Yarnover Truck brings knitting to the streets

Unfinished knitted artworks on display in Norwich (iStockphoto)

A mobile knitting van is taking wool and all things crafty to the streets of California.

Believed to be the country's first mobile yarn store, the Yarnover Truck is a converted van designed to sell yarn and share expertise across the state.

The LA Times reports that Maridee Nelson and Barbra Pushies have begun their journey around South California and will be visiting street fairs, music festivals and other events.

Stocking the truck with as much yarn as possible, they have also added locally-designed knitting patterns

Both ladies are involved in the film industry, however fancied a change and we're inspired by the recent revival of vintage fashion and crafting.

Ms Pushies said: "There hasn't been a lot of stopping and thinking. We just started going."

After purchasing a Chevrolet P30 Step Van and hiring a mechanic to renovate the vehicle, they fitted floor-to-ceiling shelves and a skylight to make it feel more like a shop.

The dynamic duo are keeping their day jobs for now but on weekends and evenings they plan to tap into the some 25 million Americans who knit or crochet, according to the National Needle Arts Association.

But they're not only looking for experienced knitters as beginners are very welcome to pop into the van and learn some lifelong skills.

Ms Nelson said: "To see someone thoroughly enjoy something that you spent so much time on, it's so enriching."

Despite facing a little scepticism, she argued that interest in knitting and crocheting is rising and the average age of knitters has dropped dramatically.

This has largely been helped by yarn-bombers and guerrilla knitters who have brought a little anarchy to the world of wool and inspired beginners to give these crafts a go.

Ms Pushies added that she was excited for people to see the truck.

"I am looking forward to driving on the highway, because you are not going to miss us," she joked.

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