September 20, 2010
Ann! Do this right now! Go to Ravelry.com, and do a search of projects using the tag “Graffiti.” (I’ll wait.) (Here’s a shortcut.)
Isn’t it cool to see all that whimsy, and to wonder, among other things, why so much of the planet’s yarn-bombing seems to be happening in Helsinki and California?
I have always admired knitted grafitti in public places, and even encountered some in the wild. But something holds me back from doing it myself, in my own city. I think it’s the idea that I’ll knit something, hang it on a park bench or lamp pole, and in 5 minutes somebody will steal it or trash it. (If Debbie Downer here would shut up for a minute, it’s probably just as likely that passersby will smile at it, and tourists will take photos of it.) But looking at the Ravelry projects, I noticed that some knit- and crochet-taggers are aiming their yarn bombs at private targets, such as an officemate’s computer or desk drawer handle. This is a good idea! Somehow reminiscent of finding that your mom has stuck a note into your lunchbox or cut your sandwich into the shape of a heart–which has got to be so embarrassing! I think if I were to do this, my policy would be to deny that I’d done it, even though I am obviously the most likely person to do such a thing, in my own circle of aquaintances, anyway. “Nope, not me. Yarn fairies. It matches my sweater? Coinicidence.”
Anyhoo. This is what I am thinking about on a Monday morning, instead of what I probably should be thinking about, which I can’t remember right now. One thing I wonder is what other knitters think about knit grafitti–is it a waste of good knitting (casting purls before swine, har har); public art in the manner of Christo and Jeanne-Claude; a comment on, or gentle reproach to, the digital age; none/all of the above?