A cluster of students in Toni Groff’s fourth-grade class at McKenney-Harrison Elementary School worked together Wednesday, some winding yarn while others crocheted chains.
Across the room, student Nate Seiler worked on crocheting a scarf, while classmate Sydney Mansfield carefully looped yard around a pair of knitting needles. A pile of completed yarn chains, along with dozens of pom-poms, sat on a nearby table.
This weekend, Groff will take the students’ handiwork and use it to decorate two trees in downtown Auburn as part of the Auburn Development Advisory Committee’s “Yarn Bombing” event.
With the theme of “We Love Auburn,” trees, planters and signs will be wrapped in yarn throughout February.
“Yarn Bombing is a unique and whimsical way to brighten the dreary days of winter and wrap our dear city in a little bit of love,” according to ADAC’s description of the event. “This communitywide installation will chase away the winter blues by inviting everyone to get creative and give Auburn a warm winter hug!”
All knitters, crocheters, textile artists and Auburn lovers have been encouraged to participate. The project is open to families, groups, organizations and businesses. The installation of the display will take place Saturday and Sunday on the outside perimeter of the courthouse square along the business storefronts and along Main Street.
Sarah Payne, who is helping to coordinate the event, said participants have committed to yarn bomb more than 25 trees, signs and planters. She expects that number could increase dramatically, based on feedback from the community and social media.
Payne said the installation is for all people of ages and all skill levels. The project has attracted registrations across the generations, ranging from from children, including Groff’s students, to a 94-year-old participant who is planning to “yarn bomb” a sign on North Main Street, Payne added.
Groff said she had no prior crocheting experience prior to the Yarn Bombing project and taught herself the skill on You Tube especially for the event. She then shared what she had learned with her class, and the students have worked on the project during indoor recesses and and when they have free time.
Groff said the students have worked together and helped each other, teaching each other knitting and crocheting tricks and skills they may have picked up along the way.
“They’ve really gotten into it,” Groff said. “They’ve enjoyed doing it.”
“If we continue to get positive feedback from the event, we would be thrilled to entertain making this an annual project,” Payne said.
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Written by Kathryn Bassett