A lovely little yarn now for all ye fond of happy woolen surprises.
The market town of New Milton in Hampshire got a welcome shock a few weeks ago as it arose one morning to find its Station Road transformed into an Alice in Wonderland-esque scene. As if from nowhere knitted covers, bunting, soft toys and other craft items adorned the length and breadth of the street transforming familiar town features into creative, colourful curios.
An unsuspecting cyclist had their entire bike masked in fluorescent yarn, a plain iron gate now provides a welcome perch for a large plush caterpillar and even the local postbox has got in on the action by sporting a dashing little hand made pom-pom hat. The town clock has been given its own knitted mouse, trees proudly wear impressive wollen trunk covers and pavement benches have become doubly inviting with the addition of ‘grandma’s livingroom’ style cushions. Why?
Is there ever really a reason needed for knitting a pom-pom hat for a post box or uniting a town clock with its traditional poetic partner? Not in our book - and it seems the folks behind this most recent ‘Craft Bomb’ (known as Nutty Crafters) are of the same mind, describing how they "wanted to spread a little bit of handmade love".
This is just the latest in a ‘rampage’ of craft bombs being set off all across the country, with villages, towns and cities waking to find woolly wonders adding a welcome splash of colour and mystery to their streets.
If like us you are a little bit loopy about all things handmade and crafty, then you might like to take a look at some of these recent posts.