Yarn Bombing – The Amazing Art of Knitted and Crochet Graffiti

I had never heard of yarn bombing until I took a walk on the James F. Hall trail here in town (Newark, DE) Now I’ve been on this trail before and had not seen this but on this warm day in March I decided to go back and photograph the daffodils I remembered from last spring that can be found all along the trail.

Instead of finding daffodils, I found trees wrapped in yarn. My first thought was it’s something the city of Newark is doing to protect the trunks of the trees from some kind of disease. My husband thought it was something they were doing for Easter.

Both of us were wrong.

I posted a picture on Instagram asking if anyone knew what it was. Didn’t take long to get a response.

Yarn Bombing tree in Newark Delaware along the James F. Hall Trail

Yarn bombing is form of street art where yarn in any form – knitted, crocheted, latch hooked, or cross stitch – is attached to an object such as a tree, bench, bike racks, you name it, it can be yarn bomb.

Look what I got when I googled Yarn Bombing-

Images from Google of yarn bombing

Images from Google of yarn bombing

How cool is that! I like it, much cleaner then spray paint, don’t you think?

I showed my mom these pictures since she loves to crochet and asked her if she wanted to do this in her yard since she has lots of trees. She looked at me like I was nuts. I guess we won’t be yarn bombing her yard this summer, I thought it was a good idea 🙂

Here’s more information about yarn bombing if you’re interested and if you’re in Newark, DE do take a walk down the James F. Hall Trail until April 20 2016. This is an article in the Newark Post about the artists behind this awesome display.
Yarn Bombing along the James F. Hall Trail in Newark DE

Want to know how to Yarn Bomb? Crafty.com has the answer – Yarn Bombing 101: How to Yarn Bomb in 5 Steps by Jessie Hemmons. She’s been yarn bombing since 2009.

And get ready for the International Yarn Bombing Days, June 11 and 12. Here’s the Facebook page –
https://www.facebook.com/InternationalYarnBombingDay/

Last but not least a book on Yarn Bombing with lots of colorful pictures, instructions and stories to get you started. Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti by Mandy Moore, Leanne Prain from my favorite place to get books, Amazon.

How’s that for a fun thing to do outdoors especially if you love to knit or crochet.

Do share if you know someone who may be interested in Yarn Bombing!

Tina
aka @tinaoutdoors