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A Hungarian artist who goes by the name Babukatorium spent three months creating this awesomely intricate piece of guerilla knitting aka yarnbombing. The colouful crocheted piece is composed of 247 round spiderwebs in 13 colours. It took the artist three days to affix her beautiful creation to this tree, which is located somewhere in Veszprém, Hungary.

Babukatorium was inspired to create the piece after watching a performance of Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

She said: ‘I’m obsessed with spiderwebs and rainbows and so when I saw this tree after the performance I thought it would be perfect for yarnbombing.

'I used a lot of yarn and attached it with rainbow ribbons. At the end I was exhausted and surprised because I didn't think I would be able to complete it. I was also surprised because people love it, and come to visit the tree just to see the work.'

To view more work by Babukatorium, check out her Flickr page and Etsy shop. She’s also here on Tumblr.

[via Dark Roasted Blend and Dailymail.co.uk]

#GRANNYSQUARE UPDATE: It’s now approx 400 square feet, weighs more than 22 pounds, includes close to 60 large skeins of @redheartyarns Super Saver #yarn, each of which now completes just one 80 foot long row. BUT, I’m still only 40% of the way to setting the #GuinnessWorldRecord.
Before you ask, there is no current record. After multiple appeals they finally agreed to open a new category for Largest #Crocheted Square if I make it at least 1,000 square feet. I think they were hoping that would make me go away, but as you can see, it just gave me a target. 😬

#santabarbara #montecito #crochet #knit #knitting #crafts #worldrecord #california #yarnbomb #yarnbombing (at Yarnbombing HQ)

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California-based Yarnboming artists Jill and Lorna Watt of Knits For Life (previously featured here) recently transformed a pair of unassuming benches near the San Francisco Ferry Building into adorably ferocious monsters, complete with six awesome orange feet. The irrepressibly inventive sisters created this delightful yarn installation for an upcoming episode of CCTV America’s new show Full Frame.

[via Laughing Squid]

Hey yarnbombers! Here’s an idea.

If you absolutely must clothe trees, telephone poles, and other structures in knitted items that will become raggedy and unappealing within the week, try this instead:

Knit utilitarian items that can be easily removed (say, with buttons). For example, you could wrap a tree in an actual blanket. Do this in areas heavily populated by homeless people, so they can remove the item and, yknow…use it.

Then you’ll temporarily beautify a structure and provide warmth to people who need it!

Because let me tell you, there are few things more depressing than walking through a city and seeing inanimate objects with better clothes than the actual, living human beings walking around the area.

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Plenty of people know how to crochet and knit, but how many of them do it underwater? Polish yarn-bombing artist Olek (previously featured here) recently undertook an awesome new artistic adventure in the Caribbeans creating an installation in the waters off Isla Mujeres, Mexico off the coast of Cancun, home to a large population of whale sharks. To voice her concern about the ongoing decline of the global shark population, Olek used her signature vibrant camouflage-patterned crochet to cover two sculptures in Isla Mujeres’ underwater museum, Museo Subacuatico de Arte (MUSA).

The MUSA is an underwater sculpture park created to encourage the natural growth of coral reefs and has been open to the public since 2010 (though scuba diving skills are a must to be able to go see it).

For the project, Olek used safe, biodegradable materials and colors that mimic the reds, yellows and browns of the coral reef. The artist was inspired by a quote from Jason DeCaires Taylor, the original sculptor of the pieces in the MUSA, comparing the global oceans’ health to a ticking time bomb as ecosystems decline from overfishing and pollution. She specifically chose to crochet the bomb sculptures as a symbol of solidarity and call for environmental protection.

After finishing the installation Olek collaborated with Tre Packard of Pangeaseed on a stunning underwater photo shoot of divers wearing crocheted mermaid tails, bodysuits and butterfly wings.

Visit Hi-Fructose for additional images.

[via Hi-Fructose]

THE JOURNEY:
Yesterday I was interviewed for an article abt my work that will appear in the most widely read art magazine in the world. 😳 I was asked a question that I didnt really have an answer for. “What do you think it is that draws people to collaborate with you?” Even if I cant explain it, Im glad you do.

Let YOUR creativity shine through. Any size. Any shape. Any color. Any stitch. Take a risk.
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This tentacular piece of yarnbombing is the collaborative work of Jill Watt, who blogs as the Dapper Toad, and her sister Lorna of Knits For Life. This isn’t their first knitted creation, but it is their biggest yet.

The sisters used four miles of yarn to transform a Magnolia tree in San Mateo, CA into a giant blue squid. They even included some crocheted goldfish trapped in the squid’s tentacles.

"Lorna, an artist-in-residence for the Downtown San Mateo Association, wrote up a great post on how she and her sister conceived of, designed, and then created the “Yarnbomb Squid Tree.” Jill reports that it took 20 hours on a sweater machine to make enough to cover the tree and that it took them 14 hours to install it, in 91°F weather!”

[via Laughing Squid]

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