To yarn-bomb is to cover or accent a public area or structure with knitted or crocheted material as a genre of street art. Yarn-bomb may be written with or without the hyphen as in yarn bomb and yarnbomb, though Oxford English Dictionary presently favors the hyphenated yarn-bomb. Related terms are yarn-bombs, yarn-bombed, yarn-bombing, yarn-bomber. Yarn-bombing seems to have begun with “cozies” knitted by Magda Sayeg for the doorknobs on doors leading into her store in Houston, Texas, in 2005. She began a website that offered knitters creative ideas for using the leftover pieces from yarn projects. Today, a yarn-bombing movement has spread worldwide. Alternate terms for yarn-bomb are yarn storm, guerrilla knitting, urban knitting, and kniffiti.


Like graffiti, yarn-bombing involves saturating walls, light poles and park benches with bright colors and patterns. (The Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Yarn bombing street art was the catalyst for bringing one community together in Greensboro, North Carolina, yesterday. (The Examiner)

Yarn bombing is an art form that allows artists to tag trees, statues, lampposts parking meters or big blue baby sculptures (Hamilton) with yarn instead of paint to make their statement. (The Hamilton Journal-News)

The colorful project celebrates International Yarn Bomb Day and the revitalization of the park. (The Houston Chronicle)

Roses will be springing up across Bath as people take part in a mass yarn-bombing event. (The Bath Chronicle)

“Yarnstormers”, who vandalise streets with knitting needles and wool rather than cans of spray paint, have targeted the town of Leigh-on-Sea, in Essex, in the latest example of a feelgood craze. (The Times)

The Benfleet-based Craft Club left four “yarnbombs” on post boxes across Leigh and Westcliff as part of the Southend Festival, which celebrates the town’s creativity during June, and Leigh Art Trail. (The Echo)

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