If you’ve wandered Milwaukee Avenue near the Logan Square Blue Line station in the past month, you may have noticed yarn adorning trees, poles and fences. Likely you’ve asked yourself “Why?” or “Who?”
The “who” is easy: A group of mostly Logan Square-based crocheters and knitters led by myself got together over a period of two months and stitched long rectangular pieces made from donated yarn. We let our skills and creativity guide us to our unique completed pieces.
Those who ask “why” are perhaps not familiar with yarn bombing. Yarn bombing is a street art created by crafters around the world who want to share their love of knitting and crochet. Temporary pieces made from yarn or recycled material are used to cover public objects, bringing warmth, color and softness to common urban elements such as concrete and steel.
Logan Square has some great street art. As a communal project, the yarn bomb presented the opportunity to involve even more members of the community in the creation of public art. Our neighborhood has a vibrant contingent of creators, and it’s been wonderful to put our creativity on display for both neighbors and visitors attracted to our increasingly popular restaurants and shops.
Since the city takes its toll on anything exposed to the environment, this yarn bomb will only stay up until this Saturday, Sept. 8. It will live on at logansquareyarnbomb.tumblr.com. Keep your eye out for future yarn bombs, though. Dull urban objects could always use some brightening up.