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Valentines Yarnbomb in Southend: A tiny adventure

Valentines Day. It’s drizzling, grey, cold. I’m not sure what to do with the day. We visit the library and are very pleased with ourselves to find a Batman comic. Total win. Then as we leave the building I spot something out of the corner of my eye. Yarnbombing. And suddenly I remember that late last night I got a tweet from @thecraft_club telling me that there was a Valentines yarnbomb in Southend town centre.

“Do you want to see something cool?” I ask the boy. Of course he does. He’s three. And suddenly we are off on a tiny adventure.

southend yarn bombingI meant to bring my proper camera to photograph this, of course. But then I also meant to remember about it, rather than just happening to see it across the rain splattered street.

Southend college yarn bomb


We leave the buggy at the bottom of the steps. “Come here, come here.” I tell him as we pull down our hats and leap up to see what’s there. It’s Valentines Day, it’s Romeo and Juliet. We love it.

Romeo and juliet yarn bombromeo valentines yarnbomb

“What’s it for mummy?” He asks me, and I try and explain about how we’ve been talking about Valentine’s day, and telling people we love them and how some nice ladies have tried to make the place look a bit nicer. “Do you like it?” I ask. “Yes mummy.” The reply.

valentines yarn bomb

He loves choosing a heart, looking at them all before settling on the biggest baddest pinkest one. And he clutches it tight in his hand as we swoop back through the town, back to Batman and superheros.

crochet heart

We have had a tiny adventure, found something secret amongst the grey of the town. And for that we are very grateful.

the craft club yarnbomb

The lovley ladies who did this yarn bomb tweet over at @thecraft_club and also blog here for Hobbycraft. There was also a Valentines yarn bomb in Leigh on Sea which I totally missed (noooo!) by the brilliant @Thehappyhookers who I also highly recommend following. Thanks as always to all these brilliant women who are cheering up our town!


  1. 17th February 2014 / 10:40 am

    I want to see more of this! I adore the concept of a yarnbomb… Less obnoxious vandalism and more creative vandalism, I say! 🙂

    • Kate
      17th February 2014 / 1:17 pm

      Oh totally! Guerrilla art by people who like a bit of yarn, got to love that 😀

    • Kate
      17th February 2014 / 1:16 pm

      I know!!! I feel very lucky to live somewhere that seems to have such a great yarn bombing community 🙂

  2. 17th February 2014 / 8:00 pm

    I think this is amazing! I wondered what it was all for too when I first heard about it – I love that they are happy for you to take one!
    I’ll pin in the hopes that every town will end up with a yarnbomber! #parentingpinitparty

    • 3rd March 2014 / 8:28 pm

      Oh wouldn’t that be lovely! So much nicer than the bleugh graffiti you get!

  3. 17th February 2014 / 8:37 pm

    That’s lovely! Would definitely brighten up the area to see all these colourful yarn decorations everywhere!

  4. 18th February 2014 / 8:38 pm

    This is amazing – I live near Saltburn where our pier was yarnbombed during the Olympics and it was a massive draw for people to visit the area.

    Thanks for joining in with the Parenting Pin It Party this week.

    • 3rd March 2014 / 8:28 pm

      Oh I would have loved to have seen that!

  5. 26th February 2014 / 7:48 pm

    I love this! It is such a lovely idea and definitely brightens up everyone’s day!

  6. 26th February 2014 / 11:16 pm

    This is soooo fantastic, I think it’s absolutely beautiful that he got to take a little heart – this would have absolutely made my day if we’d stumbled across it!

  7. 2nd March 2014 / 9:23 am

    Thank you so much for linking up! This is such a sweet post. I wish we had yarn bombs in my town x

    • 3rd March 2014 / 8:27 pm

      You should do some, yours would be gorgeous!!

  8. 2nd March 2014 / 9:19 pm

    This is a great idea and so pretty! Looks like your little guy really appreciated it too.
    Just popped over from Let’s have an adventure

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