Guerrilla knitters to strike downtown Grand Junction
Tiny knitted garments tucked here and there as public art — it’s part of Grand Junction’s annual Art & Jazz Festival May 10-12. Tangle owners Allison Blevins and Christina Caspari have participated in the annual festivities ever since Grand Junction’s Downtown Development Authority invited them to do so four years ago.
It’s called “yarn bombing” or “guerrilla knitting” in some parts of the world. And yes, knitters do it all over the world, Caspari said.
Allison Blevins first opened the cozy, chic yarn shop in 2006. She moved Tangle to 525 Main St. two years later and added partner Caspari.
The first year the two women knitted items for Art on the Corner sculptures. Last year they took on a larger project by knitting coverings for the seat, back and handles of the metal benches outside Wells Fargo Bank, at Fourth and Main.
“This year we’re going to add something new. It’s going to be big!” Caspari said.
She didn’t want to disclose the project — pedestrians will have to look for it.
Caspari and Blevins will spend a few hours Friday morning placing the items along Main Street, returning the items to the shop on Sunday.
Tangle sells all kinds of yarns, in every delightful color, plus all the supplies needed for knitting, crocheting and weaving. There’s also a unique selection of fabrics, plus books and magazines with various patterns.
On knit night, Mondays from 7-9 p.m., both men and women gather at Tangle for a little work and camaraderie.
Sample garments — sweaters, hats, scarves — line the walls, giving ideas and showing new knitters what they can aspire to. Most are knitted by Caspari and Blevins, though some are knitted by teachers as models for their students.
A variety of classes for both beginners and more experienced knitters are offered at Tangle. To see a listing, visit http://www.tangleonline.com.
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