Yarn bombing : (also yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, urban knitting, or graffiti knitting). A type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk. (From Wikipedia)
With the Great London Yarn Crawl looming in just over a week's time, you know me - I need to have a new project! And one has presented itself in the best way possible: quick turnaround, fantastic organisation, quirky and fun and a little bit different from the kinds of projects I normally work on. Yarn bombing! And for the Campaign for Wool's upcoming Wool Week UK 2013 this October!
The Campaign for Wool is a cross-industry initiative convened by HRH The Prince of Wales. As a serious environmentalist, the Prince believes the natural, sustainable origin and highly technical structure of wool can offer fashion, interiors and the built environment many superior benefits. Choosing real wool - as the Prince understands - will also help care for our planet.
The combined efforts of the leading wool organisations, industry associations and the textile industry across the world has created a campaign to promote the wonderful properties that wool offers to textiles and in doing so, help support sheep farming as an industry and the textile community internationally.
As part of Campaign for Wool, Wool Week which takes place in the on 14th - 20th October is teaming up with John Lewis. CFW will be taking over one of John Lewis Oxford street window.
Campaign for Wool, needs the support of fellow knitters and yarn bombers in making this possible. If you are interested and wish to get involved please feel free to contact myself.
Okay that last bit is where I come in. I am working with Campaign for Wool, through their PR agency, to help track down knitters and crocheters and get as many pieces of yarn bombing as we can by October 7! This is the perfect opportunity to stash dive for those ends of yarn you no longer need, or those gauge swatches!
UPDATE: I spoke to my contact late yesterday and they are requesting all of the knitting (and/or crochet) to be in BRIGHT, SOLID COLOURS if possible and SQUARE SHAPES. Size does not matter so much as long as they are square but gauge swatches are perfect for this!
Can you help? Please knit or crochet your yarn bombing (making sure that there is some percentage of wool in the yarn you are using!) and get in touch with me at allison at champagneandqiviut dot com to find out where you can send your finished pieces.
Then, plan on popping over to Oxford Street and the John Lewis window to see how the installation evolves over the course of Wool Week!
And since time is tight, can I also ask that you send the link to this blog post to your friends and as many knitting folks as you can? Thank you so much and I look forward to seeing all of your wonderful yarn bombings!