Leitrim will mark today’s Worldwide Knit in Public Day (Tuesday, June 12) in a very unique way. The Cultural Quarters, Ballinamore will be yarnbombing a (undisclosed) building in the town!
Yarnbombing is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.
The Cultural Quarters, Ballinamore have approximately 70 contributing knitters, crocheters, and even needle-felters, from all over the world, who are sending in pieces of cloth to help wrap a building and raise some money. Submissions of knitting and crochet has been donated from crafters all over Ireland and around the world.
The building which is getting this unique knit make over is being kept a top secret, the brightly covered building will “pop up” overnight to surprise and delight locals and passer bys.
The fundraiser event will raise funds for the Cultural Quarters renovation programme and the Irish Dogs For The Disabled who train assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities.
On June 12 itself, the wrapped building will be available to the public to view and afterwards, the cloth will be made into small gift items and offered by auction via the CQ facebook page. The auction will close at midnight GMT July 1. All proceeds will then be divided equally between the two causes. Anyone wishing to see the work should enquire at the Cultural Quarters, Main Street Ballinamore on Tuesday, June 12. The Cultural Quarters are orgainsing the second Ballinamore Free Fringe Festival in August this year.