Published: 20/06/2012 11:00 - Updated: 20/06/2012 11:35

Thurso hit by 'yarn-bombs'

A woolly hat and bow tie in Sir John’s Square, Thurso.
A woolly hat and bow tie in Sir John’s Square, Thurso.

JUST months after a Banksy-style artwork popped up at the harbour, Thurso has been hit by another urban street artist.

Over the weekend the fence posts around Sir John’s Square were given knitted woolly hats and bow ties – putting a few smiles on the faces of passers-by, as well as a few looks of bewilderment.

Knitting enthusiast Jill Noble (40), of Thurso, was the woman behind the display after organising the "yarn-bombing" – decorating public places with knitted or crocheted items – with some close friends.

"The purpose of yarn-bombing is just to make people smile," said Jill. "The idea is meant to be very light-hearted."

It started around eight years ago in the Netherlands and has since been used to promote knitting as a craft.

Jill started the Thurso Yarnbombers’ group with a few of her friends who share her interest.

The first strike was timed to coincide with World Wide Knit in Public Day which takes place between the second Saturday and the third Sunday in June.

"The idea of the knit in public day is to promote knitting as a craft," she said. "People tend to think of grannies knitting baby booties or shawls. What I wanted to show to people is that it can be fun and it can bring a smile to people’s faces. It’s not just about old ladies and pastel pinks."

Jill, who has been knitting since she was seven, said reactions had been positive so far.

She is now interested to know where some of the "liberated" knitted items from the weekend turned up and is encouraging people to post their photos of the hats on their travels on the group’s Facebook page.

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