Saturday, 27 November 2010

Yule Yarn Bombing has started.

Well it really really snowed big time here on Friday so I decided it was time to start the Yule Yarn Bombing which began at The Globe with a small Mistletoe on their breakfast menu

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then off to do a special request from Hay Deli for some Holly, though my new mistletoe pattern was so nice to make that it had to be a string of mistletoe too, hope they liked it. The close-up photos are a little blurry I am afraid.

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Then I went passed Flow and added a holly to their doorway,

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and I visited one of my Local Yarn Shops - Bedecked where my son is in love with the owner's dog - Rita, Rita wasn't there, so I HAD to by some yarn (mwa-ha-ha-haaaa) but I left a Yarn Bomb as a gift on a bannister, though the owner asked if she could put it on the till.

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Such a lovely bright blue sunny sky, loads of crisp snow, giggling son and a seasonal Yarn Bombing spree, I loved today : )

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Another 15 mins of fame...

After the Halloween Yarn Bombing Spree I got a message off a friend on Ravelry saying that we were in The Hereford Times.

"Yarn Craft Rebel hits Hay town centre for Halloween"

And then 24 hours later found an email in my inbox from BBC Hereford and Worcester who had found this blog and wanted an interview. I obliged excitedly and spoke to a lovely woman called Nicola who I had to Yarn Bomb with a four-leafed clover, and my son furnished her with an origami bomb too.

The interview went out on a prime time show between 7am and 9am on Monday 8th November by Howard Bentham who said it was the 'best story he had ever heard'. Each news announcement on the show mentioned us and they even interviewed people around the town. He jokingly called me 'Knitsy' with reference to Banksy which is a fabulous compliment.

If I can get a copy of the recording I will try to post a link here at a later date.

I have had a number of  '15 mins of fame' in the younger, wilder days of my life, but this one was really fun now that I am a humble home-educating mum in a small Welsh town.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Halloween Stitch & Bitch Outing 2010

Yes, it has been a while, and I haven't managed much tagging this summer due to all the work on the Creativitree and  a baby blanket for a soon-to-be-here newborn taking up all my crochet time.

But, we braved the wind last night and got some poor night-time pics and thanks to She-who-shall-be-known-as Lucibee getting some more this morning we have some daytime ones too (of the ones that survived the night). So please excuse the random mix of night and day shots, I chose the best pics from both shoots.

I have to add that the funniest part of the evening for me was having a bunch of spotty teenage boys heckling us - a bunch of grown women - for doing 'Graffiti'. Brilliant!

She-who-shall-be-known-as Phantomstitch started proceedings with an appropriate Phantom on the Cafe in Castle Street,

Then I slipped a gothic heart on one of my favourite spots next to Flow

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Then She-who-shall-be-known-as Black Widow placed one of her lovely cobwebs on Lucinda's Hairdressers.

then She-who-shall-be-known-as Phantomstitch found her regular perch and planted a Devillish woolly hat which we hope ends up on a child at some point

...and I added a 'cosy' to my favourite knob ; )

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She-who-shall-be-known-as Black Widow added a Cobweb to the door knocker at The Bear (hopefully this time they won't be as 'spooked' as last time)

She-who-shall-be-known-as Elen the Spinner donated gifted granny squares to the cause, hanging one on the side of Oxfam,

Another usual spot - my biggest bat on the the door of Hay Wholefoods

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another granny square from She-who-shall-be-known-as Elen the Spinner to liven up the scaffolding

... and another phantom from She-who-shall-be-known-as Phantomstitch

and her inspired skeleton hand...

The not-very-subtle Halloween sea-slug by She-who-shall-be-known-as Lucibee by Sage Femme...

and another bat from me for the signpost with the bin

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then the last bat on the no entry sign by the Pharmacy

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Another cobweb from She-who-shall-be-known-as Black Widow for Booth's Books

The Sweet Shop got a visit from She-who-shall-be-known-as Lucibee

While She-who-shall-be-known-as Missknit got her nimble daughter to shimmy up a disused signpost to add a fabulous pumpkin hat to the top, right next to Adele's Dress Agency,

... She-who-shall-be-known-as Phantomstitch and her helpful hubby were placing two more fab hats on the window rails of The Granary.

Shepherd's got a cobweb from She-who-shall-be-known-as Black Widow,

whilst my old friend the drain-pipe opposite Shepherd's got a wrist-warmer from me

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and She-who-shall-be-known-as Phantomstitch warmed up a chilly 'At any time' sign

and She-who-shall-be-known-as Missknit dangled a pom-pom spider from Bullring Antiques (I think it was there- by now I had several Stitch and Bitch bombers scattered all over town and was having trouble keeping up with the documentation).

The old bench outside HSBC has been replaced with a brand new one so I had to revisit the granny-square arm-rest that I did before,

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and then I added a triangle motif to the drainpipe in the Back Fold outside the cafe,

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... and ran round the corner to add my last studded swatch to the tree by Nepal Bazaar

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Which was joined by She-who-shall-be-known-as Lucibee's last Sea-slug

and close by is her last addition to the railings outside Country Stores,

whilst She-who-shall-be-known-as Black Widow ended the evening with a cobweb on the door of Sartori.

It is so much easier doing the Lone Yarn-bombing but such an adventure with the Stitch and Bitch Girrrls.

Hope Hay residents enjoyed the results of our spree as much as we enjoyed scattering them.

Happy halloween : )


Friday, 23 July 2010


A gardening client of my Husband kindly comissioned me to bomb a dead tree in her garden ready for a wedding party she will host there at the end of July. I have been dying to do a project this big for ages but really wanted it to be appreciated and have longevity - this was a great opportunity!

Also being a home-educating mum living with fibromyalgia this was a rare opportunity to earn some money for the household so was a big boost to my integrity. The nets were crocheted from quite a scratchy metallic yarn so was hard on the hands and the compromising tension in my hands was quite painful near the end - but I did it and I am so proud!

Click on any image you want to see clearer and larger : )

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Thursday, 1 July 2010

Playing with Words....

I have been playing around with craft relevant words for a while, for instance I call Knitting Needles 'Kneedles' to separate them from sewing needles, and Crochet Hooks could be shortened to 'Crooks', I refer to myself as Bi-stitchual as I can knit and crochet (though I prefer crochet) and some have called our Crafty Graffiti 'Yarnarchistic'.... well just this morning I accidentally wrote it as 'Craftiti' instead of Graffiti which acknowledges the craftiness that uses recycled materials as well as yarn.... wonder if it will stick at all?

Oh I am a Happy Hooker,
Craftiti is my fun,
I like to bomb creatively
and inspire everyone!
So pick up your crooks and kneedles,
some fibres, and from a fellow crafter,
learn to ravel it into lovely knots,
and craft happily ever after : )

If you don't know anyone to learn a Yarn Craft from try looking for your local Stitch and Bitch Group, or go to Youtube for online tutorials, and especially check out

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Hay Literary Festival

It is Hay Literary Festival, and I had planned to do a major bombing spree on the town especially for it but my time has been taken up with a Yarn Bomb commission I am doing for one of my gardener husband's clients. They have a dead tree in their garden and a very creative nature and have asked me to decorate the tree in time for a wedding party there in July. I have done the trunk and one of the smaller branches that forks off it but it has taken all the time I needed to make bombs for Hay, but as I am getting paid for it it is a priority!

So, I already had a couple of bits made up and managed to find time to place this one on a tree standing in the grounds of the Castle overlooking the car park / market square.

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To follow my habit of bombing in three's I added two more today on the way home from town...

one on Flow again as the flower finally disappeared a week ago

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and one on the trellis at the home of some very dear friends who spread love wherever they go : )

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