Knit the town red (and green and blue and pink)

On Saturday 7 June Bishop’s Waltham will be celebrating International Yarn Bombing Day.

Believed to have begun in Texas, yarn bombing is a type of street art through which everyday items such as bollards, benches and bridges are decorated with knitted or crocheted items. Its popularity has spread throughout the world and has now reached Hampshire!

Yarn Bombing Day coincides with two other important events in Bishop’s Waltham.  Firstly, and appropriately, it is the 25th anniversary of New Wool & Footwear, Bishop’s Waltham’s own yarn and haberdashery shop.  Secondly, 7 June is the date for this year’s Carnival.  This provides an extra reason to decorate the town.

Bishop’s Waltham Town Team is helping to co-ordinate the event and is asking anyone with even the most basic knitting or crocheting skills to get out their needles and left-over wool, and make something colourful to adorn the High Street: hats for bollards, scarves for litter bins, cushions for benches, and chains around post-boxes. Anything goes.  One suggestion is to make bunting or wool squares which can be re-used or turned into something else.

All those with something to contribute should head to the New Wool & Footwear shop in Bishop’s Waltham High Street at 9 am on Saturday 7June.  After a toast to Elizabeth for a successful 25 years in business on Bishop’s Waltham High Street and a group photo, knitters can head off to their chosen location and bomb away!

By 10am the town will be awash with colour, so even if you can’t knit, come and marvel at what can be done with some left-over wool.