Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cast on for International Yarn Bomb Day

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 3:50 PM

A representation of what the trees will look like all cozied up.
  • A representation of what the trees will look like, all "cozied" up.

The city's being (yarn) bombed again! (Not sure what that is? Check out my blog posts from October here and here).

June 11 is International Yarn Bomb Day, and local artist Juanita Canzoneri has big plans for Acacia Park. She, along with a group of volunteer knitters and crocheters, will be placing "yarn cozies" around a handful of trees on the northeast side of the park.

They're similar to two trees that were cozied up outside First Congregational Church on Tejon Street a few weeks ago:

Outside First Congregational Church.
  • Kirsten Akens
  • The damage left behind, near First Congregational Church.

Canzoneri is still looking for help. Learn more below on how you can get involved, get more information by contacting Juanita at, or visit her website here.

Project Needs (How you can help)

· Rectangular or square shapes in blue, green, yellow, or any combination thereof to be collected between now and June 5.

· People to get together to stitch contributed pieces into cozies—work dates being set up for June 5-10.

· People to attach cozies to the trees on June 11, 7:30 a.m.

· People to help take down cozies on June 25.

· People to rework rectangular shapes into blankets/afghans for donation (optional).

Please create rectangular shapes (squares or rectangles) in blue, green, yellow, or variegated yarn in any/all of those colors. White may be used as an accent color.

Pieces to be contributed should be no smaller than 4" x 4". Smaller squares can be contributed if they are stitched together to make larger rectangles before they are submitted. Maximum square size should not exceed 36" in either direction.

We will need one or two places where cozies can be assembled and left between work sessions. These will probably need to be private homes since we don't have money to rent a work space at this time. Two 4' wide tables are recommended for a work space.

"Cozies" will be installed at 7:30 a.m. on June 11. People are needed to stitch, to hold, and to photograph the installation. Depending on the number of people who come this could take from 1-3 hours. The RMPBS/Uncle Wilbur's Fountain event begins at 10 a.m. I'd like us to be finished by 9:30 if at all possible. If anonymity is an issue for you, you might need to leave early.

The "cozies" are to be taken down on June 25. Time is yet to be determined.

Project After-Life
If there is interest (and we have someone willing to take on this part of the project) the pieces contributed may be re-stitched to create blankets/afghans for donation to local projects. If no one steps forward to spearhead this effort, the contributed pieces will be reunited with their makers (if desired) or retained by VideoKnitter for use in future yarn bomb projects.

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