Today, 11th June 2017, is apparently ‘International Yarn Bombing Day’! 🙂 I’m not sure who made that up but it’s a great opportunity to spread a little yarn related joy… Yarn bombing is a light hearted and fun way to brighten some outside places. I love it when I see something covered in a beautiful piece of crochet or knitting.
We saw this fabulous one in Wales last year which I shared in a blog post Wonderful Wales
And (drum roll please 😉 )… here is my very first Yarn Bomb that I put up last week… Yay! 🙂
(And look at that seagull that ‘photo bombed’ the picture too!)
There’s a very long, functional, much needed but ugly railing leading down to our local beach and I’ve been wanting to cover it in crochet for ages. My yarn bomb covers just a small section but I think it’s a whole lot prettier now!It had to be sewn into place so I set my alarm for 05.30 and went down to the beach to begin my yarn bombing operation… it felt like I was on an undercover mission! It took over half an hour to sew it into place and in that time only one early morning dog walker came past.
I’ve been back a few times during the week to check on it and am so pleased to be able to say that as I write this it’s still intact and firmly in position! 🙂 Yay! It’s been up for over a week now and we’ve had some high winds and torrential rain during that time so I’m glad it’s still surviving…
Having been able to photograph it on different days with different weather and sea conditions, here are some of the photos I’ve taken…
When I shared a photo on Instagram I got an overwhelming response…people really do seem to love this spreading of yarn love. One person did leave the following comment though which I wholeheartedly respect…
“Many people with disabilities and frailties rely on hand rails. Think carefully about maintaining their functionality. Often yarn bombs on hand rails make them dangerous because they slip around or they get wet in the weather and loosen up. Your yarn bomb is pretty and the perfect pallette for the setting, just make sure it is safe.”
That did make me think- of course I would never want to jeopardise anyone’s safety. Fortunately the railing I have covered is more of a safety barrier than a hand rail as it leads from the cliff top down to the beach but I will be keeping a close eye on it… 🙂
And here’s a photo which shows more of the railings… as you can see there’s a whole lot more that could be covered! But that will have to wait… there are just too many other things on my crochet to-do list I’m afraid… 🙂 🙂
Yarn bombs don’t have to be big… some people simply crochet little hearts or flowers and attach them to various things, sometimes inviting the person who discovers them to take them home, which is rather lovely.
Have any of you done this or are you planning anything for today?
It feels so nice to have been able to spread a little yarn joy by yarn bombing this section of railing. And it certainly makes me smile whenever I walk by so I hope it does for others too…
Happy Crocheting Everyone… 🙂 🙂