Forget the spray paint, chalk or any other grafitti medium. Yarn bombing has hit the streets!
Livermore, CA is home to vineyards, agriculture, bicyclists, outdoor cafes and yes, yarn bombing. The trees lining the main street of town are surrounded by a public display of knitting. Trunks are adorned with a variety of pattens and color and create a friendly community atmosphere. Supposedly the practice of knitting public objects began in Texas 8 or 9 years ago and has since spread around the world. If you search the internet you’ll find bridges, road and wall cracks, tanks, busses, bike racks, bikes and statues all sporting the fine art of guerilla knitting. Sometimes it’s not appreciated, so check with your local city if you feel drawn to cover something with fibers.
Having taken a trip to CA to blog, we accidentally came across the town of Livermore and were excited to document and share this outdoor art space. Being an avid knitter myself, I’ve knit plenty of shawls, scarves, hats and sweaters, but I haven’t yet found an object that begged to be cozied in yarn. Maybe this introduction to the art form in California will inspire some creative activity.
Enjoy the photos of this installation and please let us know where else you’ve seen yarn-bombing in your town or your travels. I’ve started a Pinterest board in order to direct people to places where they can be found. Click here for my Yarn-bombing board and map and feel free to contribute photos you find around the world.
Enjoy the trees in Livermore, CA.
At the end of the street was this beautiful fountain, arbor and green space. What a great day for lunch in small town America, and I got a couple of rows knitted on my own project too.
That’s all for now. I can’t wait to get home to Minnesota to see what needs a friendly covering of knitting (besides the grandkids). Just imagine how beautiful the bright yarns will look in our snow covered landscapes this winter. I think I’ll start small and work into it. The bridges of St. Paul are safe for now.