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Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti Paperback – Aug. 1 2009

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Quill & Quire

Contemporary knit culture embraces dichotomy – blending tradition with subversion, feminism with domesticity, art with craft – so knitters might see no contradiction in a how-to guide for knit graffiti. In Yarn Bombing, authors Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain outline the knit/crochet graffiti phenomenon and provide readers with tools to get involved. To “yarn bomb” is to commit knit/crochet graffiti. “Tags” include car antenna cozies, doorknob covers, and tree sweaters. Employing interviews with international bombers and chapter headings like “Why Yarn Graffiti Is the Bomb” and “How to Build Your Arsenal,” Moore and Prain present the trend as a way to “take back the knit,” rendering the domestic craft as public art. The book has knit cred – Moore is technical editor of the website knitty.com, and Debbie Stoller (author of the seminal guide Stitch ’n Bitch) offers a blurb. Yarn Bombing extends Stitch ’n Bitch’s approach to knitting, appealing to hipster knitters with attractive photography and irreverent patterns, reclaiming knitting as an act that is both feminist and anarchic. Yarn Bombing succeeds with unorthodox patterns, including a knitted mushroom and tulip, knit shoes slung over telephone lines, and poster frames. The book’s infectious spirit culminates in the final chapter, which details imaginative projects such as a crocheted army tank cozy meant as an anti-war protest and the world’s longest scarf. But the yarn bombing trend seems too emergent to necessitate an entire book. Yarn Bombing’s history of graffiti is more rudimentary than informative (“Painted graffiti appeared on railroad boxcars in North America in the 1920s. During World War II, American troops left graffiti throughout Europe…”), and very basic introductions to knitting and crochet aren’t very useful. A section devoted to gauge (the relative weight of textiles) is out of place in a guide bent on anarchy, and proffering resources such as Flickr or Facebook is redundant. In general, however, the book’s spirit manages to inspire. While not an essential addition to any crafting library, Yarn Bombing stands out as a fun one. 

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The book is beautifully put together and offers a history of yarn graffiti, as well as how to start your own projects, and patterns. I didn't realise how much of a movement was going on with yarn bombing. I've been thinking about trying it for a long time and this book may have just given me that extra inspiration (along with great tutorials).
-OffTheHooks (craftyash.blogspot.com) ― OffTheHooks

With a part-instructional new Canadian book released in September and winter on the way, guerrilla knitting seems likely to spread. (After all, poles need sweaters, too.) In Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti, Vancouver authors Leanne Prain and Mandy Moore trace the whimsical movement back to an Austin, Texas, crew called Knitta Please, who tagged a doorknob in Houston in 2005 and spurred a "knit-graffiti revolution" that spread across the blogosphere and around the world.
-Toronto StarToronto Star

In Yarn Bombing, beautiful full-page photos illustrate the unique visual balance of street art and traditional stitching.... After reading it you may well be inspired to pick up your needles or obtain your first crochet hook: Novices are welcome, and full chapters are devoted to tutorials.
-BitchBitch

Yarn Bombing is not just a history of the movement, but a how-to guide for aspiring yarn bombers themselves.... [It's] a good reminder that craft, yarn-based or otherwise, is as legitimate a form of expression as any other medium.
-MaisonneuveMaisonneuve

Moore and Prain provide an introduction and history of this creative phenomenon as well as simple projects and suggestions for would-be "taggers." Don't be surprised if this book inspires your library's patrons to knit or crochet cozies for the trees on your library's property.
-Library JournalLibrary Journal

[Yarn Bombing] has the perfect mix of technical proficiency, humour, and dedicated artistry that makes knitting communities so popular.... There's something here for everyone.
-subTerrainsubTerrain

These guerrilla knitters take to the streets and leave knitted "tags" in their hometown, much like Banksy would if he had a pair of knitting needs. With interviews and tips, this is an inspiring book for knitters and urban art fans alike.
-Knitting magazine (UK) ― Knitting

It is part coffee-table book, with color photographs of creative bombs, and part tutorial, with tips like wearing "ninja" black to avoid capture. The book borrows from the vernacular of street graffiti and half-jokingly positions yarn bombing as an illicit alternative for knitters bored making yet another Christmas sweater. It asks readers to get off their rocking chairs and "take back the knit."
-New York TimesNew York Times

Great photos, stories, and instructions.
-Utne ReaderUtne Reader

Yarn Bombing extends Stitch 'n' Bitch's approach to knitting, appealing to hipster knitters with attractive photography and irreverent patterns, reclaiming knitting as an act that is both feminist and anarchic.
-Quill and QuireQuill and Quire

Yarn Bombing really strives to give readers a full window into this growing movement.... No stone is left unturned (or without a cozy) in this comprehensive book.
-Craftzine.comCraftzine.com

Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain have written the definitive guidebook---published by Vancouver's fabulous Arsenal Pulp Press---to covert textile street art.... The kick-ass DIY patterns ensure that your attempts at transforming your own locale will move well beyond your grandma's tea cosy.
-The Georgia StraightGeorgia Straight

There are photos on every page that will keep you entertained.... [some] are quite impressive, like a pink crocheted army tank cozy. My favourite is "The Hare," a 200-foot-long pink bunny by Vienna-based art collective Gelatin, stuffed with straw and completely knitted with wool.
-Montreal MirrorMontreal Mirror

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Arsenal Pulp Press (Aug. 1 2009)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 232 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1551522551
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1551522555
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 669 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 22.61 x 1.78 x 20.57 cm
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