Yarn Bombing Bicycles!

Needlecase does a spot of Yarn Bombing!!

I love the idea of Yarn Bombing. I love the way ordinary things look when they have been decorated by someone’s knitting or crochet. I love the fact that you can let your imagination go wild and create something totally unique and beautiful. I am not so keen on the idea of leaving my precious knitting outside at the mercy of the elements or passing children and animals!!

With so much excitement in the air around the Tour de France coming close to us this year, we were absolutely dying to get our hands on a bike and decorate it with knitting for a fun window display. We found this one.













Then we saw that the Yorkshire Festival was having a Woolly Bike Trail and we really wanted to have our own!! We decided to make it in the Tour de France jersey colours of yellow, green and white/redspots.

Knitting the Bike Wheels
















I couldn’t wait to get going and started knitting back in April, having given the bike a bit of a clean and brought it and its resident spiders into our workshop space. I sent out an invitation on our monthly Newsletter to any members of our Knitting Circle and other readers who would like to come along and help. The Knitting Circle were as enthusiastic as I was and really helped me out knitting pieces to help decorate the wheels and cover parts of the bike.

This is Julie head down and getting stuck into the knitting!!

Julie Knitting

We even had an extra session of the Knitting Circle and the project, which was our first joint one, soon started to take shape.

Wooly Bike Starting to Take ShapeWooly Bike Again

Finishing touches like this seat cover were needed.

Spotty Knitting Bike Seat

Finally it was completed and we all took it outside for a little photo shoot. The next job was to get it installed in our window which thankfully is a good size so plenty of room for the bike. The Maypole which we had set up to celebrate Yarn Shop Day had to come out first so that we could have a little clean up. The knitted flowers came in useful as decorations for a cute basket on the front of our lovely bike!! In it went and I think it looks mighty fine!!!

Bike Photo Shoot with the Knitting Circle

bike 8          bike 9

Needlecase hopes that this bike will entertain and inspire visitors and residents of Tadcaster throughout the summer months and our Knitting Circle ladies want to know what we are knitting next!!

The main yarns used for this project were…

Hayfield Baby DK
Bonus DK
Hayfield Baby Chunky

bike 11

bike 13

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