EXETER - It’s a craze called graffiti knitting and ‘tag’it for Womenade is striking again on April 1. For the last few months, women and men from all over have been busy crocheting and knitting getting ready to “tag” the public libraries in SAU 16.
“It is street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn on things like trees, street signs, railings and even library book return boxes,” explained Kari Lazerowich, Womenade Board Member. Volunteers are coming out on the morning of April 1st to decorate the local public libraries with their handiwork. The library knitting groups at each library took inspiration from a children’s book and created imaginative yarn graffiti to decorate each building. In addition to adorning the libraries Womenade has also created ‘tag’it passports for kids (and kids at heart) to pick up at their local library. The passports are then stamped for visiting the libraries, viewing the knit-graffiti and reading the books that inspired the knit-graffiti.
“The volunteer knitters are an integral part of this fundraiser,” said Lazerowich. Folks have hosted knitting nights at home, attended workshops at Main Street Art in Newfields, and the Fiber Arts Group at RiverWoods has been holding weekly get-togethers to work on their installation.
“This event has pulled together crafters who never would have met otherwise,” said Lazerowich, “from beginners to professional fiber artists”. “Sandy and I were uplifted in spirit by meeting other knitters at the workshop yesterday,” said one volunteer. “It’s great fun working with all the different groups on this project. Each one has embraced it in a different way, and when all these creative people start working together it takes on a life of its own.”
Knitters like to knit, and many times it is for their loved ones, but in this case, their efforts were aimed at helping Womenade thank the communities that have supported them so generously over the last nine years. For these volunteer knitters “yarn bombing” celebrates their love of the creative process and hopefully, in their own small way, gives their neighbors a laugh on April Fool’s Day.