It is a question that I have been pondering lately, and one that I have been trying to answer for myself.
Some of My Own Answers:
- It opens up the rest of the world to an new version of age-old traditions found around the world. No longer is yarn work relegated to the little woman sitting by the fireside, with a cup of tea, and her cats. (However, I do enjoy that)
- It injects some whimsy into the crafter’s life, and into the lives of the audience that views the project.
- Yarn bombs draw attention. They can be used to as a call to action for community needs.
- It fosters community. Some bombs are huge, that could take a knitter/crocheter months to make. Putting out a call helps lower the workload, and “knit” stronger ties between members of a crafty community.
- It injects some mischievousness into life. We don’t really have many chances to be puckish, without actually hurting people. Vary rarely is yarn bombing hateful or spiteful.
- Yarn bombing inspires people to take up the craft. A few months ago, I was at my LYS, and in came a little boy and his mom. They had seen a tree cozy, and he wanted to learn how to make them. Fantastic!
Yarn bombers: What inspires you to yarn bomb? Non-bombers: Have you ever thought about yarn bombing? If so, what about it appeals to you?