Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Yarn-bombing

Yesterday, I shared a picture of a giant ant statue which had been yarn-bombed. This statue is in our local botanic garden, which is part of the ABQ BioPark; this is a wonderful attraction here in our city and it includes the zoo, marine aquarium, botanic garden and other natural and historical sites along the Rio Grande, which runs through the heart of the city.

The botanic garden was recently yarn-bombed by a group of knitting and crochet enthusiasts, or so-called "guerilla knitters." Yarn-bombing, for anyone unfamiliar with the term, is a means of decorating a space with yarn, usually on a large scale, and often done in secret. This particular yarn-bombing was sanctioned by the botanic garden. The participants knitted or crocheted lots of different items and used them to decorate the "children's fantasy garden" within the larger botanic garden.

We are big fans of this part of the garden; it's designed to make you feel like you're tiny, similar to "Alice in Wonderland," as you wend your way through giant rock mazes, walk inside an enormous hollow "pumpkin," climb on the backs of caterpillars and ants, weave through huge "carrots" growing out of the ground and sit on chair-like "toadstools." It's a lot of fun for kids and adults alike.

At Christmastime, the whole botanic garden is decorated with lighted displays as part of an event called River of Lights. The yarn-bombing took place during that event. I came across a short article on the city's website about the yarn-bombing, here. I didn't expect that the yarn would still be there in early February but it was and we really enjoyed seeing what these knitters and crocheters did!

There were huge ants in lacy shawls and warm sweaters.



Tree trunks and limbs were decorated too.




I really love these squares, including grannies, wrapped around a tree trunk.


Even some smaller vines were decorated with sleeve-like pieces.



There were also lots of hanging ornaments and decorations in the trees.





It was really interesting. I hadn't encountered much yarn-bombing before this. The only other example I'd seen was a yarn-bombed newspaper box at the university where we take our small Bears for music classes on Saturday mornings. Someone had completely encased the newspaper box, about four feet tall, with knitted and crocheted squares sewn together. I assume it was made by university students.

Have you ever seen, or participated in, a yarn-bombing? I think it's a nice way to decorate a space and to celebrate yarny crafts. It seems like a lot of work went into this particular example at the botanic garden. I certainly enjoy knowing there are such passionate lovers of yarn in my community.

4 comments:

  1. I've never seen anything yarn bombed around here. How fun. It would be cute to make some crocheted hats for the ride-on toys at the park :)
    (Although if I crocheted a hat I'd probably want to keep it, now that I think of it)

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    1. I was thinking the same thing! I don't know if I'd be able to part with much that I'd made. I only just got good at crocheting hats last summer, so maybe I need to give myself a few more years. :)

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  2. Well I am thinking that you must live in a really cool, yarn-loving area to see such great stuff when you are out and about! I have never see or participated in yarn bombing. I think if I was going to put all that time and effort into something knitted or crocheted I would want to keep it or give it to a friend, not wrap it round a tree!

    Gillian x

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    1. I think I feel the same way, Gillian. I'm not sure I would ever participate myself. But this is a really unusual place in some ways; the arts are very popular and people are pretty passionate about them.

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