A Yarn Bomb Hits Redmond

Seattle artist Suzanne Tidwell festoons Anderson Park trees with festive knitwear.

If you spent any time in Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park last summer, you noticed the trees were a bit warmer and cozier than usual, their trunks wrapped in brightly striped sweaters. The trend—known as “yarn bombing”—is happening nationally, with avant-garde crafters knitting thousands of rows with which to wrap utility poles, parking meters, park benches and outdoor sculpture. (The Fremont Troll has been yarn bombed with a knit hat and scarf on separate occasions.) Sometimes these bombings are guerrilla; sometimes they’re sanctioned. The “tree socks” in Occidental Park were executed by local artist Suzanne Tidwell (with permission from the city), who’s been given the go-ahead to bring another festive “Artificial Light” installation to the trees in Redmond’s Anderson Park this spring. Swing by for a whole different take on tree trimming.

3/8–6/3. Free. Anderson Park, Redmond, 7802 168th Ave. NE; suzannetidwell.com