Stockton’s first yarn bombing

A local group calling itself Knitorious 209 yarn-bombed Martin Luther King Plaza on June 11.

Yarn bombing, a form of street art, has been around for several years. Local knit groups strew their creations around public spaces in the dead of night.

Knitorious gave some love to Dr. King.

yarn king
They blossomed the bushes. 

yarn best blossom

They pranked the parking meters.

yarn meter

They even snuck a snake into a tree.

yarn snake in tree

Technically yarn bombing is illegal. It shouldn’t be. It’s kinder, gentler graffiti, painstakingly created, easy to remove and — from what I’ve seen — a nice dash of soft color gifted to a city reeling from all the negatives.

“Our intent:” Knitorious wrote on little leaflets attatched to their yarn, “to beautify downtown Stockton … to draw your attention to something you might otherwise ignore … to bring some positive publicity to our city.”

Check out Knitorious 209′s website. 

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