What is yarnstorming? Also known as guerilla knitting or yarnbombing, yarnstorming is a type of graffiti or street art. Yarn stormers decorate public places with colourful displays of knitting and crochet, usually decorating statues, posts, seats or trees. It is usually a secretive activity and can be purely for fun or can be a form of demonstration or activism (a form of “craftivism”).
In Spring 2014 we yarn-stormed Anglesey Abbey (ssh) to…
– celebrate the National Trust’s support of sustainable transport and the cycle path from Anglesey Abbey to Wicken Fen,
– support Lode and other local parish councils in their efforts to secure a new cycle path from Lode to Quy
– look forward with excitement to the Tour de France passing through our city.
Every time you miss your childhood, ride on a bicycle!
― Mehmet Murat ildan
The Lode-Quy path will complete the cycle route from Cambridge to Wicken Fen via Anglesey Abbey, and we were delighted that, as well as a host of local yarnstormers, we were able to enlist the help of knitters from both ends of this route, from Cambridge and Ely. Our yarnstormers also represented all the different groups who will use the track: we included in our number men and women of all ages as well as plenty of children who learned French knitting, weaving and pom-pom making. In total over forty people contributed to the project.
Here are some of our creations – take a look at the Gallery to see more.
Following on from the yarnstorming we have continued to raise awarenessof the Lode-Quy cycle path campaign (see our page dedicated to the campaign) by displaying some of our knitted bicycles and wheels at local fairs and selling pompom handlebar decorations.