You want to yarn bomb, try this instead!
In a recent post, I talked about the knitting fad that has taken hold called arm knitting. I don’t like it. There are a lot of things in life I don’t care for, and this is just one more. You can read all about my disdain for arm knitting right here.
There is one more little thorn in my knitting bush and that’s called yarn bombing. Really?! Its actual name should be yarn wasting, because I could think of so many USEFUL ways to use that yarn that have nothing to do with adorning street poles and stop signs, not to mention park benches, etc, ad nauseam. This, too, has seemed to catch on with lots of people. I’m thinking it has more to do with the social aspect of getting together than the knitting aspect of actually creating something beautiful.
I have a better idea.
Instead of wasting yarn on things like fences, swings, tree trunks and benches do something ELSE with all of that yarn. What happens anyway when it rains? How does all that yarn stand up to the elements? Or is it just a publicity stunt or an instant Instagram moment? Grow up.
So, here’s my better idea. Knit a scarf. One. And hang it on a pole or tree trunk. Attach a label saying “FREE & looking for a good home.”
That’s better! Much better!
You see, there are SO many good ways you can make a difference knitting. One scarf.
Then, do it again. And leave your scarf in a restaurant this time. Or at the bus stop or train station. Not every one who rides these modes of transportation has a job. In this economy, if you have money for yarn, then you have an obligation to give back.
Or pay it forward.
Become the person in your neighborhood who secretly comes to the rescue. No, we can’t change the world. But, RIGHT WERE WE ARE, we can make a difference. It’s not about saving the world; too many people believe unless they can do that, why bother with anything! How wrong can you be.
Here is an easy scarf pattern to whip up in a weekend. It’s a real yarn bomber, in the sense that it uses up your stash. (Which keeps growing exponentially, anyway.)
Easy Knit Scarf
Cast on 38 sts.
Knit 5 rows, noting that the first row is WS and inc 4 sts evenly across the 5th row. 42 sts.
Row 1: (RS). Knit.
Row 2: K3. Purl to last 3 sts. K3.
Rep Rows 1 & 2 until your scarf from beg measures approx 59″ , ending with RS row and dec 4 sts evenly across last row. 38 sts. Knit 4 rows. Cast off knitwise (WS).
You might even break it up by adding different colors as you go or do up a pattern that you can knit for a man, woman or child.
Knit a few scarves, label them, leave them anywhere and see what happens. Or not. Just know that your scarf will be put to good use. I just bet the next time you pass by that park bench or light pole, your scarf won’t be there. Don’t be surprised if you see it dangling happily around someone’s neck the next time you look.
You want to yarn bomb, try something better!
All in a knitting days work.