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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Yarn Bombing a Bridge

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The Broadway Bridge in Portland will turn 100 next month and volunteers have come up with a creative way to honor it: YARN BOMBING!

The bridge is the longest rail-type Bascule bridge still in existence.  It spans 1,742 feet (571 meters) over the Willamette River, in Portland, Oregon.  Organizers hope to cover one whole side with their knit and crochet handiwork.  So far, 150 volunteers have helped create a yarn banner shown above;  it’s already the city’s largest knitted art installation in history.

The project will end with a block party on August 10, to celebrate the 100th Birthday of the Broadway Bridge.


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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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What a beautiful day in the neighborhood…

The latest victim of a yarn bombing is this Mr Rogers statue in Pittsburgh.  Anyone who grew up watching this children’s television icon knows that each afternoon he came in the door and swapped his suit jacket for a lovely cardigan, so this couldn’t be more perfect.

Additional info and photo available HERE

It’s Park Season

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Flipping through my WordPress reader this morning, I came across this lovely example of  guerrilla knitting.  Since it is a combination of many of my favorite things (yarn, sunshine, and geekery), I had to share it with you.

“Park It” was done by yarn artist Knits For Life over 4th of July weekend.  Inspired by Hottea’s Minneapolis fence work, she set out to bring some new life into her sister’s town of Foster City.  Simply wonderful!

Home Sweet Home

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Buzz Feed posted an article the other day:  34 Adorable Things to Do With Leftover Yarn.  Of course I had to read it.  Number 24 on the list was “Make Wall Art” and showed the above photo.  Completely intrigued, I wanted to learn more.

With a little research, I found that the piece “Home Sweet Home” was done by UK artist Debbie Smyth.  According to her agent, “Smyth’s playful, yet sophisticated folio is created by stretching a network of threads between accurately plotted pins. Her work beautifully blurs the boundaries between fine art drawings and textile art, flat and 3D work, illustration and embroidery. The execution of her line literally lifts the image off the page, in a series of ‘pin and thread’ clusters.”

I hope you enjoy her work as much as I did.