Knitters, crocheters gearing up for 4th annual 'yarn bombing' at Northland Library - North Journal

Knitters, crocheters gearing up for 4th annual ‘yarn bombing’ at Northland Library

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | 1:08 PM


Most knitters and crocheters are happy to use their skills to create beautiful and intricate items for themselves or family and friends.

But sometimes they just have to use their needles and hooks to go big.

For the fourth consecutive year, members of the Yarn It All group at Northland Public Library will craft pieces for a “yarn bombing” to create a colorful, creative atmosphere in the McCandless building.

“Yarn bombing is a type of art installation using knitted or crocheted items to temporarily decorate a public space,” said Karen Nootbaar, an associate at the library. “The best example of this locally is the Knit The Bridge Project in Downtown Pittsburgh in 2013.”

Previous yarn bombings at the library have included items such as large dream catchers, a clock flower and a wide variety of flowers and animals.

Club members have already begun preparing pieces for the project, which will be available to view between March 1 and April 4.

A scavenger hunt for kids also is planned as part of the installation. The list of items to search for will be available at the library once the yarn art is on display.

Most of the items for the display are created by club members and other residents using knitting, crochet, weaving or other fiber arts.

Items from previous bombings also are repurposed to increase the size and variety of the display, which will cover both floors of the library.