Yarn-bombing in Action on 17th Street

Thanks to @ribbit24 for catching some yarn bombing in action Sat. afternoon on 17th St, NW in Dupont:

“yarn-bombing in process on 17th street! Lots of people giving props to one sweet lady!”

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  • This is my favorite yarn bombing yet! Those leaves must have been fun to make.

  • That is a huge and complicated piece – Thanks You Yarn Bomber!

  • I don’t like actually seeing the yarn bombers in person. It’s like catching Santa Claus.

  • I always pictured knitting hipsters, not sweet old ladies.

  • This one looks awesome, perfect for fall, great for my daily walk to work. Props!

  • I know this lady personally. She is indeed a sweet person!!!!

  • If this knitter reads this post, I want her to know how awesome she has made the neighborhood. I’ve really enjoyed the yarn on the trees on 17th this year and I know the neighbors think it’s great. This piece is beautiful. Knit on!

  • binpetworth

    May I ask a basic question: How does yarn bombing work? Does the person take measurements and knit at home, and then stitch the piece together once it’s near final? A tree seems pretty easy, but I’m especially intrigued by how they do it around bikes and the like…

  • What a great addition to my street!

  • I’m so happy to hear that so many of you enjoy the tree. My friend Wendy crocheted the leaves and I knitted the sleeve. The “sleeve” was knitted and then seamed on the tree. I try to do each stripe in a different pattern – some stitches don’t work when they are stretched. It’s not as easy as you might think to work with a tree. The one we’ve adopted has some bumps that have to be accommodated. It’s not like a pole that is the same circumference. For this project, once the sleeve was stitched on the tree, we sewed on the leaves. The installation took 3 days. The first day, we stitched the sleeve on and sewed on some of the leaves. The second day more leaves were stitched on and on the third day the final leaves were stitched. So, it is a little more complicated that it might seem, but it is all worth it when we see how much people enjoy it. I especially love the reactions of the children and encourage them to touch and feel the different textures. In the process of installing the project I have gotten to know many of my neighbors and have learned more about the people I already knew. I lLOVE the person who called me an aging hipster! By the way, yarnbombiing is traditionally done in the dark of night and anonomously, but we could not have done this project in the dark. Plus, I like tallking to people while I’m working on it. If you have taken pictures of the tree with someone posed with it, please e-mail a copy to me at ladyjn423@aim.com. I think I’d like to make a collage – for my personal use only. Thanks for all your wonderful comments.

    • Thanks for the details– you’ve inspired me to do this someday (unfortunately I’m a really slow knitter).

  • I’d like to know what permission these “artists” received from the District to deface public property. I worry not only about the precedent this sets but the overall health of trees exposed to this sort of torture. We can’t afford to lose our tree canopy yet these yarn-bombers seem determined to destroy it.

    I will be contacting the District to today to lodge a formal complaint. I urge you all to join me.

    • Get a grip. The tree is not being tortured by putting on a wool covering over the bark, which is nothing more than dead cells anyway. And, the trees are already a mess from short root structures and poor nutrients in the soil because of the concrete and run off. Quit wasting the city’s time with your whining. I hate people who complain to complain.

    • You have got to be kidding. The methane gas that your body produces does more harm to the environment than this tree sweater.

    • I’m sorry you feel this is defacing the neighborhood and harming the tree. The tree has plenty of room to breathe and we don’t leave our pieces up for very long. I’m also sorry you don’t appreciate the artistic expression. I sincerely hope that you do not contact the District. Our neighborhood ANCs have seen our work and haven’t asked us to take it down. This work seems to give much pleasure to many people and I would be sad to have to take it down. Would you feel better if it was on a light pole, or would that be considered defacing, too?

  • This is excellent. I love it, love it, love it!

  • I do not mean to be a contrarian but in a city where trees are badly mistreaded, I dislike Yarn-bombing because it adds to the sense that trees are there for anyone to hang things on. Trees already suffer from locked bikes, plastic bands, nails and tacks. Perhaps Yarn-bombs would be better on lamp posts? I think that I shall never see anything as lovely as a tree.

    • This must be agony for you. You’re – obviously – a tree hugger who can only express his love and affection in a platonic way. Because no way you are really allowed to embrace the tree, right?

      • The trees are public, and there is already a sense of license to put on them what you want (I gave you a list). Yarn-bombs are just another assault on a living tree that would probably be better left alone. The forum asked what we felt and this is how I feel. You do not have to agree. But I believe Yarn-bombs add to a sense that it is okay to slap things on trees, and it’s not in fact a good thing to do (is it?) I do like the art though and am sure there are other public forums for it.

        • I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who doesn’t like these.

          • No, you’re definitely not alone. I’m glad that this nice lady derives enjoyment from her hobby. I just don’t understand the need to dress trees up in sweaters.

        • I don’t really care if you like the art/initiative or not, that’s not the point. It’s just this never ending way some Americans find to complain about f*cking everything. I’m pretty sure nobody will take away from this that it’s ok to put nails in a tree or damage it in any other way. Because, believe me, this does not damage the tree even a little bit. I’m flabbergasted that even this needs to be pointed out or clarified. People who think otherwise are not in, but completely out of touch with nature.
          Sorry I’m a little bit on a rant here, it’s just an expression of a general annoyance lately.

  • I saw this on my walk to work today. It made me smile.

  • I am LOLing at the fact that people are actually complaining about this! OMG. I am wondering if the complainers avoid using any vehicle that produces exhaust? Do you pick up all the litter you see on the ground as you walk around town? Do you hate art? I am frankly surprised the complainers think a piece of wool (organic) on the tree will somehow damage it. It’s not like she nailed it on! *smh*

  • The complainers are clearly just yanking our chains. No one with enough intelligence to type could possibly think this hurts trees.

    • The point is, it contributes (in a real way) to the idea that trees are there to do with what you want. In that sense, I would suggest it is harmful.

  • I am ribbit24, the tweeter who submitted the photo. I spent over 45 minutes eating at Annie’s watching this wonderful woman put the finishing touches on her yarn bomb. Over that time, so many people stopped and talked to her, thanked her and walked away smiling. Little things like this bring our community together! ignore all the silly people talking about harming the tree Jane! Your yarn bombs have made a lot of people happy, including myself! keep up the good work!

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