Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Mission Statement

The Knitty Gritty Committee is the one and only Hartford yarn bombing chapter. Our influences came from Houston's Knitta, and they deserve credit for the concept.

Yarn bombing is a type of street art which employs colorful displays of hand-made textiles placed in an urban landscape. Like most graffiti, yarn bombing isn't about destruction, but bringing art, personality and beauty to sterile environments. This opportunity allows us to make a statement against hard, cold, masculine culture by taking a widely-viewed warm and cozy feminine past-time to the streets. Perhaps we'll even bring some "mother" nature to Hartford.

Our targets include many objects in need of sweaters: trees, lamp posts, fire hydrants, fences, benches, monuments, statues, railings, and other urban objects.

All are welcome - male/female, crocheter/knitter.
Even if you don't know how to knit, all you need is a willingness to learn. We also appreciate scrap yarn donations for those unable to participate in the stitching process.

For those worried about the loss or damage of a finely knit product - don't fret. Think of it as a public service or arts donation. Odds are you'll make someone's day, and if a bum comes and rips it down they'll at least be warm for the night.

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