Ragtag Tuesday: Thirsk goes yarn bombing

‘Yarn bombing is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk. It is also called yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting, or graffiti knitting.’ Wikipedia

Thirsk has adopted yarn bombing in a big way.  It’s the town where I first came across it, at Remembrance tide two years ago.  St. Mary’s church was festooned – drowned almost – in a sea of poppies knitted by keen volunteers from miles around.  It was a arresting, beautiful, and had the effect they were seeking.  As we paused to look and admire, we did indeed remember the fallen of the two World Wars.

A display of knitted poppies by Thirsk Yarn Bombers at St Mary’s Church, Thirsk (Photo: Northern Echo)

This year, Thirsk asks us to remember the NHS (National Health Service), now 70 years old.  Various knitted offerings are clustered in the Market Square.  It’s witty, charming, and reminds us all how much almost every one of us is grateful for the NHS and all who work in it.


Today’s Ragtag Challenge is ‘Yarn’

Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

22 thoughts on “Ragtag Tuesday: Thirsk goes yarn bombing”

  1. Oh, rats–I missed this prompt entirely and it’s one about which I might’ve had something to say! Your photos are great–the poppy installation is riveting and I love the cleverness of the NHS knits.

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    1. I wish I’d had a better photo of the poppies. The whole thing was astonishing. And if you’re so minded, it’s not too late – I mentally dedicated this post to you. Who else?


      1. I love that you mentally dedicated the post to me! Our internet has been down for days and there has been human and pet drama, keeping me off WordPress entirely. Things seem to be calming down, she says, with her fingers crossed . . .

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  2. A labour of love and inventive and attention grabbing. Am catching up – my online activities have been disrupted partly by power failures and the phone network going down, but now happily restored!

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      1. Oh yes plenty to do, but so frustrating to be shut out of the Internet. I guess I must learn to be more flexible! Had to make a plan though so as to get my blog posts out there.

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