Knitting Against Bullying

Knitters in South Orange and Maplewood are fighting against bullying–not with their knitting needles, but with yarn.

A new group of knitters who call themselves Rebel Yarn have been yarnbombing around SOMA. They like to call it YarnStorming and they wrapped the Village clock on Mischief night and have many other ideas planned to promote the art.

This time, however, they are knitting for a cause.

On Sunday, November 21, the goal is to have 1,000 stop signs wrapped in orange yarn in an effort to bring awareness to bullying. They want help wrapping as many stop sign poles possible and adding notes that express thoughts about bullying or just the words Stop Bullying.

Sadly, bullying has been in the news all too frequently these days. The good news is that, out of tragedy and pain, people are bringing awareness to the problem and trying to help. With essays, programs and video people are trying to stop bullies. This Monday, NJ’s Garden State Equality is taking it to Trenton. November 15 is lobby day for the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, where both the Senate Education Committee and the Assembly Education Committee will hold hearings and vote on the bill.

Amy Hennigen, owner of  The Magic Acorn, a Waldorf school in West Orange, is organizing helping the Stop Bullying yarnstorming event. If you want to get involved, but don’t want to wrap the poles on November 21, you can drop off your knitted swatches at Amy’s school during the week between the hours of 9 am and 12 pm.

The Magic Acorn
The Ridgeview Community Church
174 S. Valley in West Orange, NJ.
(Please use the MEEKER ST. entrance)

(Photo: Flickr/>>>WonderMike<<<)

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