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Yarn Bombing The Blue Line

March 8, 2011


Earlier today I got a message from a certain Ishknits yarn bombing artist telling me that she was heading out this afternoon to bomb SEPTA’s Blue Line and invited me to tag along to photograph it all for this blog. (Which, first off, is amazing; thanks to all the street artists who have, and are continuing to, contact me about stuff like this. Love it!!)

Needless to say I hopped right on the El, and from 15th street to 69th street and then back to the Dolphin street stop, she installed 3 pieces on 3 different trains. And even while we started on a near empty train by the end it was the beginning of rush hour and the train was packed, all the people on each train we very excited about the work. Moving out of our way when we needed them too, taking photos, and chatting with both of us. One older woman even asked us excitedly, “is this for the internet?” “Yup, it is, ma’am.”

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67 Comments leave one →
  1. Amanda permalink
    March 8, 2011 9:07 pm

    I love it! Some trees by me are yarned and it makes me really happy every time I walk by them!

  2. March 9, 2011 1:51 am

    That’s so awesome. I’ve always wanted to do something on a larger scale like that.

    Check out our yarn bombing page:

  3. Roger McBride, Sr. permalink
    March 10, 2011 12:29 pm

    Awesome. Putting yourself out there for the world to accept or reject is courage.

  4. March 10, 2011 1:48 pm

    guerrilla knitting!!!

  5. March 10, 2011 1:49 pm

    So cute! Can’t wait to see them on all public transportation!

  6. Laura permalink
    March 10, 2011 1:54 pm

    my son’s college has been yarn bombed and it is so cool. As part of one of their first year seminars, some students learned to knit..thus the yarn bombing started. It was great to visit during Family weekend and see some of it.

  7. March 10, 2011 1:54 pm

    Wow! that is so super great, nothing better than changing someones day and brightening up with something out of the ordinary and colorful! Go yous!

  8. March 10, 2011 1:56 pm

    this is so awesome. i didn’t even know yarn bombing was a thing–i want to do it now :D

  9. March 10, 2011 2:10 pm

    I am in love. :) People can be so awesome


  10. March 10, 2011 2:12 pm

    Now THAT is a kick ass yarn bomb!

  11. B Niemann permalink
    March 10, 2011 2:29 pm

    Why? I may be a bit slow, but the point? I do like it but don’t know why.

  12. March 10, 2011 3:10 pm

    how freaking awesome! lovit

  13. M. Maestas permalink
    March 10, 2011 3:18 pm

    I don’t think in this day and age, that the term “bombing” is appropriate.

  14. March 10, 2011 3:29 pm

    Simple – because it makes people smile. Right? It makes them talk to one another. It’s a positive contribution to your environment in a world that has too little of it. I like it too. :)

  15. March 10, 2011 3:39 pm

    I LOVE it! I hope they leave them there for a while and don’t rip them off at the end of the train’s run tonight. There’s going to be people who see and/or sit on those seats today who leave the el feeling just a little bit happier. What a great thing!

  16. March 10, 2011 3:49 pm

    cute chair! id get all cozy on it!!!

  17. Sherri permalink
    March 10, 2011 4:56 pm

    I like it and hope that the transportation people will not take it off. Keeps all those germs at bay, too!

  18. Robin J permalink
    March 10, 2011 5:07 pm

    Fun! Bright pretty colors….I would definitely sit there if I had to take the El:)

  19. March 10, 2011 5:20 pm

    Definitely an improvement from the usual seats! Keep up the awesome work!

  20. March 10, 2011 8:09 pm

    That is SO cool! Brightens up the whole train car!

  21. March 11, 2011 12:56 am

    what a wonderful idea :) It makes me want to do something like this!!!! Im just in love with the whole idea..

  22. March 11, 2011 5:02 am

    This makes me want to yarn-bomb something!

  23. Kay permalink
    March 11, 2011 2:59 pm

    Totally awesome!!!

  24. March 11, 2011 5:51 pm

    Absolutely love yarn bombing! Awesome that you were able to document it.

  25. March 13, 2011 6:43 pm

    Another example of how well art and mass transit complement each other. This is especially fitting for a line already renowned for the “Love Letter For You” murals.

  26. March 14, 2011 8:52 pm

    Love this! Yarn Bombing, what a novel idea!

  27. auco permalink
    March 14, 2011 9:11 pm

    It’s DAUPHIN, not DOLPHIN…

    Just saying…


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