Tree cozy

Hettinger has been “yarn-bombed” over the past few weeks, and it is unknown who the enthusiastic party may be.

This tree west of town is the latest in a series of yarn bombs, put around town by an unknown artist.
This tree west of town is the latest in a series of yarn bombs, put around town by an unknown artist.

Posted Jan. 10, 2013

By JAMIE SPAINHOWER

Record Editor

Hettinger has been “yarn-bombed” over the past few weeks, and it is unknown who the enthusiastic party may be.

A bike was parked under the town Christmas Tree, and had been crocheted or knitted on the seat, and with closer look, the tires, frame and even the spokes. After that, a table and chair appeared on Highway 12, again, covered with bright holiday yarn. It seemed someone was undergoing their own personalized holiday additions to the town.

But no one knew who was doing it.

Now, a tree on the west end of Hettinger is being wrapped in warm yarn as well.

There have been many rumors, but no one has stepped forward to say they are the one adding some color to the town. The chair is now on the road to Bison, and the bike must have gone home, but the table and tree are still there.

Yarn bombing, which has also been called yarn storming, urban knitting or graffiti knitting, is a type of street art or graffiti employing colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fiber rather than paint or chalk, according to wickipedia.

It began in the Netherlands, and in the United States in 2005 Texas knitters used their leftover or unfinished knitting projects, but it has since spread worldwide.

It can be as simple as a parking meter cover or as complex as an entire story.

If anyone knows who is out decorating Hettinger, stop in the paper and let us know. We’d love to talk to the artist!