What Drives People to Yarn Bomb?

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?


7 thoughts on “What Drives People to Yarn Bomb?

  1. myraho78 September 26, 2015 / 13:10

    I hope that some day “Everlasting Blossoms will become any kind of “yarn Bombing”! That could make the world more beautiful with crochet flowers blossomed and butterflies flying all year round!

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  2. lagrancostanza September 27, 2015 / 01:00

    Personally, I’m too selfish a knitter for yarnbombing, but I find it incredibly fun. It puts a smile on my face when I see it! Oh, and I love that story about the little boy and his mom. I never thought about the fact that it could communicate the appeal of knitting to people that probably wouldn’t be interested in it normally. That’s really great!

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    • yarnsneak September 27, 2015 / 11:20

      Yeah, it was really fun overhearing that little boy.


  3. Mei September 27, 2015 / 04:56

    I’ve only recently discovered yarn bombing. I haven’t yet convinced myself to start but I do like looking at yarn-bombed places. I like how it makes everything seem more cosy, warm and friendly especially in contrast with the cold, structured buildings in the city.

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  4. shoelaceswitcher September 29, 2015 / 08:04

    That’s so great that yarn bombing inspired that little boy, I never really thought of that particular effect.


  5. thehookstook October 6, 2015 / 13:50

    I’ve never yarn-bombed though I do sometimes eye up statues speculatively! But there are too many things I want to crochet as it is! I hope your first yarn-bomb piece is still up and hasn’t been taken down. By the way, thought you might be interested in a post on yarn-bombing (or as I prefer, yarn-storming) on The Sweaty Knitter’s blog, if you haven’t seen it already.. http://sweatyknitter.com/2015/10/03/guerrillas-or-rogues/

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    • yarnsneak October 7, 2015 / 12:47

      It is still up, and hasn’t gotten too nasty. I am planning on taking it down once it gets a bit manky.


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