I wrote about the homely act of yarn bombing for Youth Central. Yarn bombing (also known as guerilla knitting or woolly tagging) is the act of making graffiti using knitting and crochet, and I talked to some rad ladies from Melbourne and New Zealand about why they do it!
It was two in the afternoon as “Bali” tagged the thick grey pole on Melville Street in West Brunswick. She looked around furtively. “I usually put them up late at night or early in the morning,” she said. “I don’t like people watching.”
In a café behind her, staff and patrons watched with mild curiosity. Bali finished attaching her tag with a knot, cut her needle off, and attached a note to lead curious passers-by to her blog, Twilight Taggers.
However, unlike the ugly scrawled tags on trains and brick walls, Bali’s graffiti is a length of knitted black wool stretched around the pole and adorned with colourful crochet flowers.