I first heard about yarn bombing a few days ago and immediately hurried on off to Jesus Green to view it in action.
The plane tree avenue on Jesus Green has been transformed. On Saturday, 15 December, the mysterious Cambridge guerrilla knitter The Willow Wanderer and her team snuck out in the early hours and clothed the avenue's 16 lamp posts with woollen socks.
Walk along the avenue (from the red dot on the map to the toilets) and this is what you will see:
What is yarn bombing? It is a kind of street art, made of fibre. Also known as 'guerrilla knitting', 'yarn storm' or 'craft activism'.
To me, this combination is amusing:
|Auguste Boulard, Ladies Knitting and Reading;Source: Arcadja Auction|
Source: Barbara's Re Knitting Blog
...plus street art ...
|Source: Blog Society, Newmarket Road jam.|
... equals yarn bombing!
225 knitted and crocheted 10-inch / 25-cm squares. Nice and woolly to the touch and, on my own visit, dewy-damp, like humid cardigans.
I'm not overly fond of the colour schemes myself: too garish, too circus-like. But the close-up views can be lovely:
Give me a beanie made of this!
Notice the cable ties used to clip the yarn to the posts.
A yarn-bombed lamp post:
And a nude lamp post:
And a (non-yarn-bombed) bench in the flood with a bird:
View more pictures, read more articles:
The Willow Wanderer tells the story of how her team yarn bombed Jesus Green on 15 December 2012!
Cambridge News: Slide show of Jesus Green lamp posts!
Earlier Cambridge yarn bombings:
September 2012: Claireabelle's blogs about a yarn bombed Cambridge signpost!
July 2012: Symonmreynolds photographs yarn bombed Cambridge bicycle stands!
Guerrilla knitters around the world!
More Cambridge street art: