Yarn-bomber’s protest blanket hits trams

The Edinburgh yarn-bomber has again demonstrated their woolly disdain for the city'strams project with knitted messages. Picture: contributed
The Edinburgh yarn-bomber has again demonstrated their woolly disdain for the city'strams project with knitted messages. Picture: contributed
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A MILITANT mystery knitter has struck once again – this time adorning an entire tram stop in a woollen protest blanket.

Benches and a tram ticketing machine at the West End-Princes Street stop were covered with brightly-coloured crocheted creations.

They featured slogans such as “£1 billion down the drain”, “Trams cost to council tax pa £15 million a year for 30 years” and “Still a tramway to hell”.

The latter phrase is in reference to a previous “yarn-bombing” on Princes Street back in September 2012 when a similar knitted blanket was erected on barriers surrounding the tram works bearing the message “Tramway to Hell”.

It is understood that the latest protest in Shandwick Place occurred on Sunday before pictures were posted on the Twitter account of city design agency Wide Eyed Design.

Businessman and long-time tram critic Grant McKeeman, of print shop Copymade in nearby West Maitland Street, said he was “delighted” with the re-emergence of the phantom.

He said: “I’ve no idea who’s behind this, but I’m glad that someone is making the point that not everyone in the city is mad for the trams. People should feel free to protest their disapproval for the project.

“Myself and others have been against the whole project from the start and we will still be when the novelty wears off. People are enjoying the trams at the moment, but there is no denying that it is a ridiculous waste of money and the route is all wrong.”

Edinburgh has long been home to its own “social knitwork”, with one yarn-bomber decorating benches in Princes Street Gardens with knitted pom-pom bunting during the 2012 Festival.

Knitted “jumpers” have also appeared on lampposts in Elm Row during previous Augusts.

Those taking part in the Occupy Edinburgh protest in St Andrew Square in 2011 also left similar woolly items wrapped round foliage and the Leith Festival has held an event called Cool Wool, where people were encouraged to make jumpers for trees in the area.

The origins of yarn-bombing are unclear, with some claiming it began in the Netherlands, and others that it was born in the US in 2005.

A trams spokesman said of this latest piece of yarnstorming needling: “It is certainly very colourful and we admire the obvious skill that has gone into its creation.”

It is understood that the crocheted pieces are currently in the possession of Transport for Edinburgh.