Long Beach Needs This: Yarn-bombing Goes Philanthropic as Hundreds of Free Knitted Scarves Tied to Trees Offer Some Warmth During the Winter
This is part of our ongoing Long Beach Needs This series that seeks to address two things: Long Beach’s infamous “Manhattanitis,” where our people tend to stick to all-things-Long-Beach while rarely stepping outside and two, highlights great accomplishments, spaces, restaurants, and ideas fostered by our worldly neighbors. It is meant to encourage exploration—from taking a step into the the city next door to visiting other parts of the world—and look at how they successfully implement things, create great food and community, or just view life through a different lens. To see all the Long Beach Needs This posts, click here.
Photos by Brian Addison.
My dude and I were meandering Los Angeles, specifically DTLA) as we often do on weekends. We’re members of LACMA and MOCA, Center Theatre Group… As Long Beachers, we actually love our neighbor.
And we fell in love in with it a bit more when saw scarves.
Everywhere. They were tied to trees. To fence posts. To newspaper stands. And each one had a messaged pinned to it: “I’m not lost. If you are cold and need me, please take me.”
Different from the yarn-bombing that has found itself randomly throughout Long Beach, particularly DTLB due to the efforts of those like Sharon Macnett and Yoshino Rosalia Jasso, this particular project sought to mix art and utility. While new to Los Angeles, this particular form of yarn-work launched in 2010 under the group Chase the Chill based out of Downtown Easton in Pennsylvania, where a loose connection of stitchers decided to take their yarn-bombing—roughly described as a form of guerilla art where stitchers would wrap trees, light posts, and other things in colorful yarn patterns—toward the philanthropic side.
Since then, countless other Chase the Chills have formed: from Edmonton in Alberta to Redwood in NorCal, Cincinnati to Helena, Montana.
Given the extent of the projects reach, from large metropolises to smaller towns, it is a testament to just how far the housing crisis—which crosses urban and rural boundaries—and the homelessness crisis coincide across the nation.
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