WI members yarnbomb Brighton

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To mark the launch of Brighton Festival and Fringe, the members of Bevendean Women's Institute (WI) have been spreading mischief across the city.

Hoping to challenge the stereotypes surrounding knitting, they have yarnbombed parts of the city,

Under the cover of darkness, the ladies wrapped the local area in knitting and crocheting, hanging it from trees, fences and even road bollards, The Brighton Argus reports.

This helped to brighten up the community, while also highlighting the talented knitting the participants had been working on for months.

Member Annie Ewens told the newspaper: “It was fun. We had a right laugh.

“We thought we would do it really quickly but we met at 8.30pm and didn’t finish until 11pm because we were giggling and mucking about. We had a bit of a muddle with the pom poms which all got tangled up so we spent a while sorting them.”

Ms Ewens went on to say: “It was exciting thinking everyone was going to wake up in the next morning and see everything around the triangle.”

It really was a creative effort too, as washing lines were hung with tiny clothes and strung along the nearby school’s fence, while woollen hands were tied around trees.

However, despite leaving notes pleading with people to leave the woollen garments in place throughout May, they have had a couple of thefts. But, vowing not to give up, the WI members have promised to continue to knit to replace the decorations.

Ms Ewens went on to say that this latest project was all part of their efforts to challenge what it means to be part of a WI group.

“People think it’s still all jam and Jerusalem, but we’re not like that. We thought we would do something a bit off the wall so people would think, actually, they might fit in and come along.”

Anyone keen to become a member is advised to get in touch, after which they can try the WI out for three weeks before joining.

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