Yes, the town of Exeter is preparing for a massive bombing this Monday- a yarnbombing, that it is. Don’t worry, it’s all for a good cause. Local businesses have sponsored graffiti knit and crochet installations throughout the Exeter region to the tune of $3,000 to benefit Womenade of Greater Squamscott , a local organization providing short- term financial assistance to those in need.
If you are not yet familiar with yarn bombing, it is a movement that goes by several names: yarnbombing, yarnstorming, guerrilla knitting, urban knitting or graffiti knitting. All these terms refer to knitted or crocheted street art or graffiti, things like cozies for trees, clothed statues, sweatered vehicles and adorned bike racks. Initially the movement was about humanizing cold, public spaces, but has since developed into a worldwide phenomenom, with different groups offering various motivations. So where did it all start? Here’s a short history:
So I just saw this cool feature in the LA Times about a mobile yarn shop in the LA area. Taking a cue from the ubiquitous food trucks that have decended upon urban America, the Yarnover Truck operates out of a converted delivery vehicle, and sells local yarns. But while there are over 5000 food trucks in the LA area, there is just one yarn truck. The brainchild of knitting enthusiasts Maridee Nelson and Barbra Pushies, the Yarnover Truck can be found at local farmers’ markets, art and music fairs, festivals, yarn crawls and other events. Check out the out the story at the LA Times. Could this be the start of a national trend?
Today’s featured knitting place is Uniquities, a boutique yarn shop in Vienna, Virginia. Our interview is with Brenda FitzSimmons, the owner.
Can you tell us a little bit about your shop?
Our tag line is “Your Hand-Knitting and Spinning Supply Destination” and we try to live up to that name. In addition to a wide and varied yarn selection, we also carry prepared fibers for spinning as well as books, patterns, bags, and all the necessary tools (including spinning wheels and drum carders) for knitting, crochet, and spinning. Our yarns range from basic to exotic and our knowledgeable staff is experienced in working with each customer to find the right choice for every budget and skill level. Continue reading “Uniquities Yarn Shop – Vienna, Virginia” »
Welcome to YarnPlaces.com! For our initial blog entry, I thought it would make sense to tell you a little bit about who we are and what we are trying to achieve. My name is Cindy and I am the editor of YarnPlaces.com. I am kind of an artsy-craftsy girl interested in all sorts of things artsy-craftsy things. One of my favorite artsy-craftsy things is, you guessed it, knitting! I have recently been on a serious knitting binge, having completed four Christmas stockings, 6 hats, 2 scarves and 3 purses in the last two months.
I am married to Mike. Mike finds all this knitting a bit obsessive, yet he proudly dons my creations. Mike is more quirky-techy than artsy-craftsy. He runs a website that maps all kinds of quirky things… Bingo Halls, Rock Shops, Hot Dog Stands, Bastille Day Celebrations…. he has maps for over 1,000 topics! The site is MapMuse.com, if you want to check it out. Over the years, one of the most popular topics on MapMuse.com has been Yarn Shops. Continue reading “Welcome to YarnPlaces.com” »