Strange creatures have been sighted in Yachats—a pink spider in its web, a gray whale and a yellow humpback whale, sea stars and sea urchins, jellyfish, seaweed and eels. They are all made of yarn, knitted by Yarn Over Yachats, a local group of knitting fanatics, with help from the venerable Yachats Ladies Club, members of the Waldport knitting club, knitters from Florence, and many others who created knitted objects to be displayed all over town. There are ‘flags’ with shop logos displayed by local stores, and a ‘replica’ of Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid created entirely from yarn by B Williams, in Yachats City Hall (during regular business hours).
The organizers and instigators of the yarn-bombing project are Nikki Carlson and Marion Godfrey, Yachats residents who believe everyone can (and maybe should!) learn to knit. The marvelous creations are there to delight and make everyone aware of WorldWide Knitting in Public Day, which takes place in Yachats on June 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On WWKIP, knitters all over the world will take their needles and skeins of yarn and knit in a public place. There will be three ‘official’ stations in Yachats—by the flag pole in front of the Yachats Commons, next to the Ladies Club at Third and Pontiac, and at the observation deck at the State Park—but people are encouraged to knit anywhere, including motel lobbies, restaurants and coffee shops, or anywhere else the spirit moves you.
Yachats’ participation in WWKIP is sponsored by GoYachats. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age, gender, or level of experience. Knitters will be available to answer questions about knitting, demonstrate techniques, solve problems, talk about patterns, or just knit in peaceful silence. There will be raffle tickets on sale at the three stations for fifty cents each or 3 for one dollar; winners will be drawn at 2 p.m. for two handmade shawls, gift certificates from Yachats merchants, and other prizes.
The yarn-bombing display will be up until the end of the WWKIP event. Wander through town and see how many creatures you can spot! For more information about WWKIP, contact Andrea Scharf, GoYachats marketing director, 541 547 3092 or Andrea@GoYachats.com.