Cambridge guerrilla knitter strikes again

Cambridge guerrilla knitter strikes again (Thinkstock)

A mystery yarnbomber has struck again in Cambridge, coating lampposts on Jesus Green with brightly coloured knitted wraps in a bid to spread the Christmas spirit.

Cambridge News reports that a total of 16 lampposts down the main path through the park have been covered with patchwork jackets this weekend, and they have certainly cheered up residents.

This recent activity represents the biggest stunt to date for the anonymous local yarnbomber, who is known in the area as The Willow Wanderer.

The woman, whose identity is a closely guarded secret in the city, told the publication that she and her team of festive helpers woke up at 04:30 in order to attach their woollen wraps under the cover of darkness, thus allowing them to keep up their mysterious reputation.

She said: "I haven't seen it properly in the light yet as we left just as the sun was rising over Midsummer Common."

For the early morning mission three people helped out, but more than 20 people from various knitting groups and organisations across the area have been hard at work creating patches to contribute to the Willow Wanderer's cause.

"This time it was more of a community effort. I had a helper, known as Pirate, who was the only one brave enough to climb the ladder up the lamppost," the leader went on to joke.

She then said: "We wanted to do something before Christmas and we thought of this as warming the lampposts up."

The month-long yarnbombing project has taken much organisation, which included coordinating a practice run the night before to ensure there would not be any last minute hiccups.

This is the third project for the covert knitting group, who impressed Cambridge residents by making woolly jumpers for lampposts in Chesterton Road in June and brightening up bike racks at Arbury Primary School, in Carlton Way, in time for September.

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