Today (11th June) is international yarn bombing day so prompted by The Treblemaking Hookers Death Hat challenge I made a pretty pink bonnet for a statue of Oliver Cromwell that.. ahem.. graces our town centre. “Why Cromwell?” I hear you cry, frankly because my mum has told me I MUST yarn bomb him and I am a good girl and do as I am told (OK she has been asking for about ten years, but kids always take their time about things).
There is a little story featuring this statue that, no matter how much truth is in it, has always fascinated me. You see in Warrington we have these golden gates (called The Golden Gates, proper imaginative were the Warringtonions of the past) outside the town hall
The story goes that they were made for the queen Victoria but when she came to view them the statue of Cromwell that was being made for Warrington was behind them. The Queen went ape to say the least and refused the gift so Warrington got them “on the cheep” as it were. How much truth is in this story I don’t know and I really don’t want to did too deep and spoil a story I have loved since I was five.
So back to the yarn bombing, I set out last night to, under cover of darkness, to place the pretty pink bonnet on the oddly proportioned head of Oliver Cromwell, with the help of The Sister , The Muscle, and a long pole the hat was teased in to place.
I am not happy with the result, but as he is A LOT taller than I thought, I am old and out of shape, and his elbows were in the way I think we did OK. I do not get my bonus points as I couldn’t get the yarn wrapped around his neck buuuuut I am hopeful that I will make the local news as he is right outside the local newspaper offices.
If you are interested his note says