Menlo mystery: Yarn arms hugging telephone poles on Santa Cruz Avenue

by Linda Hubbard on April 29, 2019

We’ve had a number of readers ask about the ever-growing number of yarn arms/hands wrapped around telephone poles along the Fremont Park side of  Santa Cruz Avenue. They’re scattered between San Mateo Drive and University Avenue, taking tree hugging to a new level.

Discovering this morning that the hugging had taken a right turn literally — there’s a new installation on a pole on University across from Peet’s, the first, to our knowledge, not on Santa Cruz — we decided to put this mystery out to our readers with the hope of having someone solve the case: Who is performing this wonderful and whimsical artwork — and why?

One reader emailed some context (particularly for those of us who don’t knit and don’t understand its complexity): “Based on knitting styles, yarns and pattern choices, I’d say there are at least two knitters — or maybe a whole knitting club!”

InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most gave up part of his Sunday to photograph the yarn arms. We present a selection here. It was hard to choose; they are all so bright and cheerful!

Who can we thank???

Photos by Robb Most (c) 2019

Category:

4 Comments

Mary Ergas April 29, 2019 at 3:12 pm

I am familiar with this idea. My cousin who lives in Minnesota does what she calls “knit bombing”. She places knitted pieces into iron fences and poles. It’s sort of like a nice surprise to leave for people to make them smile or brighten their day. It’s also known as “yarn bombing” and there’s a wikipedia site that talks about it.. A lovely concept!

Steven Luebkeman April 29, 2019 at 11:59 pm

This was done in Columbia North Carolina all over Main St.

Judy Adams April 30, 2019 at 12:43 am

What a warm and fuzzy street art effort! Thanks for the yarn bombers of MP.

A ShutterBug Explores May 02, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Oh I would to have the pattern for this ~ Does anyone have a link for this pattern?/?? Thanks
Carol

Comments are closed.

Events
HELP SUPPORT INMENLO!

Please help support InMenlo! Your contribution will help us continue to bring InMenlo to you. Click on the button below to contribute!

LuLus Taco Dilla