Mandy Moore is editor of an online knitting magazine

Forget about taking hours to erect those balancing rock towers. Or spray painting subway cars in New York City. The hip thing to do is yarn bombing. Stitch together a sweater for a parking meter. Knit a scarf for a tree trunk. Add woollen bolo balls to a statue. Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain's Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti (Arsenal $19.95) includes "20 kick-ass patterns" for knit and crochet installations, aka works of yarn that can be, ahem, donated to public spaces. Taking their cue from graffiti artists, a new generation of mostly urban knitters, with ninja-like stealth - almost entirely women (tattoos are optional) - are reclaiming the ancient craft of knitting in the name of feminism, pranksterism and art. Soon no fire hydrant will be nude. Crochet anyone? 978-15515-22555


Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti (Arsenal 2009; 3rd printing Arsenal 2014, 2019) 978-15515-22555 $21.95. Tenth Anniversary Edition 978-1-55152-791-8 $24.95.

[BCBW 2019]