Blooming Brixton: yarnstorming South London

Posted by on Apr 5, 2013 in Deadly Knitshade, London, Permission to Yarnstorm, The Fastener, Yarnstorms | 30 comments

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Spring! Hey, Spring? Where aaaaaaare yooooooooou? No matter how much we wave our fists at the grey and gloomy sky this year, Spring doesn’t seem to be visiting us any time soon. London is all kinds of cold and it’s making us all more than a bit grumpy. What are a pair of yarnstorming girls to do?

In the depths of the Secret Woolly Bunker, wrapped in more yarn than was healthy for anyone, Knit the City’s Deadly Knitshade and The Fastener decided that enough was enough. If Spring wasn’t going to come to London then we were just going to have to make our own Spring.

A few weeks later we emerged blinky-eyed into a chilly grey morning, carrying with us the seeds of a sneakily stitched missing season. We snuck into the heart of brilliant but brrrrrrrr Brixton at stupid o’clock in the morning and started our very own stitched Spring…

First came the Sun. You can’t start a sunny season without the big yellow guy. So we stitched our Sun and we slapped him on a particularly parky brick wall. And if you’re going to knit a Sun worthy of starting a springtime you have to make him massive. Our Sun was a beast. But he was a hell of a happy one.

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Hello Sunshine

The Sun got straight down to business. He beamed. And when he beamed, he really beamed.

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Go, giant squidgy Sun, go!


Inspired by the rays of her nearby knitted friend a damp-looking wall decided to give it a go. She took a deep breath, and thought very hard, and POP! she commanded the street around her to get Springy and BLOOM!

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Hey! BLOOM! Go on!

The bright pink of her handmade command came as a bit of a shock to the unsuspecting bollards around her. They blinked sleepily and looked confused.

Happily one of them got the idea soon enough and with a little flutter of fibre POOF!

Frank, the fluffy-faced flower, came into the world. As the first bollard bloom ever, he was very excited. He had to be patted on the petals a few times and told to stop squealing with glee before he woke up half of Brixton.

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Meet Frank. The world’s most excited blooming bollard flower.

With all the kerfuffle it wasn’t long before all the bollards wanted to get their bloom on. There was a flurry of fibre-filled fireworks as each bollard broke out a flowery face. 

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Pretty knitted bollards all in a row

Egglentine, a slighty starey orange bollard, insisted a group photo was taken right away.

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Egglentine the orange flower does Blue Steel


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Blooming Brixton bollards as far as the eye can see


Once the bollards were blooming it wasn’t long before a buzzing and a scurrying started. With such stunning purly posies you have to expect some creepy crawly action. After all you can’t have a proper stitched Spring without a little woolly wildlife.

Leading the way came a trail of squishy snails. Sweeping the winter dust from the pavements proudly. We didn’t like to mention the slimy trail they left behind. It’s the thought that counts. And they were rather marvellous handmade molluscs.

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Squishy street sweeping snail trail

Behind them marched a command of crafty soldier ants. Ready to fight for warmer weather and more picnics to raid! Won’t somebody drop a jammy bread crust?!

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Hup 2, 3, 4, we make soldier ants not war

And up in the air, paying no attention whatsoever to the freezing cold winter winds, in buzzed a swarm of bowler-hatted bees. Their tiny briefcases probably held all kinds of fascinating bee-based business but they were too busy to stop and show us.

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Make way for commuter bees, please


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A hive of insect activity arrives

It was beginning to look a lot like Spring time. 

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Blooming ‘eck


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Blooming Brixton

It may have been cold. It may have been damp. But dammit it was woolly! And where there is woolliness there is always warmth.  Not bad for a morning’s woolly work.

Wondering how it all happened and where the stitched Spring went after we left?

Watch this:

 Happy Stitched Spring, lovely Blooming Brixton!

Woolly love

Knit the City xx


Blooming Brixtom was yarnstormed by Knit the City’s Deadly Knitshade and The Fastener, with help from the marvellous Louise, Mims, and . 

Our biggest ever yarnstorm was made possible by the fine folks at Toyota who lent us wheels to get all that sneaky stitching the Brixton as part of their Toyota Positive project.

The short film of the crazy day was made by the fantabulous folks at Bullion Productions who we think are utter geniuses.

Crazy bright yarn is by Cygnet Yarns.

Huge thanks most of all to the lovely people of Brixton who gave our woolly artwork homes. You made our day by telling us that we made yours.


  1. Really loved what you have done in Brixton – how do you afford all the wool?

  2. Wonderful ladies. I only hope we can come somewhere near your standard when we attempt our Yarn Storm in July

  3. Fantastically, positive and happy bringing idea. Come to Edinburgh and do it!

    • We’d love to! You never know where we’ll turn up next!

  4. Brilliant, wonderful, fabulous! Well done.

  5. Lovely, lovely and more lovely……strength to your needles!

    • Awww shucks. Thank you! We need a bit of a boost after all that knitting!

  6. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. It’s a shame your spring has been so stealthy… I missed it although I live in Brixton, but hé, that’s how it works… The good thing is: you attracted the real sun! Even if it’s only for two days, it’s already a lot 🙂 🙂 🙂 THANKS

    • Thank you! So pleased you like it. Sorry you missed it though. It didn’t last long before it was all given away. Lucky for us the real sun was paying attention! Enjoy the warmer weather. 🙂

  7. Love it. Those bees look great with their tiny bowler hats. I love the idea of flowers on the bollards – all bollards should look like that! 🙂

  8. I absolutely adore the snails!

    • Why thank you! I think they’d rather like you too. If they weren’t so busy sweeping.

  9. How utterly fantastic- what a brilliant way to make people smile! I particularly like Blue Steel-ing Egglentine and the very dapper bees. x

    • Thanks so much. Egglintine appreciates the kudos. She worked very hard on that look. 🙂

  10. Excellent job! I love the happy bollard flowers. Love, Susie xxx

    • Thanks so much, Susie! You’ve been all over the news this week with your marathon running. You rock! xx

  11. Wow! You guys totally rock!

  12. This is simply awesome…I’ve not even seen the actual thing and it’s brightened up this dreary morning. A big huge thanx to you all from a cheered up Brixton resident.

    • Awwww. Thanks so much for getting in touch. We love Brixton to bits! x

  13. extraordinaire j’en rêve et je vais me permettre d’en faire dans ma région c’est une idée de génie

  14. I’ve only just seen this.. how wonderful…I live in France and wonder if the French would ‘get it’. Might try it out on one of the bridges over the Dordogne. I am sure you brought a lot of smiles to everyone who saw it. Well done… hard work rewarded.

    • Thanks for the comment. I’m sure the French would. You folks have amazing street art!

  15. Love what you do. I am looking at yarnbombing as part of my A level in textiles. Would you mind if I used your group as an example and one of the photos from Brixton to show as an example of what you do?

    • Hi there. Of course you can! Good luck with your A-level. 🙂

  16. Used to live in Brixton, back in the days before Yarnstorming. Loved what you did.

    BTW – the video now declares it is private & won’t show.