Downtown Apex gets ‘yarn bombed’

twanbaugh@newsobserver.comJune 15, 2014 

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— Downtown Apex got a little more colorful over the weekend.

About two dozen people wrapped light poles, benches, trash receptacles and more along Salem Street with knitted material on Sunday evening.

Michele Riggs, who owns DownTown Knits in Apex, helped plan the “yarn bomb,” in which knitters and crocheters blanket everything in sight.

“This has never been done before (in Apex),” Riggs said. “We thought it would be really fun.”

World Wide Knit in Public Day, recognized on the second Saturday of June each year, was first celebrated in 2005. Since then, the event has turned into a weeklong affair, this year from June 14-22.

Apex is home to a large knitting community, Riggs said. Her store accepted donations of knitted material for the yarn bomb.

“We had people donating pieces they made from all over the Triangle,” Riggs said. “I had a pile in the back of my store that was four feet high.”

Karla Jacobus, 54, of Cary said she took part in the event because she figured it would be fun.

“DownTown Knits has a great community,” Jacobus said. “I have made great friends and learned a lot.”

Riggs also has something else to celebrate this month. June marks the four-year anniversary for DownTown Knits. The shop hosted a fashion show for local artists to strut their stuff and model their work on Friday.

“I had the opportunity to do something different,” Riggs said of her store. “We’re really about community, and the shop doubles as a gathering space for knitters.”

As for the yarn bomb, Riggs said, “Our main goal is to create out-of-the-box thinking and provide awareness of the craft.”

Wanbaugh: 919-460-2604; Twitter: @TaylorWanbaugh

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