KATONAH, N.Y. – Yarn bombing is a form of street art where public buildings are decorated with crocheted or knitted material. Monday, June 11, happened to be the day when these artists took to the streets for International Yarn Bombing Day.
So, the Katonah Library asked its Monday night knitting group to drape the front door columns with some of its handiwork.
“They’re here every week, so why not?” said library clerk Amanda Quicci. “It looks beautiful and elegant.”
Not really ready with a name for their adornment, Naomi Leiseroff went off the cuff when prompted. “How about flowers on vines?” the Katonah knitter improvised.
Green vines wrapping around the columns and sprinkled with multicolored flowers, the impetus to begin this community spin was fairly impromptu, according to the group’s leader.
“A few months ago, Mary Kane, the library director, invited us to do something with yarn and this is what we came up with,” said Irene Marks.
They batted ideas around and realized that knitting the entire thing would take too long.
“I taught everyone crochet,” said Shari Morwood. “So, to see everything come together has been great.”
But the anonymity the group has reveled in previously has never left these ladies tied up in knots.
“We knit and we yack,” said Joan Skloot of Armonk, a longtime member.
The family agenda, though, has been set at her house for quite a while.
“My husband knows Monday is my knitting night and there’s no cooking,” Skloot said.
The take-home ranges from shawls, hats and scarves that they either sport themselves or shower as gifts. In the circle, group members discuss books, politics, family and the latest TV, movies and Broadway plays.
“No spoilers,” Skloot said.
On the other hand, enduring eight years past the initial gathering did come as a surprise. An ad was placed in the paper and accrued a pretty good turnout. But Marks was sure anything beyond one and done had to be more akin to a good yarn.
“No one would come here every week,” she recalled.
Eight years of Mondays proved her wrong.
“Here we still are,” Marks said proudly.
And while “we” has only amounted to one male who came once, the doors are always open.
“Why not? We take dudes,” Phyllis Miller said.
Miller said she enjoys seeing the progress her friends have made as time goes on.
“It’s nice to see how people’s knitting has improved,” Miller said. “It’s been great to go out at night after work and find each other in a hobby we all enjoy.”