Planning a Yarn Bomb

A couple years ago I saw an ad in a magazine that featured a knitter and a bike she had yarn bombed. I didn't know at the time what it was even called or that yarn bombing was a popular form of street art but I thought that the bike was so cool. I wanted to do my own bike but I definitely didn't have the skills to do that at the time and I'm not so sure my parents would have approved anyway, but the idea stuck with me and every so often I would come across pictures on the internet of trees, fence posts and signs all covered in cozy getups. I think yarn bombing is the most fun form of street art I’ve seen and I know I’m not the only one who thinks this because it’s only getting more common.

A yarn bomb project has been something that I've wanted to do for a while so I decided to make it one of my summer goals. By the end of the summer I will have created and installed my very own yarn bomb piece. I'm not really sure if this is a big goal or not, I guess it depends on what I plan on yarn bombing, but my hope is that my first yarn bomb is a big one, and something that I'm really proud of. I'm not really a very fast knitter so doing something like this on my own would take ages, which is why I've been trying to enlist my friends to help me out. I think a project like this is the perfect one to do as a group, because everyone gets to help out and it doesn't matter if pieces aren't perfect  or if the styles of different pieces don't match up. I think that's part of what makes some yarn bombs so beautiful.

The yarn bowl I set out in the living room.

I put this basket on the table in my house in the hope that some of the girls I live with would be tempted to knit something to contribute. The only downside is that I'm sure I'll have tons of little squares to sew together, but I'm okay with that. I'm hoping this yarn bomb ends up looking like a big quilt, with lots of different things to look at on it. 

I've also been way to obsessed with knitting flowers lately so I think some of those will make it on the yarn bomb. I think learning to crotchet is in my near future because so many of the patterns I’ve seen for flowers are crochet patterns. I’ve been having a hard time finding many knitted ones. My favourite so far have been sunflowers (which also happen to be my favourite flowers in real life). One of our ideas for the yarn bomb was to do a swing set. Each of the seats could be covered, and then the chains of the swing would have a garland of flowers wrapped around it. Maybe that's too complicated, I just really want these flowers to make it onto whatever we decide to do.

So keep an eye out for a blog post that will be out by the end of the summer about how this project turned out. Have you ever contributed to a yarn bomb? I'd love to hear about it below!

The pattern I used is available here:

The pattern I used is available here: