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'Yarn Bombings' Strike Collingswood

An astute reader captured these photos from around town. Have you spotted any of these tree cozies?

Some of the latest street art that could be coming to a block near you: yarn-bombings! Credit: Patch reader.
Some of the latest street art that could be coming to a block near you: yarn-bombings! Credit: Patch reader.
Some trees in Collingswood are looking a bit more festive than usual.

An eagle-eyed, anonymous reader sent us these snapshots of a public art project that seems to have spilled right out of the knitting needles and crochet hooks of some of the busiest hands in town.

Wikipedia describes the practice as "yarn bombing," "yarn storming," or "guerilla knitting," among other things, and identified it as "a type of graffiti or street art" similar to chalking.

The practice is thought to have originated in The Netherlands, and is considerably more benign than the gang-related graffiti that graced the front window of The Pop Shop randomly this time last year.

Have you seen any yarn-bombings in your neighborhood? Let us know! Send all your artsy, weird, and happening-related tips to collingswood@patch.com
Kathy Stevenson September 24, 2013 at 08:04 AM
what is the difference between that and vandalism.
Lori September 24, 2013 at 08:39 AM
Lighten up, Kathy. In fact that's the point - it's light-hearted in spirit.
Collingswoodnative September 24, 2013 at 09:26 AM
Saw my neighbor putting one on her tree, relax Kathy think the home owners knew about it. The one in the park? Much better than the litter that covers the ground AND goose droppings. I hate the geese!
Jessica Blanchard September 24, 2013 at 09:28 AM
I think it's cute, and very "Collingswood."
Joseph Russell September 24, 2013 at 10:37 AM
I love this town.
irishsoccer515 September 25, 2013 at 09:31 AM
I tink the decorating is awesome. Sure beats spray paint.
Loretka September 29, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Yo, Kathy ..... the difference is that vandalism destroys. Putting a colorful yarn wrapping around a tree just looks cute but does NOT destroy any property.

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