MINNEAPOLIS — Yarn bombs are a form of global warming we can all get behind.
Yarn bombers whip up knit creations large and small, then put them in unusual places — a bikini on a statue, a crocheted bouquet on a utility pole, teapot cozies in a coffee shop.
Many of these guerrilla knitters deposit their creations by cover of night, upping the element of surprise.
Tree trunks are a popular target. A giant striped sleeve (see B3) was the painstaking handiwork of Minneapolis
College of Art and Design
student Lindsay Densch, part of a group called the Yarn
On campus earlier this year, they yarn-bombed bike handlebars, stair and elevator railings and a foosball table — even hung colorful pompons from a skyway ceiling.
Yarn bombing might have originated five years ago with Texan Magda Sayeg, who sought a use for her leftover projects.
Many Twin Cities bombers belong to young-adult groups of knitting fanatics, such as those who show up for Drunken Knit Night at the south Minneapolis bar Merlins Rest. We’d like to see some stealthy grannies get to work, making playground equipment softer and dumpsters more attractive.