Yarn bombing revisited

If you’ve been around here since my trip to visit my daughter in Germany last spring, you may remember notes on the Bremen bridge cosy. El Guapo recently came across a photo of another yarn bombing, this time on a much larger scale.


found on facebook at design-dautore.com

These are the steps of the Helsinki cathedral in Finland. Doing a little research, I learned that this spectacle began with three Finnish organizations and a goal in 2011 to collect 1000 crocheted blankets. In the end, there were nearly 8000 blankets made, so many that there wasn’t room on the cathedral steps to lay them all out. Being practical to a fault, I admit I was happy to learn that the blankets were later donated to people who needed warming.

El Guapo also sent a link to a photo of a double decker bus entirely covered in knitting, but it was done for a soft-drink ad campaign, so while I admired the needlework, it didn’t warm me in quite the same way–I think I may be allergic to marketing.


Handwork on a scale to boggle the mind

The cathedral looks pretty impressive, as well. I like the juxtaposition of the imposing columns and dome acting as backdrop for the millions of humble granny squares. If you want to learn more about the project, this might be a place to begin.

Speaking of beginning, those acres of skillfully tangled yarn seem to have something to say to me that sounds like, “don’t you want to get a project started?” Mostly I’ve just been fiddling around lately, but I think it’s time to settle down to something. There’s a whole philosophical discussion to be had on decision paralysis, and the way that choosing one direction cuts off others, but I somehow feel that I want to get my hands off the keyboard and into some yarn….

11 thoughts on “Yarn bombing revisited

    • And we need some of that right about now, don’t we? It’s hard to “warm” to any sentence that features the term “wind chill factor,” something our area is hearing too often these days.

    • Me, too. There’s something so “of the people” about yarn bombing–it’s grassroots–that having a company try to harness it to sell more soda just seems Ugh.

  1. Dear Lori, could you please tell me more details about this project? I am trying to find who organized it and wish to contact them but cannot find any solid information. I know it has been 5 years already since this but it is still amazing and inspiring and made me think about starting something similar in my hometown. Thank you for any help.
    Kind regards from Zagreb

    • I’m not sure I have great leads, but I did find a little more about it from this pinterest post: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/368450813235398229/
      If you don’t manage to contact any of the original organizers, perhaps there are other yarn bombing projects that might inspire you. When it comes right down to it, though, if you’ve got some yarn, some tools, some friends and some time, you’re ready to get started. Best of luck with your future project!

      • Dear Lori, thank you so much for the info, I will start from that and hopefully will be able to get in touch with someone who participated. Thank you also for best wishes about the project, I will let you know how it is developing. Kind regards from Zagreb, Croatia.

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