Ode to A Yarn Bombing


I met a Raveller from an antique land

Who said: ‘Two vast and trunkless* legs of bronze

Stand in the town square. Above them, on the man,

Half shrunk, a soggy sweater clings, whose size,

And gathered hip, and fitted wrist band

Tell that its knitter well those contours read.

Which yet survive, draped about these lifeless things,

The hand that mocked them while the town was in bed.

And on its breast these intarsia’d words appear –

“My name is Knittymandias, king of kings:

Look on these crafty works, ye Mighty, and despair!”

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal turtleneck, littered everywhere

The scattered strands of  yarn stretch far away.’

*Not wearing pants

A shameless rip-off of Ozymandias, by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Roman warrior Domus – The first action of the group Yarnbombing Coruñés photo by mc2. As seen on http://www.knittingyarn.com

Image from Wool-love functional fiber art blog


  1. I love it. If you ever feel like knitting a cozy sweater for the Bascom Hill Lincoln Statue, let me know. I know you have a lot of spare yarn lying around…

    • If I do, I’m not going to bother trying it nice or stylish. That statue is old and…erm…set in its ways. Probably will think anything I knit is too modern.

      • My grandmother kintted. She died of cancer in 2009 and I didn’t ever get to learn from her. I have set a goal for myself to learn how to knit. Once I learn, I doubt I’ll be making the same things Grandma did, but I think she’d be happy to know that someone is carrying on the family’s yarn love. Amazing yarn and amazing photography, by the way.

    • You know, it might be a small shawl. I have found some shawl patterns, same shape as the btukas, but a little harder to keep my brain on it’s toes. Plus it uses a circular needle which is nice for ttc rides, keeps me from accidentally stabbing people with needles. Accidentally. Heh.

  2. I have yarn bombing on my mind….I’m going to Paris next month and seriously thinking about leaving a statuary with a hat….

      • Hmmm…Liberty fabric soduns like a good idea to me…but honestly I’d hold onto the gift certificate for a couple of days and give it a good thinking (maybe you’ve already done that, though) because some cashmere yarn soduns delicious too.

    • Thank you so much for the great podcast (as usual) & for the YouTube link, I went to Uni in Newport many moons ago and it just crkeacd me up, made me feel quite nostalgic, I can’t stop humming the tune now though!

  3. Southern California Handweavers’ Guild Weaving & Fiber Festival with some of my lovely ktiintng group. This is such a great little festival, I have been the last 2 years and I love it more every

  4. Molly–spot saved for you in my next class. No promises that D won’t steal your yarn ball. Or try to eat your neledes. But I won’t let her touch your coffee. Some things are sacred.

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