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Every June 11th
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  2. Knitting

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They’re showing up everywhere, like some kind of psychedelically colorful mushroom that grows sock-like over surfaces like trees and scaffolding and even bike racks. Somewhere, somehow, these normal everyday objects have suddenly become ensconced in an odd wooly growth in amazing patterns. The skill varies widely from incredibly new to fantastically intricate, the thickness of the yarn from pencil-lead thin to thick as the pencil itself. Yarn Bombing Day is when fiber-freaks from around the world go on a knitting rampage to embrace the world in warm fuzzy comfort. Grab your needles and go forth noble kneedler, and stitch!

History of Yarn Bombing Day

Ironically Yarn Bombing Day started as a simple gimmick at a sewing boutique, as part of their style and personality they knitted a sleeve for their door handle, and from there it spread like the mycorrhizal life form we mentioned above (That’s mushroom folks, most fungi… listen this isn’t a botany class, trust us, it’s shroom-like). From there it started spreading to cover telephone poles, put colorful socks on statues, and bike racks, even trees have received a warm and lovely sleeve to see them through the cold winter months.

It’s all done in the spirit of beautification and fun, bringing a fantastically colorful display to urban areas around the world. It’s not even seen as graffiti by most people in the area, but rather an entirely acceptable and attractive form of urban art. And it’s little surprise, with all the amazing patterns that can come out of a knitter’s craft, and the warm and comfortable nature of the fabric. Of course, they don’t use wool because some people are allergic, but it’s still a fantastic time!

How to celebrate Yarn Bombing Day

Get out there and bomb some yarn, that’s how! Take out your crochet needle, your knitting needles, whatever you have and get out there and make the world a more beautiful and comfy place with the work of your craft. If you’ve never knitted before, this is the perfect time to start, there are classes all over, and even if there’s not, you can find an organized Yarn Bombing Day activity to get involved in. Believe us, there’s nothing that these fanatical yarn nuts like to do more than introduce more people to the hobby that dominates their lives. If you have a cat, well, even your worst attempts will provide hours of entertainment for them! Do it for the yarn, do it for the cozy bike benches, do it for your cat! Go out and Yarn Bomb!