The Barrhead Yarnbombers strike again

Yarnbombing in Barrhead
Yarnbombing in Barrhead

Kirsten Oswald MP has highlighted that some mysterious local residents have ‘yarnbombed’ Barrhead Main Street.

‘Yarnbombing’ is a type of street art that uses colourful displays of knitting or crochet rather than paint or chalk.

The practice of Yarnbombing began in Texas in 2005 and quickly spread worldwide. Barrhead High Street has been Yarnbombed before, but the recent display is the most impressive yet.

Kirsten commented: “I was very pleased to see the mysterious yarn bombers had returned to Barrhead. The nautical theme this year is fantastic, and the hard work they have put in to these crafty addition to the Main Street is very clear.

“I think many residents young and old will enjoy stopping to admire their handiwork, and I feel that as a community we should thank these mysterious figures for their lovely display.”

Graffiti knitting or ‘yarnstorming’ (or ‘yarn bombing‘ with a nod to our guerilla knitting cousins across the pond) is the art of conjuring up a piece of knitting or crochet, taking out out in the world, releasing it into the wild, and running away giggling like a mad thing.

It is a street art that harks back to woolly stereotypes of grandmas, itchy jumpers, ill-fitting socks and nice cups of tea by the fire, takes it by the blue rinse and drags it kicking and screaming into the street to blanket a bollard in beasts, swathe a signpost with stitched silliness, or cover a corner in wild woolly creatures.

A spokesman for Knit the City, based in London said: “We don’t just ‘put knitting on things’. We use our fibre art to tell ‘stitched stories’, employing our sticks and string to tell a tale. An idea we’re proud to see has been taken up by sneaky stitchers worldwide.”