Peeps ahoy! Easter ‘yarn bomb’ on a West Seattle bridge

April 23, 2011 at 7:14 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 18 Comments

This photo arrived in a two-part communique from the mysterious, and apparently growing, YarnCore knitting collective, so we haven’t seen the new, Peeps-equipped “yarn bomb” in person. But you can probably tell which bridge it’s on – one that in fact has sported Christmas decorations for years (bright red bows, though we didn’t see them turn up last year). YarnCore’s website has other photos that’ll give you a closer look at the multi-faceted creation, which arrived one month after her/his/their first one.

18 Comments

  1. definitely a happy maker :)

    Comment by JanS — 7:55 pm April 23, 2011 #

  2. And those Peeps will still be good next year!

    Comment by Adam Richter — 9:03 pm April 23, 2011 #

  3. Yarn Bombs Rock!!! Way to go!!!

    Comment by Tori — 9:19 pm April 23, 2011 #

  4. Love this and the one in the junction, too!

    Comment by Cynthia Turner — 9:22 pm April 23, 2011 #

  5. Love it!

    Comment by LatteRose — 11:32 pm April 23, 2011 #

  6. I saw a house on Eddy with 300 peeps in the front yard. So cute.

    Comment by marketgal — 9:20 am April 24, 2011 #

  7. I hope all the peeps don’t melt in the rain!

    Comment by YarnCore — 9:34 am April 24, 2011 #

  8. This kind of event was better when it was left anonymous. I find it silly that this lady is running around bragging and contacting the blog with “hey look at me” pictures (like the first one at admiral/CA). I can see if others sent in pictures, which I’m sure they did, but leave it at that. I don’t need a heads up from the knitter everytime she needs a pat on the back for installing another “surprise” around West Seattle.

    Guerrilla needle workers have generally always been anonymous. Let’s keep it that way.

    Comment by Alkimama — 7:40 am April 25, 2011 #

  9. Alkimama, FWIW, for context: There’s not really any anonymity left in a Facebook/Twitter/website-enabled world (we tried that ourselves for a couple years … before the social-media explosion!). And maybe this will eventually be old news; but on pre-Easter Saturday night, there wasn’t much else happening (till the weekend’s first of two house-fire calls a couple hours later). At least one of the previously mentioned ‘yarn bombs’ wasn’t called specifically to our attention; we spotted it online first. For another one, the photo was ours, once we guessed where a reported yarn bomb had turned up. And re: “this lady” – there are actually multiple participants now, and this pic/tip did NOT come from the original ‘bomber.’ Maybe many things in the world would be better left undiscovered/unnoted … but if they were, I’d be out of business! – TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:19 am April 25, 2011 #

  10. Hey Alkimama – your comment “guerrilla needle workers have generally always been anonymous” is completely wrong, or else we wouldn’t have or be familiar with famous yarn bombers Knitta Please (Magda Sayeg http://www.magdasayeg.com/home.html) or Olek (a world renowned knit sculpture artist).
    .
    People like Twilight Taggers of Melbourne (http://twilighttaggers.blogspot.com/) and Knit The City of London (http://knitthecity.com/about/) have been doing this for a while, and they ALWAYS leave a calling card. I’m just emulating my influences.
    .
    For that matter, we wouldn’t know who people like Banksy, Invader and Shepard Fairey were if they didn’t have some sort of calling card or specific style of street art. I consider this to be my art, as silly as it may seem to some, and I think it’s perfectly fine to sign my art. I’m not going around saying LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME, I’m going around creating art and putting my signature on it and writing about it in my own blog. I never asked anyone to write a story about it, particularly never asked WSB to do a story about it, they asked ME. If you don’t like my blog, here’s an idea, don’t bother reading it. A lot of people seem to be enjoying it, so I don’t see the harm.

    Comment by yarncore — 9:29 am April 25, 2011 #

  11. I love it! I can’t wait to see more yarn bombing. Keep up the good work, West Seattle knitters!

    This blog can be a place to lift members of our community up, not criticize them for what we think they should or shouldn’t do/have done like so many other internet sites where users are anonymous and never have to face the people they are insulting. If you don’t have anything nice to say… always a good rule to keep in mind.

    Comment by ElizabethElaine — 12:15 pm April 25, 2011 #

  12. Just to clarify, from your friendly neighborhood site owner: This is NOT a criticism-free zone. We have been slashed and bashed ourselves, both on WSB and elsewhere – but best of all, we have received helpful critiquing and suggestion that in some cases has changed our minds about the way we work. In the ongoing daily work of managing this site, we have declined to approve for publication more than a few comments, related to various stories/efforts (including this one), that are just flat out mean/insulting/not constructive. But there is room for debate/critiquing, relatively respectfully – this is a news site, NOT a “blog,” and we already have rules/guidelines vastly more stringent than most of the rest of the online world, including much bigger sites with much larger staffs, whether you agree with them or not (and believe me, we get critiqued in that department too – but somebody is ultimately accountable, for this site and this site only, and that’s us). I appreciate having learned something from YC’s response to the critiquing commenter that I wouldn’t have learned otherwise – some of those large-scale projects featured on the provided links are jaw-droppingly amazing! – and maybe the critiquing commenter did too. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 12:53 pm April 25, 2011 #

  13. Thanks TR, I understand that criticism is rampant online, I just wanted to take a moment to defend my perspective. Glad you enjoyed the links, there are great groups doing amazing projects all over. I can only dream of having the time and ability to do such things someday. I appreciate that you do at least monitor people who are simply insulting and mean.

    Comment by YarnCore — 3:10 pm April 25, 2011 #

  14. http://www.npr.org/2011/04/25/135705721/crochet-vandals-do-graffiti-like-your-grandma?sc=fb&cc=fp

    Even NPR is commenting…

    Comment by wsmom — 3:42 pm April 25, 2011 #

  15. Community art is news and I like reading about it! Thanks to the artist for the contribution to our neighborhood and thanks to WSB for keeping us informed about it!

    Comment by Kae — 2:19 pm April 26, 2011 #

  16. Alkimama, “Guerrilla needle workers have generally always been anonymous. Let’s keep it that way.”

    Seriously? We’ve been tweeting, blogging and lucky for us now publishing in book form, our yarnstorms since we began. It means that a piece can carry on inspiring people long after it’s been taken down.

    Banksy and many other artists take credit for their work, in a round about way. Why shouldn’t others?

    You know the best thing about yarnstorming. No one can tell you what the rules are. There aren’t any. :)

    Deadly Knitshade (proud founder of London’s Knit the City)

    Comment by Deadly Knitshade — 4:11 am April 27, 2011 #

  17. I think guerilla art makes the world a brighter happier place and it gives youth creative food for thought!!! I encourage and support it 100% rock on yarn core!

    Comment by Lux Wu — 12:03 pm May 1, 2011 #

  18. I am with Deadly Knitshade, and others, putting someone down for signing their work, and sharing it is mean spirited.

    Comment by jafabrit — 11:38 am May 23, 2011 #

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