Opunake ready for a yarn bomb Knit­ters are bright­en­ing up the town

Stratford Press - - News - By ALICE COWDREY

Opunake res­i­dents are busy knit­ting and cro­chet­ing up a storm.

All man­ner of projects are un­der­way through­out the town to pre­pare for this year’s Great Opunake Yarn Bomb.

Run for the first time last year, the Opunake Lake­side Lions Club or­gan­ised the event, which dressed the town up in a range of bright and won­der­ful yarn cre­ations last year. Crotch­eted bunt­ing was hung down the street, 3D cre­ations were hung out­side shops and bikes, lawn­mow­ers and shop­ping trol­leys were wrapped in wool to be­come pieces of art.

Event co-co­or­di­na­tor Monique Sin­clair says the yarn bomb­ing was a hit, with lo­cals and vis­i­tors com­ment­ing how the street art slowed peo­ple down.

“The whole vibe was great — ev­ery­body was smil­ing .”

The project needs sup­port from lo­cals to make it work and com­mu­nity craft­ing ses­sions have been held at the li­brary as well as felt­ing work­shops to en­cour­age peo­ple to get cre­at­ing. Once ev­ery­thing has been gath­ered to­gether, Lions Club mem­bers stitch the items to­gether and plan where they will go. Monique says last year’s yarn projects were taken down, washed and will be used again with new cre­ations.

“Many sec­tors of the com­mu­nity have been in­volved in­clud­ing lo­cal church mem­bers, the Alzheimers group, preschools as well as schools .

“We have re­ceived fund­ing from the South Taranaki District Coun­cil and lo­cal busi­nesses to sup­port this project.”

The event co­in­cides with the Taranaki Fringe Gar­den Fes­ti­val, Pow­erCo Gar­den Spec­tac­u­lar and the Taranaki Na­tional Art Awards as well as the Ev­ery­body’s Theatre Film Fes­ti­val and the Opunake Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion Mar­ket day which is on Oc­to­ber 27.

Monique says it’s a great way to pro­mote the lit­tle town.

“The Great Opunake Yarn Bomb re­ally makes our lit­tle town a vi­brant happy place to be.”

■ Strat­ford knit­ters and cro­cheters are wel­come to get in on the ac­tion and knit and cro­chet projects for the yarn bomb. Cre­ations can be dropped off at Sin­clair Elec­tri­cal by Oc­to­ber 16 and can in­clude any­thing. The Great Opunake Yarn Bomb is be­tween Oc­to­ber 26 and Novem­ber 10.

A yarn-bombed bike.

Flags were hung up the main street dur­ing Opunake’s first Great Yarn Bomb last year.

A dec­o­rated tree.

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