Calla Lily Yarnbomb

Inspired by Diego Rivera’s The Flower Seller. The calla lily is a sensual, sculptural flower, very Mexican. The East Harlem demographic is 51% hispanic including an increasing number of Mexicans.

Rivera painted calla’s many times, particularly in frescoes depicted peasants carrying bundles or offerings of them.

This one is for my husband, his love affair with Mexico is ongoing and shows through our wall tapestries, crockery and now the neighborhood in which we live. This yarnbomb is located on the corner of E111th & Lexington, directly opposite the newly named Young Lords Way.

Living Hope Tree

I couldn’t resist it, E 104th between Lex and 3rd. This is our church, this is why we are here in New York.

The graffiti piece is a personal commission done by Intelligent Graffiti, an artist I came across in Brooklyn. This piece will be hung in our lounge when we eventually move into our permanent East Harlem residence.

Orange Daylily Yarnbomb

I didn’t realize but the location I finally decided on for my latest crochet flower piece is actually where a building collapsed just under 10 years ago and still remains undeveloped. A twitter follower sent me this link

Response has been positive even effusive and a massive compliment from my parents saying its my best yet. Things like that still matter a great deal and mean the most. So I think I’m working on a theme. The next is scheduled for mid August and is actually a birthday gift to my husband and has a Mexican edge.

Wild Iris Yarnbomb

This is my Yarnbomb debut in New York, East Harlem. Its hung on the fence of PS72 which is located at East 104th and Lex. Taking inspiration from the irises currently in full bloom in Central Park and scattered around in community gardens and allotments and also from Louise Glück, who wrote a poem called Wild Iris, she is New York born and raised. 

“from the center of my life came a great fountain, deep blue shadows on azure seawater”

I will be working on a series of crochet flowers and will aim to install in the local neighborhood over the next few months. Watch this space East Harlem.


Street Food Market Yarnbomb

The Crosby town team put in a special request so with a 2 week deadline we got to work. Luckily we were able to re-use some of the pieces from the Love yarnbomb and I put a request out and squares were dropped off at Tilly Mint and some even came through the post. We managed to cover 19 out of the 23 trees in the village (hope no one notices).

Thanks to my partner in crime Start Loose along with Woolcraft group at the Dunningsbridge Centre, Elizabeth Jones, Irene Ford, members of St Lukes Church, Ali Tilly Mint, Barbara, Heather, Hazel and Anne and the PeaceableYarnArmy for knitting pieces and helping to install.

Once again the response was fantastic and we even got a bouquet of flowers as a thank you from the town team and free mid-installation (11pm) refreshments from Blue Bar.

A month in and they’re still up looking fresh.


Love Love Love

Happy Valentines Day!

Sainsburys Roundabout, Crosby, Liverpool.

I’ve spent the past 2 months crocheting (no knitting done by me this time but a few donations from others. I seem to have left knitting behind now, finding crochet so much quicker and versatile but I may get shouted down for that).

I thought it would be nice to yarnbomb the roundabout up towards the village in time for Valentines Day. Its nice to have a deadline. Thanks to Lyndsey aka Start Loose for helping me install it, which took over 3 hours. Without her I would’ve been balancing up a very unstable 10ft ladder alone.

I’ve only been in Crosby for 6 months and there is a real (much needed) regeneration going on amongst local shop owners, local residents and there are some fantastic shops/restaurants around.

So I thought I would test the yarnbomb waters to see how Crosby would respond. The response has been overwhelming and local people have raved about it on Twitter and Facebook. I think the area is crying out for some more colour and perhaps even a bit more care, like creating some gardens amongst the wastelands and letting local community groups make use of some of the derelict properties.

As expected in less than a week the local council asked me to take the yarnbomb down due to concern for motorists causing accidents (whilst driving around it twice to get a good look). No hard feelings here, especially as I’ve been granted permission to do one in the village in a few weeks for the local farmers market.