Making winning float was 'knit' an easy task for Irwin volunteers
Residents and volunteers from the Golden Heights Personal Care home in Irwin spent months knitting and crocheting thousands of yards of yarn into afghans that decorated the winning float for Saturday's parade to mark Irwin's 150th Anniversary.
Barb Tadajski, the home's activities director, said residents started “yarn bombing” the railings and other parts of their building on Pennsylvania Avenue last year around the same time as the “Knit the Bridge” project to cover the Andy Warhol Bridge in Pittsburgh was taking place.
“After residents did the railings, we got bombarded with donations of yarn,” Tadajski said. “So they knitted and crocheted pieces to cover a gazebo in Greensburg in black and gold. When the anniversary parade was announced, they thought it would be great to yarn bomb a float.”
Tadajski said the residents have not decided what to do with the $500 prize for the best float in the anniversary parade. Once the float is dismantled, the afghans will be distributed to local shelters.
“Everyone is very proud of their work and excited that we won,” Tadajski said. “So now they're talking about what the next project will be.”
The second place prize went to Boy Scout Troop 252, which won $300. A $200 third-place prize was awarded to the Norwin Art League.
– Tony LaRussa
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.