guerrilla knitting


Things In Trees, pt. I: Guerrilla Knitting found on our way to Forest Park. I’ve seen it before at home, but never covering a whole trunk! I am quite toen about the phenomenon, as I like the idea, but the cloths are often put together without putting much thought into color combinations it seems.


On yarn bombing, or “guerrilla knitting”:

“Some engage in yarn bombing as a fun and creative way to use up left over yarn, others consider it an urban intervention to personalize otherwise cold and impersonal spaces or to make socio- political statements. Humor is often a major component of yarn bombing, which by its nature embodies contradictory idiosyncrasies within itself. 

In its seemingly odd juxtaposition of knitting and graffiti, often associated with opposing concepts such as female, granny, indoors, domestic, wholesome and soft vs. male, enfant terrible, outdoors, public, underground and edgy, the practice of yarn bombing  redefines both genres. Yarn bombing transforms knitting from a domestic endeavor to public art, recontextualizing both knitting and graffiti, both of which are marginalized creative endeavors that fall outside ‘high art.’”


Guerrilla Knitting or Yarn Bombing

the activity of covering things in public spaces (e.g. lampposts, trees, statues etc) with knitted materials The idea of yarn bombing or ‘graffiti knitting’ originates from the US, where knitters decided to find new and creative ways of using leftover material.

My friend was recently telling me about how the interconnected “vibrations” and energy of the natural world are now being scientifically researched and measured. One experiment involves thinking negatively about a particular plant and then measuring its correlated (regardless of the thinker’s proximity) distress. 

I put this yarn bomb up on this tree in Detroit back in December. When I took this photo just a week ago in February, someone pointed out that it’s the only tree in its sight that still has kept its leaves. Think of all the love & warmth (both physically and metaphysically ;-D) it’s getting. Pretty crazy, huh?