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Trees Wear Sweaters In Recognition Of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Last updated on Friday, October 5, 2012

(BLOOMINGTON) - As part of the October’s Gallery Walk, knitters, croscheters and other fiber artists will wrap trees in yarn in downtown Bloomington with love and warmth in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Yarn-bombing is a phenomenon that started in the Netherlands. Knitters would cover things like trees, benches and bike racks.

Mary Ann Gingles, owner of local Yarns Unlimited say they usually do it at night when nobody's looking.

Yarns Unlimited has teamed up with Middle Way House to raise funds to aid victims of domestic violence. Fiber artists will prepare sweater designs that incorporate images and messages pertinent to Domestic Violence Awareness month. Some sweaters will express the care victims at the Middle Way House receive.

This is the first year the fundraiser, Knitting to Heal, has been coordinated in Bloomington. So far, 23 businesses have sponsored trees, and Knitting to Heal has already raised more than $10,000.

Gingles says there will be an IU tree to celebrate homecoming. IU basketball Coach Tom Crean sponsored the IU tree.

The last weekend of October, the community will have the opportunity to pay a dollar to vote for their favorite tree sweaters. The sweaters will remain on the trees until spring 2013.

For more information visit yarnsunlimited.com

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