Residents of Gurnard on the Isle of Wight have been enjoying the company of some mysterious knitted characters, courtesy of some of our sheltered housing customers who live in the village.
Residents of Buckler’s View, one of the Group's sheltered housing schemes, have been hard at work ‘yarn bombing’ their village with the support of the Parish Council and other Gurnard residents.
The residents have been knitting and crocheting since March, to fill their village with their colourful creations and raise awareness (and funds) for two local charities.
Maria Quinn, Scheme Services Coordinator for Buckler’s View, says:
It was Gurnard’s ‘knit & knatter’ group who came up with the idea after seeing it done in several other places in the UK.
One lady alone made all the things you can see on the curved bench, from the toadstool to the rainbow and the ‘Welcome to Gurnard Village’ sign. Her designs have been so popular she’s been asked to create a nativity scene for the bench at Christmas.
People from all over the Island have been over to see the display; it has certainly got everyone talking. Our yarn bombers have also been going out every day and changing things around. The trees in the village have been filled with knitted butterflies, birds and bees, and the knitted red squirrel is never in the same place twice – local children have loved trying to find its new home every day. All the street furniture has been ‘dressed’ – even the post box and the bins are wearing hats!
Some items from the yarn bombing are being sold with proceeds donated to local charities the Gurnard Elephant Club, which helps people with memory problems, and Ability Dogs for Young People.
Aside from raising money, the yarn bombing has got everyone in the village out talking to each other and getting to know their neighbours. Customers have been so enthusiastic about it and there has been a real buzz about Buckler’s View while residents have been making their creations, and many new friendships have been made.
Visit our Facebook page for more images of Buckler's View residents' colourful creations.