A Tire Swing Story is a bite-sized "imagining" inspired by an object I discover while wandering. It could be a curbside trash gem or a message sprayed on a wall. A lost mitten, or an antique store find. Anything goes. I photograph the object and post them together, the story and its inspiration. There will be a new story every Monday and Wednesday. On Fridays, I'll discuss writing, life, love, and coffee. (In no particular order and maybe all at once.)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Casual Fridays: Tree Hugging and Yarn Bombs

Hi guys. It's Britt.
As some of you might remember, awhile back I posted a tire swing story based on a tree I found in Parkdale that was all knitted up. You can check out the story here. 

Recently I posted about my delight in finding more of them, and how they helped me to love living in Toronto.

A week ago, my sisters and I were on a road trip to Sandbanks Provincial Park for some serious swimming and lounging. On the way, we stopped in the wee town of Colborne. I looked out the passenger window and, OMG! There were more! In fact, almost every tree in that little town square was covered in a knitted cozy. I jumped out of the car and started snapping pics. 

A sign on one of the trees told me what I needed to know. This is called Yarn Bombing. (Please forgive me if you already knew. You're a lot cooler than me and I'm generally a bit slow on the uptake.) Yarn bombing is a type of street art that uses yarn instead of paint or chalk to make a statement. It's all about reclaiming often cold and impersonal public spaces. Check out the Wiki article and links to cool "yarnstorms" here.

This particular act of terrorism was the work of the "Scheming Skeiners," a Colborne-based group of knitting renegades. 

Yip Skippy! I was so excited about all of these knitted trees, I hugged one. (Of course I did.) 

What do you think, story-makers? What else could we "bomb?" Mailboxes? Bike racks? Entire office buildings? 

Have a weekend filled with color. See you back here on Monday for a new tire swing story. 
xo Britt

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