Bright idea has town in stitches

A CREATIVE yarn bomb brightened Camperdown’s main street with bench seats and lamp posts sporting colourful knitted garments on the weekend.

Yarn bombers Sara Rollings (left), Amity Pope, Jude Murfitt and Monique Pope.

Yarn bombers Sara Rollings (left), Amity Pope, Jude Murfitt and Monique Pope.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, Monique Pope and her team of helpers dressed six seats and four posts as part of International Yarn Bombing Day. Residents were treated to the visual display at the town square. Mrs Pope crocheted and knitted the eye-catching designs with help from her daughters, Sarah and Amity, Jude Murfitt and the women from Laff’s store.

“Everybody loves it,” she said.

“It brightens their winter day. You just look at it and it makes you smile.”

Last year, Mrs Pope made beanies for the town’s bollards and decided to yarn bomb Camperdown again after the response she received. “It was so well received last year and I was so overwhelmed with the positive reaction I thought I’d do it again,” she said.

“I thought those chairs would be good as everyone will see it.”

Mrs Pope said this year’s yarn bombing efforts had already been well received.

“I have had lots of feedback on Facebook already,” she said.

“It’s made me really happy.” Yarn bombers also freshened up a handrail at Blarney Books in Port Fairy. Yarn bombing began as a way of reclaiming and personalising urban public places.

It has become popular in Australia in recent years, particularly in capital cities where the trunks and branches of trees are often wrapped in bright striped and patterned scarves.


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