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"Yarn-bombing" adds a touch of whimsy and color to a railing at the Mount Royal Shopping Plaza on Wednesday. (Bob King /

'Yarn bombing': Art on the cuff

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Those crochet cuffs, the size of armbands, wrapped around the base of parking meters in downtown Duluth aren't just willy-nilly decorations.


They are the work of guerilla knitters and crochet artists who anonymously hang their wares from trees and metal signs, weave their work into fences and wrap it around railings. It is yarn-bombing, a worldwide form of public art.

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