Approximately 130 squares crocheted together make the ultimate work of art for Peterborough Public Library as they were ‘bombshelled’ for National Deafblindness Awareness Month on Thursday.

Deafblind Communications Coordinator Sarah Grimbly (left) with Mayor Diane Therrien (right) with the approximately 130 crocheted squares hanging on the left side of the Peterborough Public Library as they enter the main entrance. Photo by David Tuan Bui.

Yarn bombing (also known as knitfiti) is a form of street art where yarn is knitted, crocheted or wrapped and displayed in a public space.

The yarn squares were made by people served by Ontario DeafBlind Services (a company that offers services to the deaf and/or blind), knitting groups and volunteers. The company’s campaign is in its second year to celebrate people who are blind and/or deaf.

“The people we support have both hearing and vision loss and rely heavily on their tactile senses,” said DeafBlind Communications Coordinator Sarah Grimbly. “The knitting, the crocheting, the feel of the yarn, it’s all very tactile so it was a great way to get them involved in the initiative as well.”

Mayor Diane Therrien says this is an initiative Peterborough is happy to support and will be effective in helping to create dialogue and awareness for deafblind people.

“The Peterborough Library is a community hub, there are a lot of people passing through here, so the more awareness we can bring there, the better,” she said. “It’s a great conversation starter that people will talk about and spread the word to their friends and family.”

Several crochet projects have bombarded towns across the province. They exist in parks, downtown spaces, public buildings and more. Participating cities include London, Innisfil and Ottawa as well as Peterborough.

The knitting project remains on the wall of the library for the month of June.

National Deafblind Awareness Month takes place each June as it is the birth month of famous author Helen Keller, known for her visual and hearing impairment.