Norcross has been yarn bombed

NORCROSS -- The city of Norcross has been "bombed" with colorful, vibrant yarn. Saturday until the end of April, yarn will be wrapped around trees, benches, fences and the metal frog in Thrasher Park as part of the "Spring into Yarn" bombing project.

"I believe the idea was seen in a magazine," said co-sponsor Taylor Covert, owner of Home Norcross. "One of the residents in Norcross saw it, thought it was cool and brought it to our attention."

International Yarn Bombing Day is held in June, but the crafters couldn't hold out that long. They took two workshops and hours of knitting and crocheting to create pieces for the spring event.

"Flowers are blooming into spring," Covert said. "(The colors) will lift people out of the winter. People get so down in the dumps about wintertime. This is getting people jump-started for summertime by bringing out colors."

During the event, more than 50 people will be out and about in Thrasher Park, Home Norcross and The Nest knitting pieces for bicycle racks, lamp posts, utility poles and anything else that could be covered.

The public is invited out to watch the crafters and walk through the colorful wonderland in Norcross, plus there will be contests to enter.

"We hope to show this is the fun, funky side of knitting," Covert said. "It's not just for older people. You don't have to knit an afghan -- you can do something interesting by being colorful without being 90 (years old). Hopefully we'll get some new people into the hobby."

The bombers will maintain the up-keep of the pieces and replace soiled projects as needed.