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The Yarn Bomber: Molly Alger’s Magical Sequel

One of the pandemic’s bright spots — literally as well as figuratively — is the Yarn Bomber.

Knitting by day, then wrapping trees and signposts in colorful displays, she brought joy to countless Westporters who have no idea who she is.

Yarn bombing at Compo Beach (Photo/Judy Auber Jahnel)

Then she played it forward. She offered a virtual knitting course. For just $50, aspiring bombers got needles, yarn, 5 days of instruction (1 hour a day), videos, online tutorials, and a yarn bomb of their own. 

When I publicized the class on “06880,” Molly Alger leaped into action.

Communicating by email, they agreed she would leave $50 under her front door mat. The yarn bomber would leave needles and yarn on the porch, at a time when Molly would not be home.

They followed up with online sessions. Molly already knew how to knit, but the anonymous instructor taught her how to make a “bomb.” They chatted as they worked. “It was delightful!” Molly says.

She nicknamed the bomber “Pearl” (as in purl, a common knitting stitch).

They chose a tree on Molly’s property. “Pearl” came by at night to help with the installation.

Molly Alger holds a flashlight during the installation.

“It was so much fun!” Molly says. “A beaming bright spot in the midst of the pandemic, and something for my husband and me to enjoy every day on our property.”

Next up: Molly plans to do some yarn bombs for friends.

Looks like this is one pandemic idea that should go viral.

The finished yarn bomb product.

0*6*Art*Art*0 — Week 7 Gallery

Wasn’t it just yesterday we were stunned to be self-isolating — and art seemed a safe, sensible way to keep our wits and express our emotions?

No. It was nearly 7 weeks ago.

Every Saturday since, “06880” has shared readers’ artwork. Professional, amateur, old, young — you’re sending us your paintings, collages, sketches, photos, sculptures, chalkwork, cartoons, whatever.

The only rule is it must be inspired by, reflective of, or otherwise related to the times we’re going through.

Keep the submissions coming (including students, of any grade!). Just email dwoog@optonline.net.

Here is this week’s gallery. It’s long on photos, with some very welcome springtime themes.  Enjoy!

“When We Still Had Hope,” soft pastel on sanded paper (Deborah Howland-Murray)

Funky hand-knit mask with tassels (Amy Schneider)

“Kissing,” Sherwood Island (Karen Weingarten)

“Day 1” (Rebecca Ross)

(Eileen Lavigne Flug)

“Wine and Tears” (Nina Bentley)

“Stuck in Your Hometown, Or Loving Your Hometown? Walking Downtown by the River” (Rob Feakins)

“Painting Flowers to Get Excited for Spring,” watercolor and ink pen (Eden Rossman, age 9)

“Robin’s Nest in My Back Yard” (Mary Sikorski)

“Stay Home” (Beth DeVoll)

Winslow Park Animal Hospital (Molly Alger)

“The Zeitgeist,” Sherwood Island (originally plane-less, but “stuff happened”); oil on canvas (Steven Parton)

Oh My 06880 — Photo Challenge #42

Last week’s Twilight Zone-ish photo challenge featured a Minnybus sign. The diesel-spewing vehicles have been gone almost as long as Rod Serling, but the signs endure. As Ned Batlin, Ana Johnson and Jane Sherman knew, this one is on Easton Road, near Coleytown Elementary School. (Click here for the photo, then scroll down for comments.)

This week’s photo challenge comes courtesy of Molly Alger:

Oh My 06880 - October 18, 2015

Sure, it’s a letterbox — but where is it?

If you know, click “Comments” below. And if you’ve got the back story as to how it happened to get where it is, add that too!