Events > Yarn bombing
A colourful plot
In 2013 yarn bombing was happening around the world and Koonung Cottage decided to join in. Mary and Carolyn explained the artistic project to a sceptical audience. Some people found it hard to appreciate knitting and crochet in purely decorative terms; some thought the wool would get wet; some wanted to apply their knitting skills to charity projects; and others thought the project was a waste of good wool. But a small group of knitters started clicking their needles.
People thought we were mad.
Gradually more people began knitting and bringing in scraps of wool. The project grew rapidly when the organisers decided to make bunting. More people started knitting simple triangles.
I liked feeling a part of something, even if I did get a bit obsessed about knitting triangles.
After about four months the knitters had produced enough bunting to go all around the house and rectangles to decorate the trees and handrails. It was time to plan where everything would go. One Sunday morning in mid 2013, eight people helped to put everything up. The Cottage held a morning tea 'launch' the next day. This coincided with Neighbourhood House week: a time to celebrate the fun events that happen at neighbourhood houses. The community enjoyed the colourful result. A passerby wrote a letter of thanks.
On a sad day you made me smile.
- History recollection meetings held 11 and 16 March 2015.