Sheyna Carrizal moved to Ruidoso from Austin, TX.
“I picked up crocheting, and I love it.” She noticed yarnbombing in Austin and other major cities, and thought Ruidoso would be a really cool place to bring it to.
“Especially in Midtown, it brings something artistic to these metal structures.”
Is there a point to yarnbombing?
“Not really. I guess I’m a little too nervous to do actual graffiti, so this is my way of doing it so I don’t get in trouble!”
Mostly, she says, she’s obsessed with crocheting. Sheyna even uses pieces she never finished. This morning, she’s adding them along the top of a rusty hand rail in front of the Thunderbird Trading Company. Her son, Arlo, runs up and gives her a hug.
Talia Madrid and Christine Osborne are also busy working in the morning sunshine.
“This is our second or third communal crochet, so far,” says Talia, “I’ve always been very intrigued with street art.” Some of Talia’s friends in Albuquerque introduced her to yarnbombing. She says, “Ever since then, everytime I see it . . . it’s just so cool and inspiring.”
Talia also makes rugs from rags. She’s rag rugged several benches along Midtown. Today, she and Christine are yarnbombing the hand rail along Books Etc., between Rio Street and Sudderth.
“This is one of the only shops in town that sells yarn,” Talia adds.
Along with the balcony of Books Etc., these colorful artists have already yarnbombed places including Apache Trading Co., Leather With Style, 102 Center Street, and the Gazebo Shopping Center
Everyone’s welcome to yarnbomb at approved locations, or donate crochet and knitted pieces.
Talia really wants to yarnbomb Wingfield Park. But first, she got permission from business owners to do public installations for the community.
Their hope is when the Village sees live, clean installations, they might consider approving park locations as well.
“A lot of business owners are excited and want to be involved,” Talia explains.
A car drives by, honking in approval. Christine looks up from her work, and smiles and waves. A couple from Austin climb the stairs to Midtown and remark how pretty the yarn is . . .
“We need more people, so we can get everything done. It’s fun to make things prettier, a splash of color here and there. And it’s all free!” Talia reminds us with a smile.
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