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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551522551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551522555
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is part coffee-table book, with color photographs of creative bombs, and part tutorial, with tips like wearing 'ninja' black to avoid capture. The book borrows from the vernacular of street graffiti and half-jokingly positions yarn bombing as an illicit alternative for knitters bored making yet another Christmas sweater. It asks readers to get off their rocking chairs and 'take back the knit.'" —New York Times

"Great photos, stories, and instructions." —Utne Reader

"In Yarn Bombing, beautiful full-page photos illustrate the unique visual balance of street art and traditional stitching.... After reading it you may well be inspired to pick up your needles or obtain your first crochet hook: Novices are welcome, and full chapters are devoted to tutorials." —Bitch

"Yarn Bombing extends Stitch 'n' Bitch's approach to knitting, appealing to hipster knitters with attractive photography and irreverent patterns, reclaiming knitting as an act that is both feminist and anarchic."—Quill and Quire

"An inspiring and unforgettable look at the world of knit graffiti and the creative folks behind it, Yarn Bombing deserves a place on any hip crafter's bookshelf." —Debbie Stoller, editor-in-chief of BUST magazine and author of the Stitch 'n Bitch books

About the Author

Mandy Moore is the technical editrix of popular online knitting magazine Knitty.com, and of various other knitting and crochet books and publications. She blogs about her life at yarnageddon.com. She lives in Vancouver, BC. Leanne Prain co-founded a stitch and bitch called Knitting and Beer in order to expand her skills while knitting at the pub. A professional graphic designer, Leanne holds degrees in creative writing, art history, and publishing. She lives and knits in Vancouver, BC.

More About the Author

Crafty since childhood, Leanne learned to sew at an early age. She has a passion for handmade work of all sorts, but in particular: stitch-work, silk-screening, knitting, and textile design.

Introduced to the subversive DIY movement in the early 1990's, the political and cultural aspects of modern handicrafts have turned into a downright obsession for Leanne. Her writing spans craft, culture, design, and storytelling - and she enjoys looking for the intersections between the handmade and fabricated, and the intentional and the accidental.

Leanne is the author of three books: Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti (co-authored with Mandy Moore); Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery; and Strange Material: Story-telling Through Textiles, all published by Arsenal Pulp Press. Her writing and design work has been featured in design magazines and anthologies throughout Canada, the US, and Australia.

She lives and writes in Vancouver, Canada.


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The kids loved it.
Karen Rhoades
At its core, however, the book is an outstanding how-to guide and resource manual for getting started.
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It also has photos of some amazing knit and crochet public art projects.
10-Year Mom

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By 10-Year Mom on September 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you knit or crochet, you have to see this book! It's full of photos of "yarn bombing", which is adding knit and crochet touches and accents to public places, sort of like graffiti with yarn (my words). It also has photos of some amazing knit and crochet public art projects. There are also a few patterns to get you started doing your own part to beautify the world with knit and crochet. Even if that's not your thing, this book is still fun to look at.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Haley Mathiot VINE VOICE on November 16, 2009
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Yarn Bombing--the art of crochet and knit graffiti by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain
Genre: craft/art
Rating: 4/5

Yarn Bombing is an extremely inspirational and creative book. It got my knitting juices flowing and made my hands itch for the needles when I saw pictures of colorful yarn knit into... beautiful graffiti?

Yes, yarn graffiti. Yarn Bombing is a rather large thing in big cities and even other countries where knitting is prominent, especially Sweden (see links below).

Yarn Bombing has many fantastic pictures, ideas for bombing, some basics for getting started, points and tips, advice on what to say if you get caught in the act (either by passer-bys or police), interviews with yarn bombers, and some patterns.

Here is my favorite pattern:
this pattern is for chain-link fence weave:
1. Cast On 12.
2. Open a bottle of wine.
3. Knit every row until sober.
4. Bind off
5. Repeat 1-4 seven more times...

I find this hilarious, though some people who aren't knitters may not. By the way, the real pattern for the chain link fence weave is written in the book right under that ;)

There are patterns in the book for knitting items for yourself, such as arm warmers, hoods that cover your whole face except your eyes (so you can be a ninja-yarn-bomber!) sweaters, and some other stuff. Some of the bombing patterns include treesweaters, knit tulips and mushrooms, Knit sneakers to hang over wires, Bolo balls, Elf Stockings, and more.

I give it a 4/5 because, considering that graffiti is illegal and I'm perusing Criminology... let's just say that I'm being gracious(and I'm actually considering giving this a try... I'll keep you posted on that one ;).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By skye on December 27, 2009
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Most of the ideas in this book are totally practical!! However the ones that aren't (like covering a school bus)are still quite enjoyable to ponder. Yarn Bombing will definately hang out on my coffee table for at least a little while for other people to enjoy as well. It's so fun to flip through and I've already started my first project! It's a must for those fiber artists who like to live a little on the edge!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pete M on May 19, 2011
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I bought this book for my super hip mom for Mother's Day and she and I both LOVE it! Living in Houston I was able to watch first hand as local knitting group Knitta exploded onto the street art scene quickly spreading across the country and globe spreading their positive (and non-destructive) knitted vibes. Mom, being an avid knitter on her own, has always loved the idea of using knitting in more unconventional and creative ways and as a result has always loved when I share with her the expanding world of knitted street art. This book provides tons of great images and tips for fun projects small to large that one can do, or if you're like me, you can just admire the playful ways in which people all over the world have adapted their knitting skills. After thumbing through the book the first time my mom was already telling me about the ways she was excited to get creative herself, and pull away from the typical knitted hats and scarves!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Glesby on October 24, 2009
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Taking the world by storm, yarn bombing has become a great way to express yourself without the rules that traditional knitting ties you to. Authors Moore and Prain have created a great full colour introduction to DIY graffiti knitting for anyone interested in learning the ins and outs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Matlack VINE VOICE on November 27, 2009
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I first read an article about yarn bombing about three years ago in Vogues Knit1 magazine and enjoyed the idea that yet another fun trend in the world of fiber arts had been discovered. What I didn't know until now was just how pervasive it is. This fantastic little book illustrates it's scope by featuring yarn-bombers around the world. It also includes the prerequisite patterns to help inspire design in "tagging" but for me I was riveted by the artists/bombers themselves as well as the photos which are a laugh and a surprise in their detail as well as innovation in "tag" placement.

On a social scale I was mesmerized, from a creative aspect I am blown away and can't wait go to work with my own yarn stash leftovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on July 8, 2012
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There are so many beautiful pictures and wonderful ideas and tips in this book! A must have for bombers everywhere!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AZReader on June 27, 2010
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This is a beautiful book exploring the many ways modern knitters and crocheters are speaking out in public with their work. The photos are gorgeous and the contect is fun and thought-provoking. There are how-to sections as well as stories on the crafters' motivations and history.
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