The Yarn Bombers have Finally Hit Cambridge!
This morning, as we were driving along Chesterton Road in the pouring rain, under a heavy grey sky, splashing through grey puddles, passing grey pedestrians walking along grey streets, suddenly I was bombarded with bright flashes of colour. I instinctively turned to the colour, and my jaw dropped open as my eyes rested on the most beautiful of sights. Anyone who knows Cambridge knows Chesterton Road is not exactly picturesque, so what I saw was even more eye catching for being so out of place. The grey bike racks opposite the Co-Op had been yarn bombed, guerrilla knitted, covered in knitted and crocheted bands of bright colour. What a sight it was! A few hours later I went back with my camera. Whoever is responsible for this, you are amazing and I love you! Please do more.
If I could knit I would do some of my own urban fibre art, to put a smile on people’s faces and brighten up this wet summer we are having. Yarn bombing (also known as yarnstorming, guerrilla knitting, urban knitting and graffiti knitting) has been around for about 9 years now (probably longer), and has turned the matronly pastime of knitting and cozying up with blankets into a rather cool form of urban art and beautiful, cozy vandalism. Long may it last.