Yarn Bomb takes place every June as part of the June Fest Community Festival in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. It results in the trees in Linear Park on the banks of the Liffey being colourfully decorated for the enjoyment of young and old.
Due to COVID-19, June Fest will not be happening this year. At least not in its usual form.
Yarn Bombers have been described as ‘knitters on steroids’, creating remarkable and seemingly impossible shapes, all from simple old fashioned wool.
While the virus has impacted this year’s festival, chief Yarn Bomber, Annie Morris, does not know the meaning of ‘no’.
Annie is encouraged Newbridge people to yarn bomb their homes, furniture, and family members as part of the first National Yarn Bomb Day in aid of Barnardos.
Already some €,2,000 has been raised and we’re still counting.
Annie has even yarn-bombed her daughter’s car (Fiat 500) to highlight what those currently confined to their homes can do to brighten their lives – with knitting or crochet needles and some coloured thread.
Annie has been given permission by An Garda Síochána in Newbridge to drive her daughter’s yarn-bombed car to the retirement community at McAuley Place in Naas to give the residents a boost.
After her stop in McAuley Place, she will drive to the Holy Family Convent in Newbridge to show the elderly sisters (who made many of the creations that adorn the car) the results of their handiwork.
Annie expects to be at McAuley Place, Naas for 2.00pm and Holy Family Convent, Newbridge for 3.00pm this Thursday – 7 May.
“Hopefully”, said Annie, “the ‘Swift Knitty Drive-by’ will cheer up those currently in isolation and I’m particularly looking forward to the Garda escort”.
According to June Fest Director, Stephen Connelly: ‘the June Festival is sadly postponed for this year, but we are planning a host of virtual activities to enable people to engage with one another constructively during the lockdown period’.
Already, we have run 3 virtual quizzes (8.00pm – Thursday), with more planned. Over 300 homes participated in last week’s quiz.
See June Fest Newbridge Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/junefestnewbridge/) for details on how to access the Quiz.
(Copies of the video, high-resolution photographs and further information are available from: Stephen Connelly (June Fest Festival Director) 085 7112811 firstname.lastname@example.org)