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'Yarn Bomb' Explodes at Kent Library

Group decorates places throughout Kent with yarn

The Cultured Purls knitting group, which has been meeting at the for more than three years, decorated the library this month with samples of knitting in what is sometimes called a “yarn bombing.”

“Yarn bombing is happening all over the world,” explained Kent Free Library librarian and Cultured Purls leader Rayna Shilling. “We thought, ‘why don’t we do it here!’”

This is at least the third yarn bombing in Kent. Graffiti-style yarn art also decorates a bike rack in front of and a sign post in a garden bed in .

About 15 knitters wrapped the library’s staircase railings with colorful, knitted tubes and hung panels on the section of shelving housing the knitting books — they even attached knitted pieces to a book cart, which librarians then loaded with the library’s newest knitting books available for checkout.

“Yarn bombing gives knitters even more opportunity to be creative,” Shilling said. She encourages visitors to really look at the knitted pieces around the library. “People put their heart and souls into them — they aren’t just plain squares. You can really see the personality of the knitter coming through.”

You can learn more about yarn bombing at the library by viewing a display by Sue Meindl in the library’s first floor display case.

The Cultured Purls meet the first Thursday of each month in the library’s second floor meeting room at 6:45 p.m. All ages and skill levels are welcome to join fellow knitters to share projects and tips and to hear about the library’s latest knitting books.

James Thomas May 14, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Well, as a complete and total, hands free, yarn ignoramus, I appreciate all efforts to educate me in this area. Crochet vs. Knit, how does anyone lose?
Jayne Caldwell May 14, 2012 at 02:57 PM
It's all yarn.
Jayne Caldwell May 14, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Not sure exactly what you mean. It's basically two different methods of manipulating yarn to make an item. Check out the difference on the internet or at the library.
James Thomas May 14, 2012 at 06:24 PM
"Viva La Difference" Both produce something beautiful.
Cindy L May 15, 2012 at 04:57 AM
After reading this article and further exploring in on the Web.I have to admit this is a really kool idea. I know some handicapped people would love to get a kick out of seeing their simple work suddenly show up and they can say, "I did that" Thanks for the fun idea.

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