Ottawa grannies crochet chain-link fences

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Yarnbombing is a brilliant way to brighten up your local community, whether it be dressing up trees in the park or wrapping colourful scarves around lampposts.

One knitting group in Ottawa has taken it upon themselves to help beautify chain-link fences across local parks with the help of crochet and knitted squares.

Ottawa Citizen reports that the Chain-link Grannies - as they prefer to be known - have been roaming Elmvale Acres parks with their crochet and knitting needles in order to dress up the area and make it more attractive.

Grandmothers Laura Mayer and Sue Skinner told the publication that they were looking for a new outlet for their crafty skills after spending years giving homemade gifts to friends and family.

So far around 60 metres of chain-link fence has been swathed in yarn squares of various colours and textures.

The reaction from residents has been extremely positive, especially from the families and children who visit the park regularly.

Ms Mayer said that she found it a really great way to express her creativity and encouraged people in the local area to contribute their own pieces to add to the display.

She explained: "I call it living art because it's something that's growing and developing."

Each square can take between 30 minutes and two hours to complete depending on the knitting or crochet pattern and the difficulty involved in the design.

The group are hoping to swell their numbers and encourage more residents to get involved in making their own woollen patches for the nearby parks.

Ms Mayer and Ms Skinner are also appealing for donations of yarn scraps and zip ties to help ensure that they can keep the project going, allowing it to grow and extend over new areas.

Anyone living in the Ottawa area is welcome to contribute their time, yarn or finished patches to this exciting community-led yarnbombing experience.

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