The Bomb

R. Darling, Dylan, and I had lunch at our favorite lunch spot last weekend.  It was a sunny day and we were glad to be out enjoying some time as a family.  Looking out the window I could see one of the local yarn shops and noticed that the tree out front was sporting a snazzy new coat of many colors, just in time for autumn.


Swallowing my delicious bite of taco al pastor, I casually mentioned to R. Darling that I just didn’t get the what the big freakout over yarnbombing was all about.  I mean, why would anyone waste perfectly good yarn on covering inanimate objects, when all that yarn could be used for charity projects?  I said something much like this to R. Darling as I looked out the window.  And he looked right at me without a moment’s pause and shot back, “Oh, kinda like buying all kinds of yarn, storing it in tubs in the upstairs shower and then not knitting with it either?”  Yikes.  He got me.  I would have mimed being stabbed in the heart and falling over in my chair if he hadn’t been completely and totally right.  So I’m a slow knitter.  And a little bit of a hoarder.  But you can bet my yarn will never be keeping some tree warm on a winter afternoon.  I’m more interested in keeping other people warm, the ones I love and the ones I don’t even know.

The Warmest Potted Plant In The World


9 thoughts on “The Bomb

  1. I have mixed feelings about yarn bombing. Personally it feels like a waste of perfectly good yarn. But at the same time, it makes me smile to see people’s pictures of it. And I love the way it makes people see that knitters are more than just little old grannies.

  2. Well, I’ve been guilty of doing yarn bombing myself, so I guess I think it’s great fun. I actually go out and buy inexpensive acrylic yarn from a craft supplies store for my projects.

  3. Yarn bombing with the cheap stuff is the way to go! I have never done it, yet, but it does seem fun in an odd sort of way….

    And don’t let his comments get you down…stash is hard to explain to anyone that is not a knitter. Trust me, I’ve had three people in my life that I have tried to explain it to and they all looked like deer in the headlights.

    Knit away at your pace and spread the love!

  4. I don’t get the yarnbombing either…and I would look at the stash yarn as a sort of “savings account” for a rainy day. You don’t spend all the money you have in the bank, nor should you knit up all your yarn. Or at least that’s the way I look at it!

  5. Funny you should post this today. I was scoping my yard yesterday for good trees to knit for. ;-) You know you’re obsessed with knitting when you start knitting for trees!

    I am definitely going to use the cheapest stuff but I just had this urge to do it. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  6. LOL As far as yarn bombing, it makes me smile. But I’m assuming the yarn used is cheap acrylic and not the really good stuff. Is it illogical? Yep, but if it brings a smile to a person’s face, I figure it did it’s job. Wonder what my neighbors would say if I yarn bombed my front trees???

  7. Interesting thoughts. I had never really thought of yarn bombing that way. It kind of like the argument against food based fuel methods-why fuel our cars with corn when there are people dying from starvation? I do like the way yarn bombing looks and the way it brightens up a town but I agree that there are people, possibly even homeless ones who sleep under the very trees and benches we bomb, that would appreciate a hat made from that yarn instead.

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