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Dublin: 9 °C Friday 24 October, 2014

Welcome to the world of the yarnarchist

Yarn bombing – it’s not a great name, but it does describe the gentlest guerilla graffiti movement around…

IT’S GRAFFITI BUT not as we know it. Our inclusion of a ‘yarnbombing’ creation to illustrate this morning’s The 9 at 9 created some interest on Twitter from knitting enthusiasts.

In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s where arts and crafts types try to make the world a little less of a cold place by knitting and crocheting ‘warmers’ for street furniture and at public locations. The Guardian’s Maddy Costa went out on the trail of the yarnarchist last October for this article.

As it happens, the phenomenon is probably best chronicled by the knit wits themselves in colourful blogs such and sites such as the Yarn Bombing Facebook page, Streetcolor’s Blog, and Yarn bombing (‘Improving the urban landscape one stitch at a time’).

Here are some examples to warm the cockles…

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  • Tree-warmers

    Trees at the University of Texas, Austin. Image: Matthew Juran/Flickr
  • In bloom

    Images: Bikejuju/Flickr
  • On yer trike

    Image: Sam Szapucki/Flickr
  • Raw materials

    A giant ball of yarn shows up on a Brisbane street, Australia. Image: David Jackmanson/Flickr
  • Soft-touch shelter

    A bus shelter gets yarnbombed. Aine D/Flickr
  • Round trip

    Image: Dominic Bartolini/FlickrSource: Dominic Bartolini via Flickr
  • May pole

    Outside the Crocker art museum, Sacramento Image: Robert Couse-Baker/FlickrSource: Robert Couse-Baker via Flickr
  • Soft landing

    Smart car at Vatican City, Italy. Image: StartTheDay/FlickrSource: StartTheDay via Flickr
  • Game for a laugh

    Nintendo get into the yarn/knit bomb trend with this installation in London. Image: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
  • Wooden it be nice

    The Knit Knot tree in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Image: AP Photo/Skip Peterson.
  • Lion knit-king

    A statue in Trafalgar Square, London gets a lion-sized scarf. Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Images.

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