Alaska knitter 'yarn-bombs' town for beauty

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

A knitting enthusiast in southeast Alaska is "yarn-bombing" her seaside community by wrapping public poles in knitted casings, sort of like a small-town Christo let loose with doilies.

Fran Hartman has just begun her personal beautification effort in picturesque Sitka. She's decorated four poles so far since starting earlier this month, and plans at least eight more.

Only she doesn't have the city's official permission.

But the 61-year-old former teacher who retired from the Everett School District in Washington state says she's gotten a lot of positive feedback.

Even the mayor, Mim McConnell, calls the project a fun form of self-expression. She says she doesn't have a problem with it.

City Administrator Mark Gorman sums up his reaction by saying it's better to ask for forgiveness than permission.

Yarn-bombing is a form of street art that has occurred in cities across the country in recent years.