I only pay moderate attention to news about yarnbombing these days. I think yarnbombing is a cool art movement but I also feel like the world got a little oversaturated with it in the last year. For that reason, I tend to skip over most articles about random people throwing up some guerilla crochet in their cities. However, I do keep my eye out for cool stories and interesting takes on yarnbombing and that’s exactly what I saw when reading about the Aunty Social stitch ‘n bitch group in Blackpool (in the UK).
Knittaz with Attitude
The yarnbombing group is called the Yarn Bobbings and is a smaller niche of a community stitch group. The larger group is called Knittaz with Attitude and consists of about forty people who meet weekly at a local community center. What really interested me about it is that this group is actually part of a larger community network called Aunty Social.
AntiSocial vs Aunty Social
The idea behind the name is to get people out from behind their TV and computer screens and into the real world and the larger community. The witty name reminds us that there’s value to ending your solitary anti-social behavior and contributing to something within the bigger community. The group also wants to encourage people specifically to get out of their homes at night so that they see their community as a friendly, social place rather than a bad, scary place. Aunty Social seems like a great friendly woman you want to get to know, right? I like this idea.
Yarnbombing and Other Niches
The Aunty Social Group has a little bit of something for everyone. There is a mobile cinema meeting for people interested in the world of non-mainstream film. There are lessons in social media for organizations that could stand to leverage this knowledge. And then there’s the Yarn Bobbins, the group for yarnbombers in Knittaz with Attitude. Their slogan is “keep Blackpool toasty!” which is not only in line with the warmth of crochet and knit bombs but also with the bigger message of the Aunty Social group. I think it’s a nice way to show that yarnbombing and community can go hand-in-hand rather than being at odds.