A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the wonderful yarn-bombing of the Tim Horton’s coffee truck.
We often hear about these types of projects – although less often of this size – but we don’t hear about what happens afterwards.
The Lettuce Knit team told me their story.
The project was commissioned by an ad agency, and their initial proposal had been to use the least expensive yarn they could find – entirely understandably. Sylvie, the owner of the shop, convinced them to use wool. Specifically, Cascade Eco wool.Sylvie was concerned about what would happen to the panels when they were taken off the truck, and she had a plan to stop them from just being thrown in the garbage…
Once the panels had been taken off the truck, Sylvie and her partner Angela enlisted the help of regular customer and laundromat owner Ruth-Anne. They carefully unpicked the seams,
Sylvie, undoing the panels
Ruth-Anne and her helper dog, Lucy.
and they used one of the giant washing machines to felt the panels.
Angela, with a felted blanket
The end result is a whole load of blankets that Tim Horton’s is able to donate to Convenant House, a local refuge for homeless youth.