Characters I cared about.
Early in the first episode, teenaged Katie uses yarn to create a heart on a fence around a construction site. Until today, I didn't know there was a name -- several, in fact -- for the street art that Katie was creating.
Yarnbombing. Or graffiti knitting. Or urban crocheting. Or one of several other names.
Unbeknownst to me, yarnbombing, the subject of a 2015 TED Talk, has been around for a while, gracing everything from trees and parking meters to buses and even a tank. It's not just a U.S. phenomenon either; London's Knit the City is a yarnbombing collective founded by Lauren O'Farell.
While many appreciate the color and beauty of this textile-based street art, others have concerns. What happens to the knitting/crocheting over time, for example? Is the addition of yarn to tree branches good for the trees? Is this art, a subversive movement or both?
As with many other things, it depends on whom you ask, and the intention behind the person creating the art. Still, it's a fascinating concept -- parking meters with custom-made sweaters and cracks in the pavement with colorful yarn filler certain add color and spark conversation.