Wilbraham Park Christmas Tree

West Cape May, NJ – How does one explain a town’s preoccupation with yarn?

While most small towns are decorating their Christmas trees with bright lights, West Cape May is getting into the holiday spirit with numerous knit objects, hung delicately from bare branches in Wilbraham Park.

This is not the first time the park has seen more than its share of yarn.

A few years ago, a mysterious group called the Salty Knitters took to yarn bombing Wilbraham Park trees in the middle of the night.

This time around, no mystery about who’s doing the decorating. It’s a group called Scarf It Up – a group of local knitters who make items like clothing and blankets for children in need. They gave away 300 knit items this year to children from Cape May County to Vietnam.

Along the way, they took time to whip up a few hand crafted ornaments for West Cape May’s Christmas tree.

Trouble is – with all the wind and rain, the fragile ornaments are demanding constant adjustment and attention.

And Scarf It Up is out there, tending their unusual Christmas tree.

You get the feeling they really don’t mind untangling the balls of yarn.  Just like they enjoy knitting for childen around the world.

You might say they’re doing Santa’s work all year long.


About Jane Kashlak

Jane Kashlak - a journalist, gardener and Cape Island resident - is writing a book.