About the Knotty Knitters

The Knotty Knitters are an informal arts group that meets every other week in Eugene to knit different things to then place in public places; on parking meters, in trees, on street signs, pay phones, etc. This practice is called “yarn bombing,” taking its name from the popular graffiti term, “bombing.”

This is their official blog site:

http://knittingisknottyeugene.blogspot.com/2010/08/eugene-celebration-yarn-bomb.html

The Knotty Knitters are an informal arts group that meets every other week in Eugene to knit different things to then place in public places; on parking meters, in trees, on street signs, pay phones, etc. This practice is called “yarn bombing,” taking its name from the popular graffiti term, “bombing.”

The Knotty Knitters started out as an informal knitting group several years ago. These women meet every other Wednesday at the Divine Cupcake to share their skills, tips of the craft, time, and stories. The meeting space is a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. It is a colorful, but small space, full of sweet things, flyers, and crafts for sale. Other shop customers are present. The Knotty Knitter women sit closely, knitting, drinking coffee or teas, talking about motherhood and craft ideas, and eat cupcakes. The group is non-intimidating. They are very open, and say the groups welcomes all that wish to participate, but generally men shy away due to the content of their conversations.

The Knotty Knitters were first exposed to the idea of knitted graffiti, when one of the members found information on it in a recently published book.  She liked the idea of bringing knitting outside, and outside of its usual venue. She wanted to surprise people with what you can do with knitting, beautify and brighten downtown Eugene and its surrounding parks, and have fun with it. ‘It is not just for old ladies,’ she says. The group have since joined a more global community of ‘knit bombers,’ like Ravelry.com and Kittaplease, through online blogs and sites, where they share ideas and stories.

The Knotty Knitters began placing small knitted pieces around town. They chose to use the pieces to celebrate holidays and local events like Halloween, April Fool’s Day, Valentines Day, and the Eugene Festival. They generally pick highly visible locations, where several pieces can be close in proximity, often including trees, parking meters, phone booths, door handles, bike racks, and public art sculptures. The pieces are typically removed within 24 hours by unknown people, although there are a few rare cases where they have remained up for several months.

Although the ‘bombing’ started out strictly for fun, due to recent publicity and public interest, they have become more aware of what, why, and how they are doing things. They are not even sure if the practice is considered legal or not in Eugene. In some towns public art permits are required. In other places, it is just considered graffiti. Although, the city has seemed to embrace their work, showing pictures of it in meetings, stating,’ We need more things like this!’ A parking meter attendant even went into a local business where a kitted ‘cozy’ had been placed on a meter, requesting more. ‘Now we feel obligated to do more. We have a reputation to uphold.’  The group does not consider themselves as part of the Eugene Art Scene.  Their purpose is obviously more about the process of sharing ideas, socializing, and making people smile.

 

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