We need to talk about yarnbombing


When yarnbombing first started happening, I was super excited about it, because I love crocheting and the occasional knitting, and yarn is just great. Just seeing yarn crafts makes me happy.

But after a while, yarn bombing stuff starts to look really, really gross. Because, you know, weather. It basically just turns into litter that’s tied to stuff. Acrylic yarn (what most yarn is) doesn’t decompose, and even yarn made from natural fibers takes a long time to decompose and it looks really, really gross while that’s happening.

If you yarnbomb something, it’s your responsibility to take it down later.

Also, there are plenty of charities that welcome yarn crafted items (hats, blankets, etc.) either to donate or to sell for donations. People who like yarn crafts but don’t have a project right now should consider how they spend their time, but I’m not here to tell you that you have to knit for charity or judge you for your knitting projects, but it is something to consider.

Yarnbombing trees is particularly bad.

Not only does the yarn start looking gross, but it retains water and causes the tree bark to rot.

Even natural fibers will cause this, because they don’t decompose quickly.

Yarnbombing trees looks really cool, but it should only be done for a short time (like two or three days). If you want to yarn bomb trees in a park as decoration for your wedding ceremony, that’s awesome! It’s going to look amazing (and cozy!) at the event and in your pictures. Just make sure you (or a friend of yours) goes to cut the yarn off the trees within a couple days after the event.