Yarn bombing hit Whistler for the first time last Monday in the form of a multicolored scarf aloft the great Inukshuk at Whistler Village Gateway Loop.
The practice is a global movement which has gathered great momentum in the past six and a half years, and is now helping the fight to banish the perception of knitting as something archaic, old fashioned and best left to your grandma.
What is it? Although the name suggests a level of defiance, danger & damage, in reality yarn bombing is a way for knitters and crocheters to share and connect with the world around them, in a colorful and creative way.
Whether yarn bombing is done in stealth or with permission, I think it’s an extremely positive, creative, uplifting, happy experience for the people creating it as well as the people seeing it and living with it.
But despite this, yarn bombing is often referred to as a type of graffiti, which because of the connotations this word carries, upsets this blogger.
I can’t see a world, where I could see a statue, draped in a cozy scarf, and not crack a smile. Whats more, if the morning bus full of smiling Whistlerites, is something to go on, then I might not be the only one.
There seems to be a great difference in the perception of this art form, between those who knit or crochet and those who don’t. And although the movement is growing it’s hard to say how much of a lasting memory in society it will have until it is appreciated by the non knitting world.
However looks like the Whistler community is on it’s way to understanding the joy of the yarn bomb, and that’s a great start.
Luckily some of our wonderful knit night girls managed to get a snap with the Inukshuk scarf before it was gone, hopefully to a wonderful home.