Fit for a queen, the royal yarn bomb has not only been given the thumbs up by the neighbours, it’s popular with passing residents too, who stop to photograph it.
Having revealed her crocheted artwork on social media, Kirsty Gilbert said, “I’ve been overwhelmed with all the lovely comments about it.”
The jubilee crown took her about three weeks to make along with the pillow and topper. “I only worked on it in the evening,” she explained “and I got a lot of pleasure out of making it.”
An avid knitter from about the age of six, Kirsty even attended knitting classes in West Moors as a child.
“The crown had to be crocheted not knitted,” she told Dorset View, “and I got the pattern from a knitting and crochet website. I added the pillow and the topper. They’re my own creation.”
Is eight-year-old daughter, Sofia, following in Mum’s footsteps and getting hooked on crochet?
“She’s an artist in her own way who loves to draw but I don’t think she will ever be interested in knitting,” said Kirsty. “Nor will my husband, Nick. I’ve offered to teach him many times.”
Yarn bombing or street art is widespread these days and various other post box toppers have been seen in the area. They often appear to celebrate special occasions.
So what do the Royal Mail make of this growing phenomenon? They are reported to have said they value the passion of post box yarn bombers and they have no problem with the craze as long as the toppers do not obstruct people posting items or posties from collecting mail. They generally advise that the topper decoration shouldn’t cause a safety concern or any kind of offence.
No problem with Kirsty’s creation then, other than it’s so eye-catching she has to take it in every night to keep it safe.
“The crown itself can be worn and I may decide to put it on during the jubilee weekend,” said Kirsty who is looking forward to the celebrations to mark the Queen’s 70th year on the throne.
Kirsty’s local street party is being held on King George V Playing Field in Ferndown, so if you spot someone there sporting a crocheted crown, it may well be her.
International Yarn Bombing Day is on 11 June 2022.
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