Kapow!: Yarn Bombing

Yarn bombing isn't necessarily a new trend, but it's a cool one. It's exactly what it sounds like: anonymous artists cover an existing structure -- usually a sculpture in urban landscapes -- with ornate knitting. It's like graffiti, but less permanent. 

Knitting has experienced a resurgence in recent years,  becoming a favorite pastime of Brooklyn and Portland hipsters. But, people can only make so many scarves and sweaters, so yarn-bombing challenges emerging artists and bored knitters to do something different with their skill-set. 

In Aspen, we saw this pop up a few years ago on Independence Pass, when a stand of trees was yarn-bombed, as reported by Aspen Public Radio. 

Yarn bombing in Aspen. Photo: Aspen Public Radio. 

Yarn bombing in Aspen. Photo: Aspen Public Radio. 

In cities, it's a little more prevalent. 

Crochet artist Olek covers a  bull near Wall Street in New York City. Photo: New York Times.

Crochet artist Olek covers a  bull near Wall Street in New York City. Photo: New York Times.

Where do I see this fitting into design? Yarn, knitting and crochet have a comfortable place in our homes and can add that pop of color without commitment. Knit antlers? Awesome. A crocheted bowl? Love it. Plus, it allows actual knitters to take part in their own design process and customize pieces in their living spaces. And, if they don't like, a new look is just a stitch away.