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"Yarn Bombing"- what do you think?

We got an interesting call this week from a representative of a local park in Cape May, NJ.
Since late February, a team of mystery knitters has been "attacking" the park by attaching swatches of knitted fabric to trees and lamp posts. You may have seen the story on Facebook, Twitter, or Ravelry, CBS picked up the story so it got a lot of media attention. Most of the town's residents like the guerrilla knitters and don't mind the addition the park's landscape.

If you haven't seen photos of the park yet, you can see them on the CBS web site and get the whole story.

The caller told me they know the identities of the "knit bombers", but have decided not to release them, but the mayor and the town are supporting the knitters. They wanted to know if we wanted to partner on some events and if we had recommendations for charities they could support. I suggested the Preemie Project and Project Linus and offered to send raffle prizes for an event this summer and a knit in they're holding in the park this weekend. On a whim, I also offered to send the two mystery knitters each a nickel plated Options set. I figured those are our fastest, slickest needles, and if the worlds fastest knitter likes them, the "knit bombers" might too. I mean, that's a lot of stockinette to knit in one night!

Of course, Cape May's mystery knitters are not the first yarn bombers in history, and I'm sure they won't be the last. What do you guys think of yarn bombing? Is it funny and harmless? A public nuisance? A waste of yarn? A great way to recruit new knitters? A way to beautify our urban landscapes? I want to hear your opinions!

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Comment by cherylbwaters on May 6, 2010 at 1:29pm
OMG, Angela, I only saw this blog because I came to look for your "I should have listened to Kelley (AGAIN)!" blog. It's funny because I did a blog about Knitta Please just a couple of weeks ago. I had done it because Pure Romance by Evelyn had talked about yarnfitti in the Backyard Garden Kit contest.
Comment by banklady6 on April 12, 2010 at 3:26pm
I was down in CApe MAy over the weekend, and either I was looking in the wrong park (thought it said West Cape MAy), or the yarn is gone. I was hoping to get you guys na updated picture!
Comment by Martha on April 12, 2010 at 12:16pm
Way to go, Angela and Marci! Not only is this a boost to a local business (and how easy is that in the case of KP), but you are boosting knitting, too. Isn't it wonderful to read positive news.-M
Comment by Angela on April 12, 2010 at 9:22am
One of our local papers, The Columbian, posted an article today about KP and the Knit Bombers. They quoted me and Marci!
Comment by wendy on March 26, 2010 at 9:59pm
I love it!
Comment by Lisa C. on March 26, 2010 at 12:29pm
I love it! If I still lived in NJ, I would want to participate :-)
Comment by banklady6 on March 23, 2010 at 5:41pm
I can't believe I missed this!!!!
This has to be the work of the yarn shop in Cape May I go to when I'm down I am VERY disappointed I haven't made it there lately..grrr..have to take close up look VERY soon! I spoke to one woman who worked at the shop last summer when I was there, and she couldn't say enough nice things about KP.
Comment by GothKitty on March 23, 2010 at 1:07pm
ZOMG!! That is made of awesomeness!!
Comment by Tara Addesa on March 21, 2010 at 9:16pm
Hey Julienne Now We KnoW What to Do with Alll the 1 of This 1 of That Skeins we want to Try out & See If we Likey likey :)))) Turn them All into Diff Size Scarves to Hang on Those Statues for Cold Folks Strolling thru the Parks !!! Love love love That Idea eh ?? Especially since the Snows decided to Keep Shrouding ItSelf in the Deep South as Well as the Traditional Snow areas !! I'm Still Shaking my head over SnoW in Dallas in Spring (late March) think Someones Trying to Tell Us to Keep Knitting the Scarves & Keep as Many Peeps Warm as Possible :))) Via Yarn Bombings just as Good a Way as Any :)))) How CutE was the Raining Cats & Dogs !!! Adorable Cuteness Clever And a Helping Hand of Scarves to Keep neighbors Warm !! Bravoooo KnitterS :))) love it when YoU Prove Me right ... You Do have the Worlds Biggest Hearts & are the Most FuN to Know !!
Comment by Laura A. Roberts on March 21, 2010 at 5:38pm
I think it's great! What a way to add a little color to the town! And some color is very much needed during the gloomy days of winter. Keep it up yarn bombers!!!

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