Yarn-bombing comes to New Milton as benches, fences, bikes and post box covered in knitting

VIDEO: Residents surprise as town 'yarn-bombed' with knitting

Arthur Storey and Roy Church admire the work

Kirsten Jansen takes pictures of one of the installations.

Jemma Figgins and Kathy Sirl who co-ordinated the Yarn Bombing of New Milton

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RESIDENTS awoke to discover their town had been 'yarn-bombed' by artists this morning.

Benches, fences and even bikes have been targeted by the artists, covering the items in kinitting and crochet.

The installations have caused quite a stir with the locals, most of whom seem to think it's a great idea.

Crafters who sell their works in the Hand Made New Forest shop have claimed responsibility for the fabulous street decorations.

The brain child of portrait artist Gemma Figgins, she and around 15 other "craft ninjas" took to the high street in the early hours.

"It's just a bit of fun," she said. "We wanted to make people smile."

Handmade New Forest tweeted some of the items this morning, which included the post box, bike racks and bins.

 

Yarn bombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is described as a type of street art using colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.

As well as various knitted items, there is also a paper mâché chicken on the phone box.

Kirsten Jansen said: "It's amazing. They must have got up very early."

But Elizabeth Arnold wasn't left in stitches. She said: "It's a bit odd. I've lived here for six years and never seen anything like it."

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10:32am Fri 15 Aug 14

Carolyn43 says...

Absolutely wonderful! Great to see people displaying their crafts in such a different way. Much better than graffiti or litter, and it harms no-one.

But how long before the authorities spoil the fun and remove it all?
Absolutely wonderful! Great to see people displaying their crafts in such a different way. Much better than graffiti or litter, and it harms no-one. But how long before the authorities spoil the fun and remove it all? Carolyn43
  • Score: 28

10:54am Fri 15 Aug 14

twynham says...

Great fun, knitters have balls!
Great fun, knitters have balls! twynham
  • Score: 17

10:58am Fri 15 Aug 14

we-shall-see says...

Well done ladies! I bet their efforts bought a smile to many faces this morning and after all isn't that what life is all about - making each other happy?

I'd love to see it done more often and in other towns in the area! What fun :o))
Well done ladies! I bet their efforts bought a smile to many faces this morning and after all isn't that what life is all about - making each other happy? I'd love to see it done more often and in other towns in the area! What fun :o)) we-shall-see
  • Score: 28

2:10pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Baysider says...

Carolyn43 wrote:
Absolutely wonderful! Great to see people displaying their crafts in such a different way. Much better than graffiti or litter, and it harms no-one.

But how long before the authorities spoil the fun and remove it all?
Never one to miss an opportunity to have a go at the council eh Caroline? Well done to the knitters responsible btw loving your work!
[quote][p][bold]Carolyn43[/bold] wrote: Absolutely wonderful! Great to see people displaying their crafts in such a different way. Much better than graffiti or litter, and it harms no-one. But how long before the authorities spoil the fun and remove it all?[/p][/quote]Never one to miss an opportunity to have a go at the council eh Caroline? Well done to the knitters responsible btw loving your work! Baysider
  • Score: 1

2:16pm Fri 15 Aug 14

John T says...

Another woolly story from our investigative Echo Reporter.
Another woolly story from our investigative Echo Reporter. John T
  • Score: 0

3:27pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Howdie says...

Fab idea.....must pop along to that shop and have a look.........very funny especially for New Milton!!!
Fab idea.....must pop along to that shop and have a look.........very funny especially for New Milton!!! Howdie
  • Score: 6

4:51pm Fri 15 Aug 14

flipflops says...

Carolyn43 wrote:
Absolutely wonderful! Great to see people displaying their crafts in such a different way. Much better than graffiti or litter, and it harms no-one.

But how long before the authorities spoil the fun and remove it all?
i was about to say the same. well done to the knitters but watch out for health and safety knutters.
[quote][p][bold]Carolyn43[/bold] wrote: Absolutely wonderful! Great to see people displaying their crafts in such a different way. Much better than graffiti or litter, and it harms no-one. But how long before the authorities spoil the fun and remove it all?[/p][/quote]i was about to say the same. well done to the knitters but watch out for health and safety knutters. flipflops
  • Score: 4

6:11pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Carolyn43 says...

Carolyn43 wrote:
Absolutely wonderful! Great to see people displaying their crafts in such a different way. Much better than graffiti or litter, and it harms no-one.

But how long before the authorities spoil the fun and remove it all?
Not having a go at the council at all (I said authorities, not councils), but being a knitter, crocheter, lacemaker, dressmaker and other crafts, I have participated in similar events which have been removed by "authorities" almost immediately.

Another example of reading something that wasn't there into a post.
[quote][p][bold]Carolyn43[/bold] wrote: Absolutely wonderful! Great to see people displaying their crafts in such a different way. Much better than graffiti or litter, and it harms no-one. But how long before the authorities spoil the fun and remove it all?[/p][/quote]Not having a go at the council at all (I said authorities, not councils), but being a knitter, crocheter, lacemaker, dressmaker and other crafts, I have participated in similar events which have been removed by "authorities" almost immediately. Another example of reading something that wasn't there into a post. Carolyn43
  • Score: 3

6:43pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Carolyn43 says...

Sorry, last post was aimed at Baysider who said "Never one to miss an opportunity to have a go at the council eh Caroline? Well done to the knitters responsible btw loving your work!"

When I was involved in one BT removed stuff from the phone boxes, and the police from bollards and traffic lights. Those "authorities", not the council.

And it's Carolyn not Caroline.
Sorry, last post was aimed at Baysider who said "Never one to miss an opportunity to have a go at the council eh Caroline? Well done to the knitters responsible btw loving your work!" When I was involved in one BT removed stuff from the phone boxes, and the police from bollards and traffic lights. Those "authorities", not the council. And it's Carolyn not Caroline. Carolyn43
  • Score: 4

7:16pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Ayles 10 says...

I love this & wish I'd been in New Milton to see it. More knit-bombing please ladies (and, er gents?). Ringwood could do with a bit of brightening up....
I love this & wish I'd been in New Milton to see it. More knit-bombing please ladies (and, er gents?). Ringwood could do with a bit of brightening up.... Ayles 10
  • Score: 4

9:55pm Fri 15 Aug 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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I saw this over 10 yrs ago when I was living in London. They even done the trees and painted snails in the area. Freaky after a heavy night and no sleep lol.
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzz . I saw this over 10 yrs ago when I was living in London. They even done the trees and painted snails in the area. Freaky after a heavy night and no sleep lol. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: -4

12:58pm Sat 16 Aug 14

spooki says...

It does look great when it's done but isn't there a better use for this wool? Blankets & hats for preemies, cuddle blankets or toys for Refuge children or even 'Fish & Chip' babies in Africa?
It does look great when it's done but isn't there a better use for this wool? Blankets & hats for preemies, cuddle blankets or toys for Refuge children or even 'Fish & Chip' babies in Africa? spooki
  • Score: -1

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