This heart (and neck, head and hand)-warming story comes courtesy of some caring crafters.
On Saturday, a group of Los Angeles guerrilla knitters "bombed" a homeless shelter with hand-knit scarves and hats. The Los Angeles Times reports that the gifts were displayed on "Wooly WALLart" at the PATH homeless center in East Hollywood, waiting for residents to walk by and take their pick of the lot.
One KnitRioter, who asked to remain anonymous (in accordance with the ethos of the group), shared with the Huffington Post what it was like to leave the gifts. "We actually laid it out in the very early morning because we wanted to be very stealth about it," she said. They scurried away before any staffers at PATH could catch them, said our source, and it looks like their plan worked. "I don't think they even know about it," said the KnitRioter, "unless they were to look at their security tapes."
A call to the PATH homeless center was not immediately returned.
Later on in the day at 9am, one of the members returned to see what had become of the display. "She saw people on the street wearing the hats and scarves, but otherwise everything else was gone," said the source.
KnitRiot sent out the call for this latest project in September on their blog, asking for finished scarves and hats for their "next knitbomb strike." In the past, they have yarn-bombed a tree outside a Los Angeles public elementary school, inviting children to take the art supplies they had hung from the branches. The sign next to the tree said that the display was "a wish for LAUSD to have more funding for arts education."
These photos of anonymous KnitRioters preparing the wall courtesy of KnitRiot.