Yarnbombing – Call to arms!

At last I reveal the secret project… and a request for a little help!

I work in a lovely little family-orientated GP surgery and I thought it would make our patients smile if we could yarn bomb the place with colourful flowers and wildlife animals and create a ‘Fantasy Garden’, and I thought why not ask for some help from my wonderful blogging friends.

Yarn Bombing Banner

  • Can you Knit or Crochet?
  • Do you own a yarn stash?
  • Then maybe you would be able to help.

If you think you may be able to help make this crazy idea a reality at our little surgery, please email me at TheGrangeRange@hotmail.com and let me know whether you knit or crochet and if you would like any pattern links.

If we can make enough of a display to encourage monetary donations from patients and onlookers, we would like to collect for our local hospital and hospice.

This is a gigantic project, and I would be so grateful if anyone had any discarded flowers or some scraps of yarn left over that could be turned into flowers to help furnish our little surgery with wooly blooms or little animals.

3 more Crochet Happy Flowers

So far I have been making the Birdie Decorations and the Happy Flowers both from Attic24; sunflowers; Shelly the garden snail; a little toadstool house and some gnomes; and the fairies.

Crochet Birds in a Row

Netting fixed over the handrails covered with flowers would create huge impact as patients visit, and maybe a beach scene as we are by the sea?

At the back of the surgery is a disused pond. A local building firm have agreed to donate a frame to support a blue tarpaulin so we can display knitted or crochet ducks, water lilies, frogs etc. and I would love to have some rabbits for under the shrubbery and squirrels and birds for in the trees and shrubs for the children to find.

Of course bunting would be a great feature too and always adds an air of festivity. Please feel free to make suggestions or give your feedback on these ideas.

I can’t help but feel this project is still in its infancy and there are so many ideas in my head that I think it will explode if I don’t share some of them with you.

Feeling inspired? Send me an email and let’s begin!

76 thoughts on “Yarnbombing – Call to arms!

  1. Robbie June 19, 2014 / 13:47

    Sounds amazing! I will be sending you some items shortly.


  2. hatted0wl June 19, 2014 / 12:00

    Reblogged this on Princess of Yarn and commented:
    Really a lovely thing to do with those leftovers that pile up in all our staches.
    – I already made 23 flowers, who’s got more? 😀


      • hatted0wl July 3, 2014 / 14:00

        I hope the parcel will arrive you shortly and well :3
        Do you guys still need patterns to share? I’m thinking about writing a post for the tulips I made using leftover stocking wool..


      • thegrangerange.wordpress.com July 3, 2014 / 23:29

        Thank you so much, I will be looking out for your parcel. The pattern for the tulips would be great if you get chance to write it up. I am certain our fellow crafters would appreciate it, if you let me know when you post it I will link to it so my visitors can find it too if thats ok.


  3. yarnchick40 June 16, 2014 / 19:50

    Reblogged this on yarnchick40 and commented:
    Hey yarny friends ~ please take a moment to check out this lovely idea and consider lending a few items to the cause!


  4. hhh123 June 13, 2014 / 05:41

    I will also join. I have sent email to you.


  5. *Wisher* June 13, 2014 / 05:02

    this is so cool.. what do u have in mind? i see if i can help.. 😀
    sending you an email now.. ;D


  6. elisabeth andrée June 12, 2014 / 17:37

    A sweet idea! I can donate some garlands I made and I can also donate some of my stash, if you like?


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com June 12, 2014 / 18:26

      Garlands would be wonderful, we have lots of trees and shrubs to hang them from and we hope to have enough triangle bunting to go around the front of the building too. Anything from your stash would be very gratefully received and put to very good use. Thank you so much and welcome to our woolly project.


  7. bamcrafts979 June 12, 2014 / 14:27

    I’m in. Just tell me what you want and where you want it sent! 🙂


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com June 12, 2014 / 18:23

      Just so excited by all this help coming in, thank you so much for being part of our project. I will post this weekend with more info and some pattern ideas, hope that ok and welcome to our little project.


  8. Tajana June 12, 2014 / 12:45

    is there any deadline?I’d like to be a part of the project but have some WIPs now…. :/ I was thinking about making roses but can do one par evening for the moment…. sorry for not being more useful…. 😦


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com June 12, 2014 / 18:20

      We intend to launch the yarn bombing on the 25 August, bank holiday weekend, as we thought that would be a good opportunity for plenty of visitors. We would love some roses and will be very appreciative of however many you can do. So happy to have you abroad our little wooly project, thank you.


      • thegrangerange.wordpress.com June 13, 2014 / 18:14

        I think the wrap colours will be wonderful, I love the little buttons you used in the centre of the flowers, so cute. I hope you have had lots of use from your lovely wrap. Thank you.


      • Tajana June 13, 2014 / 18:30

        Thank you! ❤ Oh,the wrap is a part of me during winter cold days:D 😀 😀 I would never said that I could be so fond of a garment…. I have verified how much yarn i have and can tell that some three or four roses could be there.It came up to my mind that there is much stuff left frome the street market.I can send something to you,if you like.I'm not going to do a market again so my stuff can have a sense in your hands….
        What do you say?


      • Tajana June 14, 2014 / 18:07

        Oh,I’m sure of that.The next week I’ll take some photos and will send them to the e-mail you indicate so you’ll have an idea about the stuff 🙂


  9. lovelucie1 June 12, 2014 / 12:27

    Reblogged this on Love, Lucie and commented:
    This is one of my great blogger friends who has huge plans to yarn bomb her OH’s doctor’s surgery. Could you help? All for a good cause!


  10. lovelucie1 June 12, 2014 / 12:24

    Tell me what you need, I will crochet. 🙂 x


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com June 12, 2014 / 18:17

      Thank you so much for your help, it is very gratefully accepted, I will do a post this weekend with more info and some pattern ideas but we will definitely be needing bunting triangles.


  11. Shakti Ghosal June 12, 2014 / 11:41

    Great idea and I can see that this initiative, as you get more crochets created, would allow you to keep your passion alive and your word to yourself.

    So what do you see as your next action plan?



    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com June 12, 2014 / 18:15

      Hi Shakti, I will be doing another post at the weekend with more details about the project and some pattern ideas. I am overwhelmed by the responses and level of offers and extremely grateful to all those of you who have pledged to help and support.


  12. mollieandclaire June 11, 2014 / 23:28

    What about including pom-poms? When I went to the Kaffe Fassett exhibition at the American Museum, they’d decorated a tree with them 🙂


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com June 12, 2014 / 01:12

      Love it! What a great idea. I have gone some plastic balls that I have been crocheting around so pom poms will go nicely with them hung from the trees.


  13. Hollis Hildebrand-Mills June 11, 2014 / 22:53

    I would love to donate yarn. But a very long time ago when my best friend told me she was having a baby, I went out and bought the most beautiful yarn (to me)!!!! Yellow (those days the gender was a guess) and white and nubby. Well, I never made anything, because I did not teach myself to knit or crochet. But my dreams were big!!!!!


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com June 12, 2014 / 18:32

      It is always good to dream big, ‘aim for the moon, you might land in the stars’ if you don’t dream big you will never make it big I say! Thank you so much for your generous offer of yarn we would love to add it to our project and I promise to put it to excellent use. I will email you the address if thats ok.


      • Hollis Hildebrand-Mills June 13, 2014 / 01:40

        I don’t have the yarn anymore. I am so sorry. I had it many years ago. It’s gone now. I think I threw it away because I felt guilty.


      • thegrangerange.wordpress.com June 13, 2014 / 08:05

        Sorry if I misunderstood your email, but never mind it was just nice to hear from you and maybe one day in the future you may decide to arm yourself with a hook or some needles and have a go. Stay in touch.


  14. woodlandrealm10 June 11, 2014 / 22:16

    I’m on the west coast of the U.S., but I LOVE the idea and really want to help out, plus i have plenty of extra yarn, I wonder how much shipping would cost… I look into it, and keep an eye out for your weekend email with the details 😉


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com June 11, 2014 / 22:51

      Thats great, I do hope the postage is not to expensive, it would be so nice to have your help and make this an international project. look forward to staying in touch.


  15. KerryCan June 11, 2014 / 21:36

    I’m too far away to lend a hand, too, (and too inept in the yarn department) but I’ll send buckets of positive vibes! It’s a beautiful plan!


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com June 11, 2014 / 21:46

      We would love you to help and would be so happy to receive your contributions. The theme is Fantasy Garden and I will be doing another post at the weekend to explain some of the ideas in a bit more detail. If you have a particular something in mind that you would like to make please let us know and I am sure it would be lovely.


      • colonialarmory June 11, 2014 / 22:13

        I’ll e-mail you then with what I would like to contribute. 🙂


      • thegrangerange.wordpress.com June 11, 2014 / 22:49

        Thank you, I have updated the email link so hope it works ok now. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


      • colonialarmory June 11, 2014 / 22:21

        I tried sending a message to the e-mail you provided but it said it failed to send. Is there any way of contacting?


  16. silkandwool June 11, 2014 / 21:26

    What a lovely idea! I don’t have much times to knit now, but I find it very appealing that I may knit something that’ll cheer up people 🙂 would it be ok, if I make something on a spur of a moment and send it over, or do you prefer to have everything planned out?


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com June 11, 2014 / 21:35

      We would be so happy to receive whatever you have time to make for our woolly Fantasy Garden so please feel free to make something of your choice and thank you so much for taking part.


      • silkandwool June 12, 2014 / 16:02

        Too early to thank mw yet 🙂 but I hope to get round to making something. I’ll email you when I do to get mailing address.


  17. JennG June 11, 2014 / 20:47

    I so wish I could help from here (Canada). I do have lots of yarn left from previous projects that I could possibly send… I think this is a wonderful idea! I will see what I can do to help! I look forward to maybe seeing some pictures as the project progresses!


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com June 11, 2014 / 21:06

      Thank you so much for your kind thoughts, I am sorry you are so far away but we will be sharing lots of images of the progress so you can certainly enjoy the journey with us.


  18. Miss Bea June 11, 2014 / 20:40

    This is a brilliant idea! I love the idea of yarn bombing somewhere and how lovely that you will be able to see it at work everyday 🙂 x


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com June 11, 2014 / 21:05

      Thank you, it will certainly make me smile every day and I hope it will have the same effect on our visiting patients.


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