When walking along the entrance to Blarney Castle, we came across some very interesting knitted pullovers on the trees, keeping them warm for the coming winter, and showing off the skills of some creative knitters.
A few American tourists that we passed seemed to be a bit perplexed about why the trees were decorated like this, and for anyone else that is wondering what yarn bombing is, here is an excerpt from the always knowledgeable Wikipedia:
Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarnstorming, guerrilla knitting, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.
While yarn installations – called yarn bombs or yarnstorms – may last for years, they are considered non-permanent, and, unlike other forms of graffiti, can be easily removed if necessary. Nonetheless, the practice is still technically illegal, though it is not often prosecuted vigorously.
While other forms of graffiti may be expressive, decorative, territorial, socio-political commentary, advertising or vandalism, yarn bombing was initially almost exclusively about reclaiming and personalizing sterile or cold public places. It has since developed with groups graffiti knitting and crocheting worldwide, each with their own agendas and public graffiti knitting projects being run.
Have you come across some yarn bombing in your area? Let’s have some pictures!