International yarn bombing day


June 8 is International Yarn Bombing Day

Need inspiration for your own project? Check out New York-based crocheting artist Olek on Instagram: @oleknyc.

On June 8, for the third year running, yarn enthusiasts from around the globe will share their passion with the world through the act of yarn bombing.

Guerrilla knitters and crocheters will cover trees, lampposts and bike racks with their colorful handicrafts in a tradition established by Alberta knitter Joann Matvichuk.

Tag your own work and any yarn bombing installations you may come across with the #yarnbombing hashtag!

Phoenix Needs an Extreme Crochet Makeover

With International Yarn Bombing Day about two weeks away, we can only hope the local crafting folk art community is too busy secretly stitching to get the word out on its big plans.


Yarn bombing (or, if you prefer, guerrilla knitting) forgoes paint or chalk in favor of a more colorful street art display made of cloth. From loose yarn tucked into sidewalk cracks to more large-scale “installations” redressing cold public spaces, the sky is the proverbial limit for those with leftover yarn and a yearning to display it.

Phoenix, more so than many other cities, can use that fun splash of color. Local landmarks most worthy of an extreme crochet makeover may include:

Herberger Theater Center (222 E. Monroe)

Light Rail stations

Da Pope (400 E. Monroe)

Knit your revolution - with other “fiber artists of the world uniting on one day to bring color and beauty to our urban landscape” - come International Yarn Bombing Day - June 11, 2011.


Today, my fiber arts group helped celebrate International Yarn Bombing Day. We made flowers for our brand new Little Free Library in Acorn Park, a bouquet of roses door cozy for the Eugene Saturday Market and we hid nearly 75 little trinkets in our public library for patrons to find. It’s pretty cool. Our blog, our flickr, our facebook page.

So Thursday, June the 11th is International Yarn Bombing day, and look at this little snail. LOOK AT IT. Maybe someone will yarn bomb the Central Library? Wouldn’t that be something ;)

Anyway, we have Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti, by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain in our collection. 

Also! Saturday the 13th of June is World Wide Knit in Public Day because why not? And there’ll definitely be knitters knitting IN PUBLIC at the Central library.