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Only in Canada: Knitters to Yarnbomb an Entire DC-3 Airplane

Where: Canada
July 24, 2012 at 7:23 PM | by | ()

Typically we would advise to never combine the words "airplane" and "bomb" in the same sentence, but here goes: A Canadian group of knitters and the Yukon Transportation Museum have combined forces and are planning to yarnbomb a DC-3 airplane. Granted, the plane (formerly of Canadian Pacific Airways) no longer flies; instead it serves as Whitehorse Airport's (YXY) weathervane, mounted on a pedestal and pointing into the wind.

As of July 17, the Yukon Yarnbomb group behind the project had nearly reached their goal of getting enough yarn (and completed blankets sent by donors from around the world!) to cover the entire aircraft. Sewing it on the bird comes next. To get the support they have and progress so far so quickly, the group did their homework to document the plane's individual history and spread the world through the crafting community both online and offline.

The DC-3 is still a historic artifact, however, and belongs to the Yukon Transportation Museum's permanent collection. Thus, the yarnbomb will be temporary and very carefully constructed. They explain: "we’ve been working with the museum staff and board at Yukon Transportation Museum, the staff at Yukon Arts Centre, air craft engineers, industrial rental companies, architects, local and national conservation officers." Check out their detailed pattern here.

The yarnbomb will cover the DC-3 from August 11 - September 8, 2012, at which point it'll be removed, divided into blankets, cleaned and donated to charities.

Sewing bees to contribute to the yarnbomb of the DC-3 are taking place through August 10. More info here.


[Images: YarnbombYukon]

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