Crafter aims to have yarn-bombing made a permanent fixture

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A keen knitter in the US is working towards making a temporary yarn-bombing project a permanent fixture in her home town.

The art form involves streets, buildings and trees being decorated with brightly-coloured wool knitted or crocheted into beautiful designs, something that is believed to have originated in Texas before going on to inspire the rest of the world.

Patti McSkane Oyster Bay in Long Island is already a keen yarn-bomber and she told local newspaper Newsday she wants the phenomenon to become a tourist attraction as well as just something to make people smile.

She is working towards having all of the downtown area decorated in crocheted or knitted panels by next spring, including all 48 trees, 45 lampposts, four information kiosks, a gazebo and three ceremonial cannons.

This 'Hand-Stitched Hamlet' would require 500 handmade panels in aqua, royal blue, raspberry, green and purple and so Patti is keen to get other crafters involved to help her meet her goal. Local businesses have also been invited to sponsor the project in return for an advertisement alongside one of the yarn-bombed fixtures.

One other resident who shares her enthusiasm is Walter Imperatore, who happens to be the Chamber of Commerce vice president.

"It's infectious. Just the idea of knitting all these things is going to bring people in and get them talking to each other," he commented.

The Friends of the Hamlet group and the Oyster Bay Main Street Association are also eager to get involved, so Patti hopes the installations will be in place in time for 2014's Sunday Art Walks.

"When you come into town, it's going to be transformative. When the whole town is done, it's going to be amazing," she said.

Yarn-bombing was also recently used as a tourist attraction on this side of the Atlantic, in the Worcester town of Great Malvern. The Pulse Great Malvern project was completed in time for the switching-on of the town's Christmas lights on November 30th, with knitted and crocheted snowflakes being arranged alongside traditional decorations to put a smile on people's faces.

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