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Yarn bombs away for Blenheim

Blenheim Business Association coordinator Caroline Stone wants to turn the town centre into a riot of woolly colour. Photo: Matt Brown.

It’s going to be bombs away for Blenheim as plans to turn the town centre into a woolly wonderland are launched.

Blenheim Business Association are planning to turn the town’s central shopping district into a kaleidoscope of colour– and they need your help.

Crafters, knitters and crochet stars are needed to help create knitted decorations for the first ever Blenheim Yarn Bomb.

Blenheim Business Association (BBA) coordinator Caroline Stone says knitters of all levels are needed to help the community project make a splash.

“We want members of the public to get involved as well as retailers.

“It doesn’t matter if you can just make squares; we don’t want people to think that they’re not good enough knitters. We need knitting en masse so it looks good,” she says.

Knitters are needed to contribute to Marlborough's first yarn bomb event. File photo.
Knitters are needed to contribute to Marlborough’s first yarn bomb event. File photo.

Caroline came up with the idea to bolster Blenheim’s Christmas festivities.

Even if you can’t knit or crochet, the BBA still needs people to help, she says.

“If you can make a pom-pom or help with the installation, that’d be great too.”

Yarn bombing originated in the USA as is seen as a form of street art. Public places are covered with home made creations in a bid to brighten them up

Caroline says the association wanted to expand on their annual tradition of wooden reindeers and the wine-barrel Christmas Trees.

“It will help spread cheer and hopefully put big smiles on people’s faces.

“The idea is, if this year’s event goes well, that we will do this year on year.

“We’re not asking for donations of yarn, in fact we can help supply it, but we do need help.

“We will use as many pieces as we can over again and any leftovers will be gathered together and used to knit blankets for animal shelters,” she says.

The hope is there will be enough woolly wonder to decorate Market St and neighbouring areas.

“We are conscious that we have BBA members all over the place and there are some really beautiful, big trees in Queen St that would look great,” Caroline says.

For further information on how to help visit facebook.com/blenheimyarnbomb/ or check out the Blenheim Business Association at facebook.com/BlenheimBusinessAssociation/

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