I hope you all had a super Valentines Day! I participated in the second annual Sheepish Heart Bomb. Blogger Meredith encourages everyone to spread a little love in their community so I made some crochet hearts.
The UK storms made it pretty tricky to drop my yarn bomb, but I left some in the bookshelves of the library and then took to the market square to yarn bomb a bicycle or two. I couldn’t help myself, this is Cambridge after all.
The weather was shocking, so my photos are not great, but I took one of Kings College which was lit up for the e-luminate festival.
On the way home I passed Short Street. Which is exactly what it says it is. A street with just 6 or so houses in a little row.
Being so close to the river, we are on flood alert this weekend. The winds are hurricane strength so I am disappointed that I can’t go out on my new bike!
Make sure to check out the Sheepish Heart Bomb hashtag on Twitter and Instagram. There are some lovely yarn bombs! You can see my Sheepish Heart Bomb from last year here.
I honestly feel like I live in the best place in the country. We moved from the big smoke to Cambridge 6 years ago and I utterly love it. Probably more and more as time goes by. Today I want to share with you some of my favourite things about the city.
The green space and river
Although Cambridge is a city, unlike London, the green space and idyllic river scenes make me feel like I can breathe. There is space. And cows.
People row and live on boats. After the rowing races they chuck each other in the river. Good old traditions.
I am also proud to say I can actually punt (only took me 5 years to learn).
You have to own a bike here. If you know me at all, in real life or through my blog, you know I’m obsessed with my bicycle. So much so, that I decorated it with bunting (tutorial here). It just makes sense to get around on a push bike.
As much as it is busy and sometimes noisy with the students around, the city doesn’t feel right without them there. During the holiday periods the city feels oddly deserted and the buzz returns when term begins. It’s a love/hate relationship. I should be grateful, I wouldn’t have a job without all 22,000 of them.
The city centre in Cambridge is filled with ancient buildings and inspiring sculptures. I find myself diverting on my journey to and from work some days, just to enjoy a different cobbled street or back path. Spaced along the river are wooden houses surrounded by pretty gardens and in the city centre a fun sculpture stands to pay tribute to a local eccentric who fundraised for charity his whole life.
A compact city
I love that you can reach anywhere in Cambridge within 30-40 minutes on foot or by bike. We never manage to leave the house without seeing someone we know. It’s friendly and compact. People stop to help each other and a good morning greeting isn’t unusual.
Creativity and that yarn bomb I mentioned…
Finally, it’s a creative city. People take up hobbies such as art, music, dance and craft. A yarn bombed lamp post or bike rack isn’t unusual.
Look as this guerilla knitting/crochet we saw today by the river. I wonder who could have put it there (*wink wink*)?! Perhaps they were inspired by Meredith of the blog One Sheepish Girl? She has declared today Sheepish Yarn Bombing Day!
Have you ever visited Cambridge? Or do you live in a place you love as much as I love Cambridge?
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I recently discovered that June 9th is International Yarn Bombing Day. The origins of yarn bombing (or knit graffiti) are often debated, but it is said to have begun in Texas, USA in 2005. Colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn are displayed in public places, often by anonymous crafters.
It got me thinking about whether I would ever have the confidence or skills to participate in a yarn bombing. What motivates people? Is it just a fun way to express creativity, or are there statements to be made? Whatever the idea behind a yarn bomb, it sure is a fun way to decorate a street or item, and it’s bound to make people stop and smile.
My yarn bombing research led me to rediscover all the recent knit graffiti I had seen online and in the national and local news.
Some of you may have seen the recent press about guerrilla knitwear artist Olek’s crocheted outfits for Anthony Gormley sculptures on Crosby Beach, Merseyside. Although the sculptures have been on the beach since 2005, Olek wanted to transform the sculptures into something new. She says “By covering them and giving them a new skin, I made them more alive”. Would this be the same for a tree? Or a railing? I know if I discovered a branch covered in a multicoloured plethora of yarn, it would certainly make me notice the tree when I would have otherwise walked on by.
It’s said to be technically illegal to yarn bomb (considered a form of graffiti), but many local knitting groups are embracing the trend and I even discovered a recent yarn bomb in the nearby city of Norfolk.
The Norfolk Ninja Knitters spruced up lamposts and sculptures outside the City Hall, but sadly the council removed the yarn bombs 🙁