Guerrilla Knitting: Castro Gets Yarn Bombed

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Who's to say the Castro isn't colorful enough? It appears the city's most flamboyant neighborhood has become the victim of "yarnbombing," a trend that was popularized in 2005 in, of all places, Houston, Texas. Now that's a state that could arguably use some more color.

We thank knitting observer Matt Leavitt for snapping this shot of one of the Castro's more sightly public displays.

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Why do poles need sweaters?

Curious about this guerrilla art, we did a quick Google search and found that knit graffiti is so popular it even has its own Wikipedia page!

While we do support covering up those Castro poles, we'd really like to see these artists put their grandma graffiti skills toward making BART a little cleaner and more colorful.

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Courtesy of Streetcolor


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cathy robinson
cathy robinson

definitely not a waste of yarn. art is not waste and knitting a pair of socks for anyone can be daunting.  people normally only knit socks for themselves or loved ones.

Cybersleuth
Cybersleuth

What a waste of yarn. Although colorful, perhaps a better use would be to knit hats and mufflers for homeless folks who need to stay warm. Socks anyone? Tons of free patterns are available online, too.

Postcard
Postcard

Public art is not a waste! It shows care for a community, something that starts conversation among neighbors and makes people pay attention to what is around them. As someone who has worked for homeless shelters, knitting items for the homeless—while well intended on the part of the knitter—is not always the best use of resources either. AND these activities are not mutually exclusive. The theme is showing care for your community can take on many different forms and I believe all are important.

Victoria Barton
Victoria Barton

thank you postcard I agree completely with you and knitting socks to give to homeless people gosh it would be bette rto go to the dollar store and buy some to donate same for hats and scarfs

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Victoria Barton
Victoria Barton

that is one persons opinion. it is easier to go to the dollar store and by hats as opposed knitting a lovely hat that is wool and probably end up being felted or ruined by being handled improperly. as well its art its not a waste and obviously you have never seen someone knit socks it takes four double point needles and can take a long time,. not to mention turning a heel can be an absolute pain sometimes.

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