Knitted artwork decorating Sitka vandalized

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

Vandals have destroyed knitted decorations on Sitka public signposts that were put up by a local woman.

Reports say Fran Hartman discovered that at least six of the 16 signposts decorations she put up on Lincoln Street in recent weeks were in tatters.

The vandalism occurred overnight last Wednesday. Hartman made the discovery the following day.

Hartman says she spent hundreds of hours and her own money on her personal beautification project.

One of her creations was to add knitted eyeballs to fish-shaped bicycle racks.

Hartman had planned to add more of the knitted decorations, but said soon after the vandalism that she's now having second thoughts.

Early in Hartman's yarn-bombing project, someone stole a stop-sign wrapping that featured three crocheted skulls framed in red.