Knit­ting a more colour­ful Cam­bridge

Waipa Post - - News - BY BETHANY ROLSTON

A group of Cam­bridge women are on a mis­sion to re­vi­talise yarn­ing, and prove it can be ex­cit­ing, edgy and po­lit­i­cal.

Cam­bridge Cre­ative Fi­bre has decked out the town with colour­ful fab­ric in an act called ‘yarn bomb­ing’.

Yarn bomb­ing is non­per­ma­nent street art that em­ploys colour­ful dis­plays of knit­ted or cro­cheted yarn or fi­bre.

It is be­lieved to have orig­i­nated in Texas with knit­ters try­ing to find a cre­ative way to use their un­fin­ished knit­ting projects.

Yarn bomb­ing has since spread through­out the world.

Dur­ing June trees, seats, bol­lards, ar­cades and gar­dens in Cam­bridge will be cov­ered in yarn.

It’s the third year Cam­bridge Cre­ative Fi­bre has yarn­bombed the town and this time it has fund­ing from Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil.

For the last year mem­bers have been busy knit­ting, cro­chet­ing and felt­ing hun­dreds of projects to bring a splash of colour to Cam­bridge.

There will be knit­ted sur­prises along Vic­to­ria Street and in Leam­ing­ton Vil­lage.

Dis­cover a ‘love gar­den’ made from cro­cheted hearts on Em­pire St and make sure not to miss a yarn­bombed shop­ping trol­ley at Bun­nings.

Yarn­bomb­ing Com­mit­tee mem­ber Sabine Lang says the cre­ativ­ity of the work has been “mind-blow­ing”.

“Last year it ended up be­ing the talk of the town. This year it is even big­ger and bet­ter.”

“We’ve de­cided on a rain­bow theme — it’s some­thing that makes you happy.”

The yarn­bomb­ing has a po­lit­i­cal com­po­nent this year with Pussy­hats dis­played on the top of poles on Em­pire St.

Pussy­hats — pink knit­ted hats — were first worn to women’s rights marches in Amer­ica last year.

The name Pussy­hat was cho­sen as a protest against vul­gar com­ments Don­ald Trump made about the free­dom he felt to grab women’s gen­i­tals and to des­tig­ma­tise the word “pussy” and trans­form it into one of em­pow­er­ment.

The hat is a sym­bol of sup­port and sol­i­dar­ity for women’s rights and po­lit­i­cal re­sis­tance.

“With a ma­jor­ity fe­male group, women’s rights are close to our heart,” Sabine says.

“Cam­bridge Cre­ative Fi­bre has a his­tory of sup­port­ing women’s rights.”

“We hope the yarn dis­plays en­cour­age peo­ple to think a lit­tle bit deeper — but mostly we just want peo­ple to be happy and amazed.”

Sabine says New Zealand is far be­hind in the world­wide “knit­ting re­vival”.

“We want to show peo­ple that knit­ting can be ex­cit­ing and edgy.

“We want to dis­pel the idea that knit­ting is bor­ing.”

Sabine says yarn­bomb­ing is an ef­fec­tive way to brighten up Cam­bridge in the win­ter. The yarn­bomb­ing co­in­cides with Fiel­d­ays and Sabine hopes it will be en­joyed by vis­i­tors to Waipa¯ . The dis­play also pro­motes Cam­bridge Cre­ative Fi­bre’s an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion from June 26-30 at Raleigh St Chris­tian Cen­tre.

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YARN­BOMB­ING Com­mit­tee mem­ber Sabine Lang and her daugh­ter Eva, 12.

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CRO­CHETED hearts will make up a ‘love gar­den’ on Em­pire St.

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