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Yarn Bombing has heads turning

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
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An owl statue next to the Houston Public Library is covered in knitting as part of the Yarn Bombing at the library. Photo by Barb Jeffers

During Southeastern Minnesota’s third annual Sheep and Fiber Farm Tour the library in Houston, Minn., experienced a “yarn bombing” by members of the library’s two knitting groups as well as others who donated yarn or their own knitting or crocheting for the project.

While driving through Houston it is hard not to notice the brightly colored knitting and crocheting covering everything near the library. Items which have been covered are five trees, six flagpoles, a trash can, a light pole, an owl statue, a park bench, and a picnic table with two benches among others. Even the stop sign by the library has a crocheted green stem and leaves.

According to Liz Gibson-Gasset who has been the librarian since the library opened in February 2001, the library has two knitting groups. The groups consist of one adult group, known as the Cultured Purls, which meets every Thursday night from 6 - 8 p.m. and one Kids group which meets every Tuesday after school from 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Gibson-Gasset organized the yarn bombing and the groups have been knitting since February of this year to get ready for the yarn bombing during the Fiber Tour the weekend of October 4-6, 2013. Some members chose a certain object they wanted to cover and knitted for that object while others sewed pieces which would be added to other pieces in order to cover objects.

Gibson-Gasset states that the yarn bombing at the library took place to support the third annual Sheep and Farm Tour and also to celebrate knitting, to recycle leftovers, and also as a community art project. She said, “Community art projects are always fun and everyone enjoys them.” Gibson-Gasset also stated, “It is important to know who makes your clothes and where they come from.” This is similar as people want to know where their food comes from.

On October 6, 2013 a group of volunteers spent approximately eight hours sewing the pieces together on the items they wished to cover. The result is a very cheerful and colorful space next to the library which many have taken notice of.

According to Assistant Librarian Bekki Rohweder there have been many people stopping by to look at the yarn bombing with many comments and many thumbs up for the wonderful job the group did to raise awareness of knitting and crocheting as well as the Sheep and Fiber Farm Tour. To find out more information on the Sheep and Fiber Farm Tour visit

The yarn bombing will be visible in the space next to the Houston Public Library as long as it looks good stated Liz Gibson-Gasset and should be up through Thanksgiving.

The Houston Public Library is located at 202 E. Cedar Street in Houston, Minn. The phone number for the library is (507) 896-READ. More information can be found on the library Facebook page at For more photos of the yarn bombing go to the Fillmore County Journal’s facebook page at

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