Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Yarn Bombing of "Olympic" Proportions!

Residents of Saltburn, in North Yorkshire (UK), are scratching their heads today after a mysterious 'yarnbomber' wrapped the town's pier with a 50-yard scarf stretching out along the railings.

 The impressive garment features woollen athletes competing in various Olympic events, from synchronised swimmers to rowers and cyclists, and has delighted young and old alike as the town discusses the good yarn.

2012! The artwork is exquisitely detailed, with cute touches such as the stitched flag shown here.  

But the mysterious creator - who has struck before - remains anonymous, leaving everyone speculating on their identity and motives. In the past, the ‘Saltburn Yarnbomber’ has tied scarves and knitted figures to various parts of the town centre - to lamp-posts, railings and buildings - and outside the library.

This is considered an act of 'yarnbombing', where knitted items are attached to public places as a kind of woollen graffiti. Now people are flocking to see the new addition on the seaside town’s historic pier, and every few yards, a different Olympic sport portrayed, all with their own little knitted athletes.


Mother-of-three Susan Day, 55, of Guisborough, was one of many people stopped in their tracks by the long and winding art form. She said: 'It’s impressive - at least 50m long. It must have taken someone ages to create.' Lesley Ash, a 55-year-old housewife from nearby Redcar, said: 'I’m a keen knitter myself. I think there’s so much work and effort gone into this, it must have taken an awful lot of time.'



In the past, the ‘Saltburn Yarnbomber’ has tied scarves and knitted figures to various parts of the town centre - to lamp-posts, railings and buildings - and outside the library. This is considered an act of 'yarnbombing', where knitted items are attached to public places as a kind of woollen graffiti. Now people are flocking to see the new addition on the seaside town’s historic pier, and every few yards, a different Olympic sport portrayed, all with their own little knitted athletes.



Mother-of-three Susan Day, 55, of Guisborough, was one of many people stopped in their tracks by the long and winding art form. She said: 'It’s impressive - at least 50m long. It must have taken someone ages to create.' Lesley Ash, a 55-year-old housewife from nearby Redcar, said: 'I’m a keen knitter myself. I think there’s so much work and effort gone into this, it must have taken an awful lot of time.'



Saltburn locals are now trying to work out who is responsible, and if it is by the same knitter who has decorated the town previously. Last year, Saltburn’s 150th anniversary was suggested as the inspiration. A 6ft long scarf, complete with attached books, was left outside the library, and had a note attached signed 'the Yarn Junki' - but with no clue as to the identity of the knitter.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2111518/A-yarn-Olympic-proportions--Mystery-knitter-attaches-50-yard-long-scarf-featuring-woollen-athletes-pier.html#ixzz20hyduB16

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