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Making winning float was 'knit' an easy task for Irwin volunteers

| Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.

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

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