A friendly kind of bomb


Yarn bombing of course or yarn storming as it is also known. I took a little drive down Hampton Street today in search of the wonderful yarn bombing that was there just a few weeks ago. Alas there wasn’t much left but there were a couple of colourfully dressed trees left. I did notice a few other ways the streetscape has had a bit of artistic cheering up!

Yarn -bombed tree in Hampton Street

Yarn -bombed tree in Hampton Street

Yarn bombed tree - Hampton Street

Yarn bombed tree – Hampton Street

I really appreciate this kind of ‘graffiti’ as I think it brings a touch of colour, whimsy and humour to an otherwise dull street-scape. I’m always a bit taken aback when I read negative comments in the local newspaper complaining that it is untidy, messy and unhygenic! Oh please, surely anything harmless that brings a bit of a smile to people’s faces can’t be that bad can it?

For those of you who appreciate a little yarn bombing, take a look at Stitched up Mama for a taste of subversive knitting and crochet!
and here at Yarn Corner which is a Melbourne based group.

I thought you might also appreciate this shop I noticed – haven’t seen anything like this before:

Shop decorated with lace doilies

Shop decorated with lace doilies

Close up of doilees

Close up of

And a little bit of mosaic never goes amiss:

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I would love to hear your thoughts on street art ie. what is acceptable and where (if anywhere) should we draw the line.


I have the lovely Winter Owls to thank for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award and very honoured I am to accept it (even though its taken me a while to get round to it)! I love her blog and her original style – go have a look, if you haven’t already, there are great craft ideas, lovely photos, artwork and Ruby the pugalier!

Now for my 15 nominations for the Award – I understand if you feel unable to accept the award if you are too busy or for whatever reason. Please just take it as acknowledgement that your blog has given me much pleasure over the last few months!:

The Nerdy Sewist
Living Simply Free
Life on a Dirt Road
Beyond Back Creek
The Inbox Jaunt
Crazy Wonderful Life
Pauline Knits
A Daisy Garden
Creative Pixie
Cute as a Button 82
Gone Rustic
Blogging in the Slow Lane
Daniella Joes Blog
The Green Dragonfly
Stitched Up Mama

Now for 7 facts you may not know about me:

1. At age 12 I was a huge Donny Osmond fan
2. I’m not keen on olives or anchovies (but love olive oil)
3. I always loved SF particularly Doctor Who and Star Trek (what a geek)
4. I love HBO program’s like Sopranos, Mad Men and Breaking Bad
5. I always eat the orange creams first, never the caramels (they pull my fillings out).
6. The first single I ever bought was A Walking Miracle (bet no one remembers that!)
7. I dream of renting a cottage in Tuscany or South of France for a couple of months and walking to the local market every day for bread and cheese.

Well this has been a bit of an epic post, hope I didn’t lose everyone on the way!

I will also take the opportunity to wish all of you a happy New Year and an extra yummy, creative 2013!

18 responses »

  1. Thank you for the nomination! I really haven’t seen any yarn bombing around here, your second picture of the bombing is amazing. And as for mosaics, you can put them any where as I think they are all beautiful. I enjoy seeing graffiti of any kind if it’s in good taste. I would have to say, just my opinion, is that it’s fine as long as you have permission from the owners on private property. If they like and enjoy it, why should we care.

    • You are welcome, I always enjoy reading your blog :). I agree with you on the graffiti – the beauty with the yarn bombing is, it’s temporary nature and the fact that it doesn’t damage anything.

      • I don’t get to see too much graffiti here, we have two buildings that have commissioned murals on them and I love to take the time to stop and look at them. I especially like the cultural graffiti on buildings where otherwise the area looks run down, it gives the area ownership, in my view, by those living there.

  2. Wow well there’s one way to keep your trees warm we’ve been having a cold spell I wonder if I can start a trend on my block?

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  4. I’m so excited that you nominated my blog! Thank you for sharing the love. I’m such a fan of your writing! And I’ve never had the skills for fiber arts, but those trees really do make me want to take up knitting needles. Although trees are pretty nice on their own…wonder if anyone can yarn-bomb a lamp-post ?

    • Thank you for your kind comments and what’s blogging for if not to share the love!! I have to admit that I’m not much of a knitter myself but I have rekindled my love of crochet over the last few months and find it quite relaxing. Lamp posts look great with a bit of ‘granny grafitti’ even park benches and fences – have a look at Stitched up Mamma for ideas – she’s very creative.

  5. Yarn bombing? Is that what that’s called? I actually saw a tree like that on my walks, and I posted about it on my blog because I had never seen anything like that before in my life! http://hollybernabe.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/friday-follow-up/

    How does one go about doing one of these yarn bomb thingies? Do you crochet the the little tree blanket first and then go out and do the last bit of stitches, stitching it together, or is it done all at once? If it’s done all at once, doesn’t that take a blue moon? I mean, how can people just stand around a tree forever until the thing is big enough to fit?

    Since I wrote that post, I’ve seen one or two other trees like that. They are kind of snazzy compared to the other trees in their neighborhood! 🙂

    (Obviously, I’m completely ignorant of anything crochet/knit. My 11 year old daughter taught me to do a crochet stitch just this last month and for Christmas got me my first crochet hooks and some yarn. Now I can learn and we can do projects together. She rocks!)

    • Glad I could enlighten you slightly! I have to admit, I’m not sure on all the technicalities of how they make them fit so snugly. You can of course just make small pieces of knitting or crochet and hang them in interesting places (see: stitched up mama above for ideas!). You can of course go the full hog and knit/crochet a complete cosy for a London telephone box lol!

      I am a newbie to crochet like you so your daughter definitely rocks in my book! Thanks for visiting me and commenting and I admire what you are doing, it’s very inspiring. Please let me know how the crochet goes, I would love to see the results 🙂

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