Moore and Prain provide an introduction and history of this creative phenomenon as well as simple projects and suggestions for would-be "taggers." Don't be surprised if this book inspires your library's patrons to knit or crochet cozies for the trees on your library's property.
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.
These guerrilla knitters take to the streets and leave knitted "tags" in their hometown, much like Banksy would if he had a pair of knitting needs. With interviews and tips, this is an inspiring book for knitters and urban art fans alike.
?Knitting magazine (UK)
With a part-instructional new Canadian book released in September and winter on the way, guerrilla knitting seems likely to spread. (After all, poles need sweaters, too.) In Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti, Vancouver authors Leanne Prain and Mandy Moore trace the whimsical movement back to an Austin, Texas, crew called Knitta Please, who tagged a doorknob in Houston in 2005 and spurred a "knit-graffiti revolution" that spread across the blogosphere and around the world.
There are photos on every page that will keep you entertained.... [some] are quite impressive, like a pink crocheted army tank cozy. My favourite is "The Hare," a 200-foot-long pink bunny by Vienna-based art collective Gelatin, stuffed with straw and completely knitted with wool.
[Yarn Bombing] has the perfect mix of technical proficiency, humour, and dedicated artistry that makes knitting communities so popular.... There's something here for everyone.
Great photos, stories, and instructions.
Yarn Bombing is not just a history of the movement, but a how-to guide for aspiring yarn bombers themselves.... [It's] a good reminder that craft, yarn-based or otherwise, is as legitimate a form of expression as any other medium.
Yarn Bombing really strives to give readers a full window into this growing movement.... No stone is left unturned (or without a cozy) in this comprehensive book.
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
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
Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain have written the definitive guidebook---published by Vancouver's fabulous Arsenal Pulp Press---to covert textile street art.... The kick-ass DIY patterns ensure that your attempts at transforming your own locale will move well beyond your grandma's tea cosy.
?The Georgia Straight
The book is beautifully put together and offers a history of yarn graffiti, as well as how to start your own projects, and patterns. I didn't realise how much of a movement was going on with yarn bombing. I've been thinking about trying it for a long time and this book may have just given me that extra inspiration (along with great tutorials).