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Local knitters to yarn bomb Rockweave

Rockweave music and arts festival will include a community-based “yarn bomb” installation and coordinators are calling on local crocheters and knitters to participate. Volunteers are invited to an information meeting at 10 a.m. July 23. 

Rockweave is a two-day festival celebrating the common threads of music, art, food and the power of community. 

“The name came from a textile mill in LaGrange that ran for a few years almost a century ago. We felt the name tied a new event to the rich history of our community. The yarn installation will add to that,” said Keyal Loveland, Sweetland Amphitheatre director.

Yarn bombing is a form of street art that covers objects or structures in public places with decorative crocheted or knitted material. The installations will be across the downtown area and will begin appearing in September.

Volunteer groups have been working on the project since January, said Holly Roberts, co-coordinator for the project.  There is still a need for more created items including bunting, mandelas and individual pieces. All ability levels of crochet or knit crafters can participate. 

There is a specific color scheme and a partnership with Rockweave and Hobby Lobby in LaGrange will provide all the yarn volunteers will use, Roberts said.

An information meeting will be held at 10 a.m. July 23 at Mike Daniel Rec Center, 1220 Lafayette Pkwy. Yarn and patterns will be available and all levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome to attend. For information about volunteering, contact Sherri Brown at sherrib100@aol.com or at (706) 402-6423.