The spectrum of yarn bombing includes kindness


This is high season for BIG yarn bombs; knitters across the globe are gathering their networks and supplies in prepation for large scale, impressive projects. Check out “Knitchen“, the result of 50 artists knitting everything in a kitchen for 7 months or this recent project entitled Alien Campsite– an installation comprised of 10 aliens and 24 tents, composed from contributions of 656 artists! These projects showcase the varied forms yarn bombing can take, playing with scale and environment and making you wonder about the purpose and intention.


Somewhere else on the yarn bombing spectrum is the kindness bomb, which involves significantly less needle time but still promotes the value of knitting in the public sphere.

The kindness bomb is a form of yarn bombing that involves leaving knitwear in public with the intention of it being available for those in need (see this article for a recent example). Publicly placed knitting, in its variety of forms, appears to be very well received because we can all associate knitting with an act of love: love from a grandmother, relative or a crafty friend.

This form of yarn bombing should be more familiar to us, particularly so for knitters with a penchant for stockpiling hats, scarves and mitts as it can be so easily created. Kindness bombs can be a collection of clean, second hand knitwear or can be knit for this precise purpose. Regardless of who does the needle work the intention is the same, to bring love and warmth to someone in need. I was delighted to learn of a kindness bomber nearby in Corner Brook who left a scarf behind in a baggie.

If you feel tempted to join the yarn bombing movement, try dropping a kindness bomb (be sure to include a note) and see what happens… to the knits and you.

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