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What do you think about yarn bombing?

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What do you think about yarn bombing?

Hi there, picture-8 A copy of Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain arrived on my desk a few weeks ago.  We spent a lunch hour or two paging through it, looking at the photos of statues and telephone poles bedecked in handknits, and wondering what it was all about, and then it went onto the shelf with all the other craft books destined for the giveaway pile. bus The photo above (via Thoughts from the bus stop) is an extreme version of yarn bombing ( see the Yarn Bombing blog), a particularly hands-on style of craft/graffiti which is defined as "The surreptitious or unauthorized placement of knitted objects on statues, posts, and other public structures." In other words, someone (or many someones) spend hours knitting, only to wrap their hard work around a light pole, a hand rail, a door knob, or a fence. Since the book has been published, I've seen several newspaper articles about the practice of yarn bombing (for example, this one, in yesterday's Toronto Star; an older one from the National Post). I have not done an extensive search by any means, but most of what I have read has been positive – so far, I've only encountered this post, titled The Anti-Knitting-Graffiti Manifesto, from Web-Goddess, that is less-than-glowing. (And with which, at the risk of sounding like a grumpy old lady, I have to admit that I agree. At the very least it seems like a waste of time, money and resources; if you have those things to spare, why not make things for people in need rather than light posts?) Have you seen any yarn-bombing in your community? Are you a yarn-bomber? Is it art or graffiti? I'm interested to hear what you think about this new trend. If you're interested in having this book, let me know by leaving a (civil, please!) comment on this post and I'll draw a name.
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