August 17, 2017 06:53 PM
"Knitteapolis" has a thick red beard made of yarn.
It might seem a little discombobulating at first, but it serves a purpose. She wants her art to be mysterious and not about her, so she keeps her identity anonymous. However, the mark she's making on the State Fair this summer will be impossible to miss.
That is to say, she plans to yarn bomb the entire fair.
"That means I'm covering the entire grandstands in knits and in crochet," said Knitteapolis -- rhymes with Minneapolis.
She yarn bombs wearing a crocheted "bearded lady" face mask. Her look is as fascinating as it sounds. Yarn bombing, for those who don't know, basically involves putting knitted or crocheted items on objects around the community such as traffic signs or mailboxes. But this summer the Minnesota State Fair tasked Knitteapolis with creating the biggest yarn bomb ever in Minnesota right in the middle of the fairgrounds.
"There's 220 feet of chain length fence on either side which is completely covered in knits," Knitteapolis said with a big smile.
We're talking about knits that look like Sweet Martha's cookies, sweet corn, Pronto Pups and even French fries, along with huge knitted banners with funny Minnesota sayings. Colorful knitted welcome signs will greet revelers at the grandstand in 22 different languages.
If you're asking why yarn bomb, that's a fair question.
"The whole point of yarn bombing for me is to make people smile," she said. "It's kind of just a random act of kindness."
There's also an educational aspect to it, as it gets younger Minnesotans interested in textile arts, especially if it means they can create life-sized versions of their favorite fair foods with yarn.
So, keep an eye out for Knitteapolis and her bright orange beard. She'll be out at the fair ready to take selflies and fill your mind with the wonders of knitting.
Updated: August 17, 2017 06:53 PM
Created: August 17, 2017 02:37 PM
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