A seriously great slideshow and feature about the evolution of yarnbombing from an anonymous quick-hit guerilla activity, to becoming more organized, larger, and more creative public art installations the contributors are happy to have their names attached to.
The article has an excellent interview with artist Arzu Arda Kosar, who was part of a group of fibre artists, knitters and artists who recently came together to “bomb” the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, California.
The other change taking place is that yarnbombing is no longer just about knit and crochet; this stunning piece, “Man with Chandelier”, incorporates rug-hooking.
Another great slideshow, featuring ten “Astounding Knits” – an excerpt from an upcoming book. They aren’t all knitted (crochet alert!), and some of them we’ve seen before, but it’s great to see them collected in one fun slideshow.
Speaking of astounding knits, check out this three-person sweater, created especially for the cover art of the new album from New York City band Pearl and the Beard. A video on the creation of the sweater – featuring Jocelyn of the band – can be found here.
Sandra van Zyl, a knitter in Namibia is leading an initiative to make sweaters to donate to HIV-affected babies and orphans around the country. The knitters are using a pattern known as “Mother Teresa’s Bara Jersey”.
If you’re in New South Wales, Australia on August 5th, consider dropping by the Hornsby Library for the annual Hornsby “knit-in” event. Activities will include knitting races and blind knitting competitions, a â€˜brainteasers for knitting know-allsâ€™ competition, and sewing and knitting wraps for charity.