By Janet Cruz
Driving through Downtown McCulloch, one might notice a tree or two wrapped in knitted material. The trees are festive and contain very detailed knitted patterns all created by a local club in Lake Havasu City.
The Knotty Knitters club has been “Yarn Bombing” the trees in Havasu for 11 years.
“Yarn Bombing” is a form of art where buildings and objects are decorated in knitted material. This particular art is a way to not only display the knitters work, but also to create a fun way to decorate a space.
“We usually get started in November, and start knitting before we arrive with our knitted items to wrap the trees up,” said Marylou Tassinari, Knotty Knitters Club founder.
The Knotty Knitters was first started by three members 11 years ago. They all loved knitting but also loved the idea of having a club where they could socialize with others too.
“We first began yarn bombing by the Red Onion restaurant, and over the years we moved it by the Grace Arts Live Theatre and all around McCulloch during the holidays,’ adds Linda Scolls, Knotty Knitters Co-Founder and club member.
There used to be a yarn shop on McCulloch, where many ladies would purchase and gather, until eventually moving meeting places over the years. The group now gathers at the Lake Havasu City Library.
In order to get the trees decorated, members start knitting a month before and create strips of material that are later used to wrap the trees in December. Once they have gathered enough material, bags full of knitted strips are later taken to their location where as a group they begin a “Yarn Bombing” session and fit the trees and knit the strips of material in place.
“The members have a lot of fun doing it,” Tassinari said.
On the yarn-wrapped trees, the observer may also come across pictures of members that have passed away. Their photos on a tree is a lovely memorial to remember their fellow club members each year.
“We have lost a few members and this is our way of remembering them,” said Scolls. “Our first memorial tree was by Mulbery Avenue.”
Over the past two years, members Marilyn Williams, Carol Walker and Sara Stoltz passed away and their photos are among the trees.
For more information on the Knotty Knitters Club, visit its facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/knottyknitterguild/ or meet them at the Lake Havasu City Library every Monday (except on observed holidays) at 12:30 p.m.