Richmond Yarn Bomb!
Here at Ply, we’ve been busy as bees working on our yarn bomb project in front of the shop, and we’ve noticed some other people have been secretly working too! We can’t wait to see everyone’s projects finished, and we are absolutely in love with how bright the entire downtown is looking, filled with knitted and crocheted projects popping up in random and fun places!
We hope you’ve had time to drive or walk through the downtown and see the projects that everyone is accomplishing, but in case you haven’t, or at least haven’t been able to see them recently, we thought we would bring you some images of how much Arnie, our tree in front of the shop, has changed in the past month…
On the farthest right-hand branch in this photo, slithering his way to a beautiful view of Downtown, I am proud to introduce Shaq, the seriously cool garden snake, creatively crafted by Mary Jones.
In the left-middle of this photo, you will notice a wonderfully woven web spun by Phineas the sweet spider, both of which were handmade by Marissa Brim.
Captured in the center of the photo, trailing up the middle branches are a bunch of bumbling bumble bees, also cautiously crocheted by Marissa Brim (They are sweet as can be, especially for bees!).
Hanging while munching on his delicious acorn you’ll see Butch the hungry gray squirrel, seated squarely on the middle branch. He was made by our very own Sam Purcell.
In the photo to the right, we snuck a peek at the bumble bee hive, knitted and felted by Marrisa Brim! (Bumble Bees have to have a home, you know!)
You can also see that we caught Butch while he was munching and crunching that acorn we were talking about!
Check out Frankie, the momma Opossum, and her babies, Fi, Fie, Fo, and Fum, also gently crocheted by Marissa Brim. They love to ‘Hang Out’ on a nice high branch where they can have the perfect view of everything going on across Arnie the tree!
You’ll also see Frisbee & Beans, the brother and sister brown squirrels, being silly and chasing each other around on Arnie’s trunk at the bottom of this photo! They were kindly knit by Sam Purcell to be a pair of fun-loving and playful squirrels!
We hope that our glimpse of a few of the fun, goofy additions to Arnie have encouraged you to come Downtown and see these wonderful creations for yourself. We can guarantee you that they look even cooler in-person, and when you stop by, you’ll get to see lots of details that we could never capture in a few photos.
Don’t forget that if you venture through the rest of Downtown Main Street (and just maybe the 100 block of S 9th Street, hint, hint!) you’ll get to see several other beautiful projects that have been carefully placed by other secret yarn-bombers. We are so proud of everyone that has pitched in this year, and we hope that you have the time to enjoy everyone’s hard work. If you still would like to participate, you are more than welcome to jump right on in. Check out the poster that started this post off for more details! Furthermore, we plan to make this an annual event, so mark next July off on your calendars for a yarn bombing of your own!
Sam & John Purcell