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Yarn Bombing at the Crocker Art Museum

Have you ever heard of yarn bombing? No really, it’s a “thing”, man. There’s this blogger from Berkeley (Blog Name: Streetcolor’s Blog) who goes around knitting and attaching yarn art to poles and things and one day came to Sacramento in the middle of the night to yarn bomb the newly renovated Crocker Art Museum in downtown Sacramento. When I saw Streetcolor’s blog post, I ran down to the Crocker to snap a few photos before some stodgy museum manager guy insist it be removed.

Yarn Bomb at Crocker Art Gallery 2

Yarn Bomb at Crocker Art Gallery 2

Character-defining moments exist where people make decisions and in this case, mine eyes have seen the glory of the Crocker Art Museum. Why? Because they CHOSE to keep their gift of art adorning the pole outside their entrance, rather than being party poopers and ripping it down, claiming some ostensible poppycock about city regulations and defacing property and blah blah blah.

You might be saying, “But Margaret, by allowing it to stay, the yarn terrorists have won!”, but I love that Crocker has embraced this action of gorgeous vandalism. Not only have they allowed the yarn bombing to remain, they announced it via social media. “We’ve been yarn-bombed!” I saw on their Twitter stream one day.

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Even poles should enjoy nice warm coats in the winter, am I right?

So thank you, you rogue knitter, you, whoever you are. And YAY! to yarn-bombing and the Crocker Art Gallery.

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We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Cheryl of Deckside Thoughts who won a goat from our Oxfam Collection Goat Giveaway Giveaway. The goat will go to a needy family in Cheryl’s name.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Oxfam Collection Giveaway and if you’re looking for a worthy charitable cause this year, shop the fashionable Oxfam Collection.

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29 Comments

  1. Kari says:

    If you google “guerilla knitting”, you’ll find other yarn-bombing pics. So fun! :-)

    It was nice to meet you last night!! :-)

    1. It was great meeting you as well! I look forward to the next time!

  2. Nezzy says:

    Truly amazin’ what people come up with isn’t it??? Yarn bombing…the pole looks great!

    Have a greatly blessed day sweetie!!!

  3. I know a few other bloggers who graffiti knit but I’ve never actually seen their work in person. High five to you for going and taking a pic to appreciate their craft. It’s so cool.
    Hope you’re ready for the holidays! Cheers, jj

  4. I had not heard of the yarn bomber… that is amazing. So the person must knit and then would they not have to stitch up the side once the pole is wrapped? I wonder how they do that!

  5. Mikewj says:

    The yarn bombers have won. Now I suppose we’re all going to have to take off our sweaters, ski caps and underwear when we go through airport security. That’s a lot, Sacramento!

    1. Mikewj says:

      I meant to say, thanks a lot, Sacramento. Somebody ought to yarm bomb me.

      1. Ha! Mike – you’re killing me.

  6. JunkDrawer says:

    I love this idea! It reminded me of an article I just read recently about a local woman who’s “scarf bombing” her city. Here’s the whole article if anyone is interested.

    Here is the start of it to get the gist:

    Quakertown was bombed Friday night.

    No injuries or damage were reported.

    That’s because the weapon of choice was yarn. This bombing was an act of charity, not terrorism.

    Friday night, Nina Haldeman and her staff from Juniper Place Yarns store placed 41 hand-knitted and crocheted scarves on parking meters and railings in downtown Quakertown.

    The scarves were each tagged with a note that read: “Need a Scarf? Please take me!!”

    By Saturday morning, less than 12 hours after they were tied, all the scarves were gone.

  7. Sheila says:

    I’ve never heard of yarn-bombers before – I have an image of a bunch of little old ladies pulling up beside a pole jumping out and doing there thing junping back in and hauling ass, giggling all the way. Let’s hope they keep their glasses on and don’t ever plan on a location next to a male strip club, there could be repercussions.

    1. I love the idea of a bunch of little old ladies jumping out of their cars – ha!

      Hey, did you get a new email address? I’ve been trying to send you emails but haven’t gotten a response. They were to a different address. verizon.net I think. Can you send me a email so we can test back and forth?

    2. Sheila says:

      YES – I have a new email reagansultani@gmail.com – I’ve been trying to change it everywhere but after using the last one for so many years its a nightmare.

  8. I love this! What a great way to spread cheer and all things leg warmers! How does she do it (presuming she is a she)? I suspect, after gazing at the pole for too long, that she has the piece knitted and then applies it to the pole and then stiches it together.

    1. I think that is how she (he?) did it. Bring the done piece and stitch it onto the pole when you get there.

  9. Nicky says:

    That is a really great idea! Now I wish I knew how to knit…

    1. Mikewj says:

      I wish you knew how to knit, too. I could really use some new mittens.

  10. Jayne says:

    What an interesting thing to do and kudos to the stuffed shirts who saw the beauty and humor it. Art is in the eyes of the beholder, after all.

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  12. Karlatelega says:

    Can you imagine the number of hours it took to make that? Hooray for the Crocker Museum’s staff, who recognized that art comes in many forms.

  13. Hokgardner says:

    As a confirmed knitter I love hearing about yarn bombings.

    And Cheryl sure is lucky. She won my oxfam giveaway too!

  14. OMG!! The Crocker Art Museum TOTALLY ROCKS for keeping it, and tweeting it too!

    1. PS: Congratulations to Cheryl of Deckside Thoughts

  15. Anonymous says:

    I have seen all those yarn bomb photos and they are really something.
    And congrats to Cheryl who is just the sweetest blogger around. I’m thrilled a goat is going out in her name!

  16. Pricilla says:

    I am all for goats going to deserving families.As long as it is not me. I am where I belong.

    I wish someone would yarn bomb me. I am old. I get cold.
    Do you have connections. I could be art.
    Really. I could

    1. Yeah, I’m not sure how’d you’d like Africa.

      Also? Perhaps the local knitting club takes applications for yarn-bombing?

  17. Cheryl says:

    Thank you so much for the goat donation. I love that you helped someone out and let us play along.

    I’m going to get the knitters in my world involved in yarn bombing. They are mad women and men. They’re gonna love it.

    1. Yes! Why say you’re knitting a scarf when you can say you’re knitting a tree sweater?

  18. Olga visited a Yarn Bomber/Artist a couple of years ago…. http://olgathetravelingbra.blogspot.com/search/label/Ohio%2FYellow%20Springs%20%28Knit%20Knot%20Tree%29
    I think it’s a VERY cool idea!!! :)

    1. Wow! That knit-knot tree blows the pole away! I wonder if they have bra-bombing…