What the yarn? Community comes together to brighten downtown Erwin

If you’ve been to downtown Erwin lately, you may have noticed things are a little more colorful. 

Down Main Avenue, light fixtures, park benches and garbage cans are covered in handmade scarves of in a splash of different designs and colors. Erwin communications specialist Jamie Rice said this is the first year that the town has participated in a “yarn bomb,” but said that the community jumped on the opportunity to beautify downtown. 

“We were really inspired by Dr. Seuss, and his birthday is March 2, and we really wanted to bring awareness to his birthday and Read Across America,” Rice said. “We usually have our sweet little elephant statues in summer on the streets, but we don’t really have any color in the winter.” 

Community members of all ages pulled together to produce the 65 pieces that are adorning downtown. Rice said she was surprised by the response that the event generated in the community. 

But the event wasn’t limited to those with knitting experience under their fingers. Throughout the month, RISE Erwin held six workshops at different downtown locations to help aspiring knitters and crotcheters learn their new craft. 

“It was really fun to see people join together and learn some new skills and share with each other what they knew,” Rice said, adding that 32 people showed up to the first workshop. “I knew it was going to be really special.” 

She also said the event will be back in the future, with different ways to “yarn bomb” the town in mind. 

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