Monday, April 13, 2009

Knitters Against Knit Graffiti?

Per Sarah's Knitting Blog at About.com:

"A story on yarn bombers in the Vancouver Sun raised the ire of some more traditional knitters who said the knit graffiti isn't attractive, may actually harm the trees and is a waste of good yarn that could be better used knitting for a person in need rather than a lightpost"

I say- what a bunch of hooey! We need to be extra strong on World Wide Knit In Public Day to turn them into knit graffiti lovers!

7 comments:

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JafaBrit's Art said...

Oh boy have I heard these arguments ad infinitum, and here is the scoop, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, no it hasn't been proven to hurt trees (and none of the experts we talked to thought it would either), and how I choose to use my arts and crafts supplies is not for others to determine. Homeless shelters have a priority list of needs and knitting isn't one of them. AND how I choose to spend my time is up to me.
So yes I agree with you their complaints are for the birds.

regards Corrine

TopHat said...

I just found this blog. I think it rocks! My little city here needs some knit graffiti lovin' for sure! I think I might get some knit on for KIP Day!

grrl+dog said...

Yah,

I've got my very own scissor sister who stalks my knits, saying it's her right to snip.

And it is.

Hope she can run fast.

mamakin said...

First, I couldn't help myself, your title Covered in Knit immediately brought to mind Covered in bees which led to I like my women like I like my coffee, in a cup.....covered in bees. So after a bit of hysterical laughter which brought the family in to see what was wrong with me, I want to say, I haven't been able to get out much since the accident but when I do I try to bring along a little something I can physically handle to decorate my world with. Everything's made better with knit decorations,and I've often chosen the ugly loopy wire things that are placed around young trees here and are only about 6" tall. What are they there for? Who are they stopping? Do they think dogs can't lift a leg & get their gifts through? They've needed beautification & I do my part whenever I'm able. :-)

communknittea said...

wow...This is the first time Ive heard of anyone who disapproved of knit grafiti...how sad. I think that quote is ridiculous, it always makes me upset when people are like "do it for the less fortunate" when they have no action of their own to back that up (i guess its kind of silly for me to say that without knowing for sure that they havent done anything)
and I work in a homeless shelter and regularily tag different spots within the shelter...people like it, it brightens peoples day and shakes off a little of the mundane, I think thats a pretty valuable thing and a good use of yarn.

snapitstitchitstickit said...

I've just started my own knitting graffiti in Dublin,
http://snapitstitchitstickit.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/grafknity-is-born/
But I have decided that I will only leave the pieces up as long as they still look fresh and pretty. But I don't agree with the original comment against it. It's doing no harm, it's damaging no property, it's using up old wool, it makes people smile and become a little more aware of their surroundings...and it's FUN!!! But then art is there to be loved AND hated! S