Yarnbombing Charlotte, North Carolina

31 Mar

I was walking around Charlotte with my brother looking for yarnbombing sites. My brother is not a yarnbomber but he got interested in looking at various poles and bike racks. I was  seeing a lot of detail about Charlotte that I had never noticed before. All the street signs were perched on strips or bent metal so they were no good. When I come to a new city I always bring a lot of knitting-I bring a large plastic bag full of different sizes of yarnbombs to try and prepare for whatever I might find. I also bring a lot of knitting to calm my frayed nerves after I have been sneaking around putting yarnbombs up.

We walked past The Discovery Museum and I noticed a bike rack that was really cute. We walked past it again and my brother pointed it out and said  “That’s a good rack”.  I walked past it with my 7 year old nephew and he pointed to it and said I should yarnbomb it. So I did.

There were really interesting bike racks in front of  The Bank Of America Head quarters. They had a U shaped pole suspended in between 2 wide ridged” park your horse here” type  poles.  Unfortunately they also had multitudes of police men standing in front of them guarding them and The Bank Of America Head quarters. I try to be very bold but I’m not an idiot so I moved down the street.

I like the library in Charlotte , it had a fountain, lots of books and nice racks. I liked that men would sort of sit lean on this rack, so I made it more comfortable.

All this yarnbombing was nerve racking so I retired to my hotel and sat in the lobby on a sofa and had a cup of tea. I nagged everyone I saw to bring me a cookie and finally the man at the front desk brought some on a glass pedestal. I ate my cookie and finished knitting my final yarnbomb.
I had picked out a bike rack in front of Coco’s restaurant. This is my nephews’ favorite joint so I wanted to appreciate it. Mercifully it had gotten dark and there was a nice line of waiting taxis to hide behind. I sat comfortably on the ground and sewed. When I finished a man came up excitedly and said ” Oh I have seen this on the Internet, people knit all over everything. What is it called?”

“Yarnbombing” I said.

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2 Responses to “Yarnbombing Charlotte, North Carolina”

  1. LC April 8, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    It is great that your young nephew is totally engaged in your art! Bet he is getting a thrill out of the installation at his favorite spot.

  2. Mama Wolf June 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    I saw yarn bombing in Charlotte on Sunday. It was a bike rack outside of the Trader Joe’s on Rea Rd with a label that it was by Knitting Knutz. I just learned what yarn bombing was. I was super excited to see it there! So cool!! I wish the yarn bombing you did in the downtown area was still up. I sooo would have gone to see that!

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