One of the things I wanted to try this year was Yarnbombing. I had read about the craze and been inspired by the many beautiful projects from around the world. When I found out that International Yarnbombing Day was coming up, I knew I had to get involved.
There are a number of local knitting groups including the Scone Roses WI ‘Stitch and Bitch’ evening and the Monster Yarns knitting group which attracted experienced knitters
However, I wanted to connect with a range of people who may not knit and to help share the skill. So, I devised a series of workshops to teach people this skill and enjoy some communal crafting. We were commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts and so were able to provide knitting kits and tuition free of charge to around 40 people. Interestingly, all the participants were women and many spoke a similar story. As children they were shown how to knit by a family member, often a grandmother. However, they were too young to be interested or did not keep the skill up into their adult lives and now they wanted to learn again, but sadly those women were no longer around to share their skills. It made me consider how knitting can connect you with previous generations and evoke strong memories of childhood happiness.
After publicity on social media and local radio, we met on a Saturday afternoon to undertake the actual Yarnbomb of the Embankment area of Bedford. Around 35 people turned up. Half were people I knew through the knitting workshops or the Scone Roses WI. The remainder were people who just wanted to get involved in some craft based fun! Some people had brought ready knitted items to use, others had pom poms and a small band of children really enjoyed running around trees with balls of wool!
It took us around half an hour to create our Yarnbomb and we really enjoyed doing it. Here are some pictures from the day and I would love to hear about your own Yarnbombs! Check out the facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/bedyarn