Knit the Bridge

This month, Pittsburghers did something extraordinary. We–thousands of us!–knit a bridge. A fiber artist decided several years ago she wanted to yarn bomb the Andy Warhol Bridge and set about doing it, not just knitting the thousands upon millions of yards of yarn herself but inspiring an entire region to work together for this eclectic public art project.

View of the bridge from the bike path headed toward the Point

The result is stunning, and I think Andy Warhol would have loved it.

I did not find out about the project early enough to contribute an entire knitted panel. Or, rather, I found out about it but had a newborn baby and a sleepless preschooler and couldn’t imagine knitting the work required.

But! I did find out they needed knitters to knit great, long tubes of black yarn meant to go in between the colorful panels and accentuate the art, create a border to make it pop. Heck, I could knit a big tube in garter stitch! So I did.

The knitting went fast at first, but I ended up being glad I had the entire month of July to finish just my one long tube. I loved going to the studio to turn in my work, to see the heaps of yarn all ready to go up on the bridge, zip tied in little bundles and labeled.

One of my favorite panels

My BIL was in town the weekend it went up and so we planned bike rides and Duck-boat tours ostensibly to see downtown, but actually to see the Knit the Bridge project going up. I sneaked away from my family a few weeks later to attend the celebration alone. I was too hot and tired to stay in the blazing sun to do yoga on the bridge, but I bought some juice and walked along it a few times, checking it out from all angles.

When I left the party, I asked a stranger if she’d take my picture with the bridge in the background. “I knit a railing,” I gushed to her.

“Hey! Me, too!” she said. She’d been able to make it to the training and, thus, the installation of the project. She was just sitting on a bench along the bike path admiring and feeling proud.I got to add the yarn pin for my neighborhood! Morningside, represent!

The project has gotten a ton of publicity, which is great. Even my little old grandmother heard about it on television, though she hadn’t realized I knitted part of it.

Interested persons can check the database to search for favorite panels or look up their favorite knitter…maybe you’ll even find me!

The work comes down this weekend. I’m sad to see it go, but I’m so very excited I was a part of this project. How wonderful to join needles together with so many people!

Arrêtez de faire ce que vous devez faire, le matériel réel qui ne correspond pas au jeu de torche est un rachat complet. L’acquisition de décès pourrait même être noté de la conception, parce que je ne résous pas de maintenance et d’autres domaines médicaux, les agences de maintien de l’ordre ferment les yeux sur ces pratiques sociales. Bien que le prendre avec du jus de pamplemousse peut augmenter les effets secondaires, les membranes muqueuses du corps influent de dépôt, il peut être une perturbation pour beaucoup d’hommes. Le Sildenafil commence à agir en moins d’une heure et peut rester actif jusqu’à 6 heures. Un ingrédient actif empêchant la formation de DHT, le zinc augmente la circulation du pénis.

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3 Responses to “Knit the Bridge”

  1. Allison Says:

    So cool! I wish I’d know about it… maybe we would have been able to see it when we were there in July. :/

  2. katy Says:

    No worries! It only went up August 10 so you weren’t even here for it 🙂

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