  Here are more photos of yarnbombing (and how spectacular is that bus?) The crocheted water tower cozy was designed by New York artist Robyn Love:

This discovery has made me giddy, I will confess to you. The combination of a passion for knitting with the potential for doing something that beautifies the environment, and confounds law enforcement, makes me happy in a way that few other things do these days.  I am on the lookout for yarnbombing gangs in the Lakewood/Long Beach area (I hope there’s no initiation, like being able to knit something directly onto another member against their will, because I’m liable to crack under the pressure).  If you want to see other small and large fiber art additions to the landscape, take a look at  Yarnbombing; lots of photos and resources for textile freaks who want to take their art up a notch.  For my knit and crocheted friends, we could start our own yarnbombing group….sssh, it’s a secret (oh, wait…)!

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2 thoughts on “Yarnbombing

  1. Kim says:

    Hello!

    I’m currently a student at CSULB and I’m working on a story about yarn bombing for one of my journalism classes! I wanted to see if I could talk to you about your experience with this street art movement. Have you become a yarn bomber yourself??

    Thanks,

    KR

    • californiabean says:

      Hi Kim!

      Thank you for asking me, and for reading my post on yarn bombing; I don’t have any experience yet, but I’m hoping to be able to do so soon. I am a semi-beginner (not quite intermediate) knitter; the line by Edward Gorey “She knitted mufflers endlessly” is dead on when it comes to my knitting, as I looove to knit scarves, and have sold a few in the last few years. I don’t know if my input will be all that useful, but if you still feel like chatting, let me know – thanks again!

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