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Monument Street Yarnbomb!

If you’re wondering what happened to lower Monument street, let me explain…yarnbomb, national women's history month, women's history month, yarn

It’s a yarn bomb. In honor of National Women’s History Month. After about two weeks, the pieces will be taken down and transformed into blankets for women transitioning out of homelessness. Last year I yarn bombed the Village Green as a way to bring joy to the community while giving back at the same time. It was so well received I decided to do it again. I’m a sucker for a few smiles.  

This year, I expanded my group of volunteers. People of all skill levels participated- from never-touched-yarn-person to highly-skilled-knitting-teacher-person. From little girls with experience to grandmothers with zero experience. From a gaggle of locals to a lady living in Cypress. It took a Pali village and then some.

Here is a list of these super cool people in no particular order:

Penchan Villemaire, Marge Gold, Cindy Simon, Karyn Newbill, Debra Green, Aurora Brown, Alyssa, Christina Martinez, Barbara Kohn, Sarah McCormick, Luann Abrahams, Terry Lewis Lyman, Mary Louise Piccard, Annie Lee, Lainie Sugarman, Loren Kaplan, Zyre Austin, Anne Tuohy, Carol Sanborn, Carol Dituri, Veronica Sanchez, Hazel Delgado, Mrs. Williams’ Pali Elementary 2nd grade class…

And of course, my girls, Pearl and Vivi “The Yarn Fairies”

yarnbomb, national women's history month, women's history month, yarn The high school marine biology and knitting teacher Karyn Newbill and her students covered this tree with roses in honor of the late English teacher Rose Gilbert who taught for more than 50 years. She was quite the character. JJ Abrams based “Maz” on her in The Force Awakens.

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yarnbomb, national women's history month, women's history month, yarn Cindy Simon of Dollies Making A Difference made these gorgeous rock creatures. If you are looking for an incredible organization to give money– give it to Dollies. In my spare time I volunteer for there making dolls for children in need of something to love.

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yarnbomb, national women's history month, women's history month, yarn There was a Gloria Steinem tag on this tree, but alas, it was stolen. Damn Teenage Klepto-Feminists!

yarnbomb, national women's history month, women's history month, yarn I thought it would be cute to have a papoose on the Sacajawea tree. My sister-in-law just so happened to pass down her collection of native dolls to my daughters. I put the baby in the papoose for this pic, however, he has been replaced with a symbolic (and less tempting to take home) pine cone.

yarnbomb, national women's history month, women's history month, yarn Classic yarn bomb piece right here by volunteer Loren Kaplan.

yarnbomb, national women's history month, women's history month, yarn Nancy Reagan’s tree was going to be colorfully striped… then she died… and a black sweater sleeve served a new purpose. Nancy and Ronald Reagan lived in the Palisades for 30 years before the White House. RIP.

yarnbomb, national women's history month, women's history month, yarn A big thank you to Lion Brand for their generous donation of yarn! Thanks to InstaMail on Via de la Paz for the discounted printing! Thanks to Pinocchio’s for feeding all my volunteers a delicious lunch! And a very special thank you to Caruso Affiliated for letting me borrow their property for this project and also granting me space to hold “sit and stitch” meetings leading up to the event. I am so grateful to everyone for their support!!

Getting the attention of Mayor Eric Garcetti was a major highlight– he posted about the event on his Facebook page! There was also this fabulous Upworthy story!

 

For more info about these yarn bombs…

Check out this video of last year’s yarn bomb in the Village Green!

Or read this post about it.

There’s also this original post about why I decided to do it in the first place. 🙂

 

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