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Knitting in the News: Yarnbomb Not Welcome and Colorful Knits

By April 12, 2012

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Usually yarn bombings or knit graffiti is embraced by the community in which it is placed as a way to bring a bit of color, whimsy and attention to a space. But someone at the North Branch Library in Berkeley, Calif., wasn't too keen on having the bike racks out front covered in yarn for the library's grand reopening. Stealth knitter Streetcolor said she spent months working on the project, which was removed in less than a day. A librarian said the knitter should have asked permission to decorate the bike racks, but that kind of defeats the purpose, doesn't it?

On the other hand, yarn as public art was embraced at the University of Michigan, where 19 students decorated the railings outside the library with knitting, in part to remind people that handcrafts involve intellectual pursuit just as much as other courses of study do.

And a knitter in Sprowston (that's near Norwich in the UK) is busy working on a massive yarn decoration for the Norwich Pride Picnic, which will take place in July. Margaret Stevenson has knit about 100 meters of rainbow-colored links that will be hung from trees and lampposts in the park at the picnic. She's planning to knit another 100 meters before the event and is scouring town for brightly colored wool.

In charity knitting news, Green Valley, Ariz., knitter Colleen Hay has knit and donated 100 hats of various sizes to the local Salvation Army; a group of Welsh knitters and crocheters has sent a bounty of handmade goodies to help orphans and homeless kids in Romania; stitchers at Boise State are knitting squares for blankets for AIDS orphans; and a senior citizen and her young friend are both busy knitting Izzy dolls for members of the Canadian armed services to give to children they meet around the world.

And finally, a knitter in the UK has stitched up more than 1,000 chicks to raise money for a hospice. Margaret Wright said a friend asked her to help with the appeal a couple of years ago and now she "can't stop knitting chicks." Last year the fundraiser garnered London's Trinity Hospice 8,000.

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