Norcross covered by local knitters


Special Photo For another year, Thrasher Park in Norcross has been yarn bombed by local knitters. The art will be on display through June.

NORCROSS -- If you are walking through Thrasher Park in Norcross anytime in June, do not be alarmed -- it has just been bombed again. Yarn bombed, that is.

The Yarn Bomb group, also known as Society of Crocheters and Knitters, have contributed all their skills and some of their yarn to cover trees, benches and lamp posts in the park.

The community was invited on June 1 to express themselves through knitting, including SOCK's youngest member who is 11 years old. The designs include patriotic colors to flowers and spider webs.

"I love the idea of repurposing old bits of used and unused yarn into fun and colorful art objects," Deborah Harris said, leader of SOCK group.

Harris added that all the yarn creations are easily recyclable and temporary.

The city of Norcross, Norcross Arts Alliance and Rare Purls Yarn Boutique of Duluth sponsored the art project. SOCKS held a mini workshop at Meadowcreek High School for the art honor students. The students helped knit vines and chains for the bombing.

"About 30 local fiber artists spent three months creating and stitching together pieces for the yarn bomb installation," Harris said. "The whole process from planning, making and installing, and seeing the public's reaction has been a blast."

SOCK meets on the second Tuesday and last Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at 45 South Cafe in Norcross. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/NorcrossYarnBomb.