Story and photos by Keri DeTore
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
It’s the (yarn) bomb!
The Admiral District’s been “yarn-bombed” — by a talented knitter willing to brave the rain that fell while she was creating this:
Knitting decorative pieces to attach to public installations such as bike racks, telephone poles and bus stop signs is known as “yarn bombing” or “knit bombing.” It started as a way to use up extra yarn and, according to urbandictionary.com: “Yarn bombing is almost exclusively about reclaiming and personalizing sterile or cold public places.”
The bike-rack “yarn bomb” is the work of a West Seattle knitter known as Jaesee, who just started writing about her “Yarn Core” activities at yarncore.wordpress.com. Asked about her inspiration to start “bombing,” she replies:
“The idea was initially inspired when I was visiting Los Angeles in October and saw a bike like this. I’ve been knitting for around 2 years and have a real knack for it, but after a while knitting hats and scarves starts to get old. I’ve always considered myself mildly artistic, but I never really found my medium until I started knitting.
“So I wanted to figure out how I could make knitting more like an art project. Yarn-bombing … really appealed to me because it seemed so free-form and a little scary and exciting. I like the “danger” element of it, like you’re kind of doing something bad, but since it isn’t paint it isn’t permanent there isn’t a real threat of consequences.
I live and grew up in West Seattle and I love that it has blossomed into a very tight community, and this yarn art seemed like something that would be embraced by the community. I’m starting out small, but I’d love to eventually grow into an army of knitters, crocheters and crafters that love West Seattle and want to help make it unique and beautiful.”
Admiral District residents Meredith Hailey and her son Grayson (top photo) learned about the bike-rack “bomb” and decided to go on a hunt for it:
“There are a lot of artists in our community, and a whole lot of knitters. I’m so charmed by artists who reach out to the community and to our individual sense of play through whimsical presentations like this one,” said Meredith.
When the owner of the Admiral Shoe Repair shop noticed the bike rack, he exclaimed, “Beautiful!”
Jaesee lets on that there’s a May Day project in the works. Updates will be posted on the Yarncore website.