I didn’t know that yarnbombing was a thing until I saw my first ever yarnbombing in Passau.
OK, so at first glance this picture looks like some of the images taken on my first ever roll of film. Just a random street. Take another look, this isn’t just any street sign; this is a street sign has been yarnbombed.
Somebody has spent time carefully creating a wonderful piece of intarsia knitting and then used it to wrap the post. Yarnbombing is a branch of Street Art, possibly the only kind that I would be capable of creating myself. We stumbled across the yarnbombing during an ice cream stop in Passau whilst on our summer holidays.
What is intarsia knitting I hear you cry? It is knitting with many different coloured strands of wool to create a pattern. It is fiendishly hard. You have to manage the wool so that the threads do not become knotted whilst also managing to weave in the spare yarns into the back of the fabric without them either being too loose or too tight. At the end you are left with lots and lots of ends that need neatly sewing in. The warm glow of satisfaction of an intarsia jumper successfully knitted is hard to beat.
Do you knit?
Once I’d seen yarnbombing in Passau I have spotted in several places including this particularly fine specimen of street art in Amsterdam.