The Curl of the Market (De Krul op de Markt) in Nieuwegein was the subject of a massive yarnbomb in December of 2001.
Nieuwegein is dedicated to art and culture because their philosophy is to attract people on its merits rather than “pulling” them in. They focus on large pieces like the Curl, which is the main symbol of Nieuwegein.1,5
Preparation for the Yarnbomb
This yarnbomb was the grand finale of Breispoor (Knit Graffiti), a nearly month-long urban knitting of the Nieuwegein municipality that began on November 5.
The full project included around 90 overall knitters, crocheters, quilters, and embroiderers (joined by a stray shopper here and there who jumped in to help) of ages from 8 to 80 who participated in the project.2,4,6
Beginning in October 2010, participants of the Curl yarnbomb created pieces at home and met weekly for “knit-in” groups.6
A 1:1 model had been created in order to test the fit.8
The stitching together of the blanket took two weeks.8
The completed blanket contained around 300 individual pieces that were knitted, crocheted, quilted, and/or embroidered into six huge pieces.8
It was very cold on the morning of December 1, 2010, but that did not deter the 13 early birds who gathered at De Krul op de Markt (Curl on the Market) in Nieuwegein to install the completed blanket.5,6
Like the 40 or so other Breispoor (Knit Graffiti) projects that had been installed on November 5, the yarnbomb of the Curl was a secret until it was installed.5,6
The entire yarnbomb blanket was over 40 meters (about 43 yards) long.8
Installing the yarnbomb onto the Curl took about 12 hours.8
One of the crafters (Marjon) commented that biggest memory of the project was of the feeling of unity amongst the large group who worked together on this monumental yarnbomb.6
Yarnbomb of the Nieuwegein Curl Finished!
Journalist Miranda van Keulen from the provincial newspaper AD Utrecht New Leaf commented that the collaborative and eco-friendly trend of urban knitting that originated in and has overtaken America is now coming over to her country.
And we think that makes this yarnbomb project “One Dandy Day” too.4
The yarnbomb was dismantled in early February, 2011. The pieces were carefully cut off then cropped for donation to a charity benefiting orphans in Romania.6
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