Visitors to the Duxbury Free Library last week got a cozy surprise as they saw the results of a yarn bombing that took place on Sunday, Nov. 30.
The library's sign was adorned with large knitted dragons feet, complete with claws, and the bike rack by the back entrance was transformed into a snaking dragon. Both inside and outside the library knitted items highlighted the various knitting programs at the library and showed how much the library staff enjoys the craft.
The idea originated with Denise Garvin, head of circulation, who was inspired to cover the library in yarn because she had just started knitting and had “become a little obsessed with it.”
“All of a sudden, it was a thing,” she said.
Garvin, Karen Hahn and Suzanne Gunnarson got it started and started spreading the word about the yarn bomb- ing to other knitters on staff. At least one person from each department got involved and started knitting furiously. The knitters started working on their pieces in September and before Garvin knew it, she had a full-fledged yarn bombing.
“This place is like that, though; whenever there is something exciting everyone either wants to be part of it or is very supportive of it,” Garvin said. “There wasn’t alot of time to do it and they put in a lot of their personal time into this idea.”
Library director Carol Jankowski said she was impressed with the level of commitment her staff showed with the project. She said the timing of the yarn bombing was appropriate, as the DFL welcomed four authors to the library on Sunday, Dec. 1 as part of the library’s Sunday Salon Series to discuss how knitting healed them, challenged them or helped them grow.
“How can you not love it?” Jankowski said. “The yarn bombing perfectly wrapped it all up.”
When her staff originally proposed the idea of a “yarn bombing,” Jankowski said she was apprehensive.
“When I heard the word ‘bombing,’ I recoiled,” she said. “Any time you hear that word it makes you uncomfort- able. I took some time to think about it and decided it was a way of taking the term and making it fun and creative.”
Jankowksi said she views the yarn bombing as “public art,” and patrons were intrigued by and impressed with the hard work of the library staff. Throughout the library, sweaters covered bulletin boards, scarves warmed hand railings, and fuzzy hats kept the “Please start line here” sign nice and warm. On Monday, Nov. 25, staff members also wore knitted clothes to celebrate the yarn bombing.
“It’s one of those old-fashion crafts that is coming back into style,” Jankowksi said. “Knitting is hugely popular now and I am impressed by how wonderful my staff is that they would take an idea like this and run with it.”