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.


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    • Thank you for your interest. We’re not sure how long it will be up for, although we are hoping for at least a couple of weeks, it depends upon the weather and Anglesey Abbey itself. It looks wonderful in the sunshine so I hope you have opportunity to see the project at its best.

  1. Many thanks for a very entertaining display, it’s been great fun for us at Anglesey Abbey. My favourite is the drunken cyclist by the Dahlia Garden 🙂

  2. I loved the knitted bikes and the statue in cycling gear yesterday on a visit to Anglesey Abbey with my grandsons! Congratulations!
    They are such creative fun.

    I’m very interested in the proposed cycle route from Lode to Quy but can’t find any route information. Would you please enlighten me as I am a Sustrans volunteer ranger from Canterbury in Kent and would like to cycle to Anglesey Abbey next time…many thanks.

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