This year, the North Vancouver city council spent $7500 to distribute yarnbombing kits containing instructions and knitting supplies. One hundred and thirty people met in the parks around North Vancouver to decorate trees, poles, and even dress a bear statue. While the installation was fabulous, this is a temporary art form, so it begged the question: What’s next?
Volunteers from the North Shore recently unwrapped the parks along Lonsdale Avenue. After a good laundering the squares were stitched together to create scarves for homeless people in the neighborhood, whereby giving new life to these yarn-bomb creations.
David Newberry is the community liaison worker at the Lookout Shelter, and he expects these scarves to disappear quickly. “In the winter, we have warm clothes readily available in the lobby,” he says. “Donations that keep people warm, like these scarves, are in high demand at this time of the year.”