Festive yarn-bombers create Hampshire high street snowman

Festive yarn-bombers create Hampshire high street snowman

Christmas is fast approaching and what better way to spread the festive spirit than with a spot of yarn-bombing.

There's no steadfast rules as to when you should try out some guerrilla knitting, but winter is certainly a great time to deck the streets with wool.

This is exactly what an anonymous group of nifty knitters in Hampshire did recently, when they gave the town a festive new resident.

The Spitfire Knitters turned one of the high street's concrete bollards into an enormous snowman, with white netted wool stretched over it and a cosy blue hat and scarf adding a little detail.

There were even black eyes and woollen bobbles for the mouth, while a knitted orange carrot helped give it an authentic touch.

Andover's newest festive monument has caught the attention of locals and visitors alike and sparked yet more interest in the mysterious yarn-bombing group, which only formed in May this year.

The talented bunch have already made their mark in the local area with other projects, and the lead knitter also recently received a Business Incentive Grant from Test Valley Borough Council, after setting up a local shop selling wool, buttons and other crafty accessories.

Speaking to the council, a spokesperson for Spitfire Knitters said: "We wanted to bring a little harmless anarchic fun to the town. Andover is a great place and we just want to give people a little extra something to smile about."

They went on to say that the group was originally formed to bring friends together and have a laugh, and is known among members for being a lot of fun.

"Knitting is incredibly good for you! It isn't just about knitting clothes: you can knit whatever you like! I would encourage everyone to pick up their needles and wool and have some fun," they went on to add.

More knitted characters are expected to crop up over the next few weeks so locals are advised to be on the lookout!

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