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Who Is Yarn-Bombing Oxford? (and a giveaway)

7 August 2013

It’s been going on for a few months: little yarn bombs around the city of Oxford. [If you’re unfamiliar with yarn bombing, you can read a post I wrote about it for the fibre space blog a while back.]

It started small, back in April:

A little fibre decoration outide the Albion Beatnik Bookstore.

Subtle yarn bomb outside the venerable Albion Beatnik Bookstore.

The Albion Beatnik is one of my favorite places in Jericho – an independent bookstore that sponsors lots of poetry readings and other events. It even has a small cafe. The Guardian newspaper recognized its greatness a few months ago.

I didn’t think much of the fibre sighting at the time – undergraduate celebrating the Easter break? Subtle advertisement for one of our two new LYSs, Oxford Yarn Store and Fibreworks Oxford? [TWO, people! An embarrassment of riches!]

Soon, though, the installations were more ornate:

A decorated pole outside the Phoenix Picture House in Jericho.

A decorated pole across the street from the Phoenix Picturehouse in Jericho.

And they included bling:


Phoenix Picture House Bling

This little button on the Phoenix Picturehouse yarn bomb was publicizing a play in Spanish. Put there by the knitter, or a later addition?

The Phoenix Picturehouse is another Jericho institution. It’s celebrating its 100th anniversary this year (seriously!). It screens art films and offers several special screenings, including a seniors afternoon, an Autism-friendly screening, and my beloved Big Scream.

The bombings started to be decorated:

OUP Yarn Bomb

This one was across the street from Oxford University Press on Walton Street.

Oxford University Press is – well, it’s Oxford University Press. They publish a dictionary you might have heard about. They publish incredible academic work. And they were Mr. Trask’s publisher for his first two books.

Little Clarendon Street Yarn Bomb

Happy faces at Little Clarendon and Walton.

Little Clarendon Street is right on the edge of Jericho, a beautiful little street with fairy lights on at night, good restaurants, and two (TWO!) ice cream shops. It’s beautiful year round.

A recent yarn bomb even had a little tag:

Knitted with Love

This yarn bomb was knit with love.

It’s August, and they’re still popping up. So, who’s doing this? I can’t tell if they’re only yarn-bombing my favorite places in Jericho, or if I’m only noticing the yarn bombings in those places. Anyone in Oxford want to jump in and contribute their own sightings?


The winner of the last giveaway was Catherine – which I think highly appropriate as she organized the Basingstoke Big Knit as well as the charity knitting I blogged about a while ago. She’s just generally a Good Knitting Community Member. The next giveaway is inspired both by the yarn bombing and by my upcoming move (just a couple of miles up the road, this time).

I have these nifty mini-skeins from Dye Spin Knit UK, acquired way back when I thought I would be knitting one of those crazy hexipuff blankets. [Nary a puff did I knit. Sigh.] I think they’re 25g each, but they have no tags. I will send three mini skeins to anyone volunteering to 1. yarn bomb their neighborhood with them and 2. willing to send me a photo of said skeins once they’ve become yarn bombs. I’ll select coordinating skeins (or clashing ones, if you prefer) and mail them out to you, free of charge.

Mini Skeins I

Mini Skeins (with tape dispenser as size reference). They want to come live with you, and then conquer the world!

Mini Skeins

More Mini Skeins. Seriously, people. What was I thinking? Hexipuff Quilt? Seriously?!?

The mini-skein giveaway is first-come, first-served (use the comments field below) and will continue until I run out of skeins.

The other giveaway is of two skeins of Gricnasco Loden Soft. Super-soft and beautifully tweedy, this yarn would make a great striped hat or scarf to cheer you up all winter long. The usual Stash Giveaway rules apply to this one: Random Number Generator, comment below, etc. Comment by August 15 to be entered to win.

Lovely Green Italian Yarn

Make yourself a nice hat that will remind you of spring this winter.

So tell me: What would you make with the green yarn? Have you seen any yarn bombing in your area? And how the heck have you been in the last six months?

16 Comments leave one →
  1. cguard(on rav) permalink
    7 August 2013 10:39 am

    My neighborhood is really a valley but I would love to yarnbomb our mailbox in green and blue (farm colors). No yarnbombing sighted anywhere in 60 miles of me …sigh… I have put down my needles temporarily due to agravated shoulder but before that was obsessively knitting dishclothes. Next up is a monkey for The Flying Monkey Race, well just because

  2. Jeannie Zeller permalink
    7 August 2013 10:56 am

    I love to hexipuffs 🙂
    I would use the awesome green yarn for a hat or sweater for two yr old Luke.

  3. Chelsea W permalink
    7 August 2013 11:20 am

    It would be my honor to yarn-bomb with your mini skeins. I hereby commit to doing so and sending you a picture as proof thereof. 🙂

    That green yarn would make a great hat or scarf, or an awesome frog.

  4. 7 August 2013 12:09 pm

    I have already been involved in yarn bombing the Radcliffe Camera as well as the Cowley Carnival and think it is time I did something in my neighbourhood in Kidlington, perhaps around the fence at Exeter Hall 🙂

    Green is my favourite colour, with two skeins I would make some hand warmers for this coming autumn.

    • 9 August 2013 11:12 am

      I didn’t! These are great – your work?

      • guerillaknitter permalink
        3 September 2013 7:06 am

        yes they are 🙂 but maybe t is time to take them down, I return to Oxford in 7 days so I will see how they are doing.

      • 3 September 2013 7:57 am

        I cannot approve of removing them! Perhaps they could be moved?

  5. Caroline Bacquet permalink
    7 August 2013 12:26 pm

    I would love to yarn-bomb my neighborhood! I live in the Cowley area, near South Park, I haven’t seen any yarn-bombing going on there (yet). I would use the green yarn to make a big mama-turtle with lots of baby turtles coming out of eggs (the eggs made with white yarn)

  6. Sadie permalink
    7 August 2013 2:02 pm

    There’s some in Summertown, too, I’ve spotted it towards the top of the Banbury Road on my way into work in the mornings.

  7. Catherine permalink
    7 August 2013 5:01 pm

    I would probably make a hat with the green yarn and no I have not seen any yarn bombing in my area.

  8. Dovile permalink
    8 August 2013 4:24 am

    I think the green yarn would be great for a cowl or an infinity scarf, although I’d have to add some yarn from my stash to make it larger.

  9. Vicki Williams permalink
    9 August 2013 8:50 pm

    It would be such fun to yarn bomb in our neighborhood…The green yarn would be used to knit or crochet a prayer shawl for someone in need of comfort and prayer. Members of our Prayer Shawl Ministry would love to put their heads together to come up with a unique “yarn bomb”.

  10. Judith Perry permalink
    14 August 2013 5:33 pm

    I saw some great crochet flower yarn-bombing on the railings where my daughter parks her bike near the Radcliffe Camera in Oxford when I visited her on her birthday in April. We also spotted some knitting-clad lampposts on Woodstock Road. That green yarn looks fab – I would make a scarf – possible in my favourite tunisian crochet if single hooking is allowed!

  11. Tina permalink
    15 August 2013 12:25 pm

    I live in Cardiff and have yet to find any yarn bombing there. It would be fun to yarn bomb my suburban area or the leafy streets around the university.
    That green and grey yarn looks perfect for a cosy autumn scarf. And it’s just the right time to start knitting it.

  12. BONNIE BUCKINGHAM permalink
    20 September 2013 6:29 pm

    I would make a neck warmer with the green . I have seen Yarn Bombing is Southern Pines, NC in the USA
    Life is good. My 21 year old son is at Kingston College ( London) for a semester and we are coming over in Nov. YEA!

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