Six word Saturday


Strange place to find yarn bombing!


Being in Saltburn last week reminded me of an unexpected find on my recent trip to the Algarve.  It was a grey and slightly surly day, with just a hint of sunshine, and I was strolling the seafront at Quarteira, seeking distraction.  Near neighbours with Vilamoura and its extravagant bevy of yachts, Quarteira is a rather more ‘homely’ resort.  Market day on Wednesday draws a crowd, and there are inevitably folk ‘taking the air’ on the long promenade.  Efforts are being made to lure holiday makers further along the coast, with a new stretch of promenade and cafes beyond the small fishing harbour.  Always nosy, I was wandering over to take a look when I spied these.


They couldn’t fail to brighten up a grey day, could they?  I’m quite looking forward to seeing if Saltburn brighten up their pier again this summer. Do you remember last year’s yarn bombing?

Hope you have a colourful weekend.  Mine will be full of washing.  I guess that’s colourful enough!  Have fun, and maybe pop in and see Cate at Six Word Saturday.  See you on Monday for another walk.



      1. Oh yes, our world definitely needs harmless wacky whimsy! I saw something today that at first I thought was yarn bombing — a tree outside the Australian Museum with brightly coloured tufty-things completely covering the trunk for, I dunno, 10 metres (?). High enough to need some mechanical means of reaching! It wasn’t crochet, but I still have no idea what it was or why! No camera, alas. 😦

  1. I ADORE yarn bombing and these works are just glorious. I especially love the one with the pictures. I missed your post n this last year so I just enjoyed two years of fantastic art this morning at the hospital cafe’ on a very rainy autumn’s day. So let’s just say these images were exactly what I needed to make me smile.

    1. Your words are like a warm hug across the miles, Lisa. Any time I can make you smile is a good time. 🙂 🙂 (He’s a looker, isn’t he? There were more but my shots were skew wiff 🙂 ) Sending positive thoughts and lots of smiles, sweetheart.

  2. I agree with you that the charm of these brightly colored pieces would brighten any day. They remind me of some of the handmade embroidered pieces I found in my grandmother’s things years ago. They definitely add cheer. 🙂

    1. Will do when I’ve replied (scroll down 🙂 ). I’d heard the term lots before I knew what it referred to. It’s a wonderfully quirky idea. Love anything that makes you smile. 🙂

  3. I don’t see much yarn bombing around here. I love to see your Saltburn ones they are always so magical, but these are pretty good too. Hope you have finished the ironing. You spoil that son of yours terribly Jo.

    1. I’m well aware, Jude, but it’s taken him a while to grow into a nice person and he’s appreciative in other ways. Just doing my bit because he has quite a tough working week. 🙂 There is a laundry in the basement of the apartments where he lives but I don’t think he’s found it yet. 🙂 🙂 Happy Sunday!

  4. I as just thinking about yarn bombing yesterday – I have a few examples scattered through the blog and was thinking about drawing them altogether for a post. Nothing as intricate as this though!

  5. Oh dear, dear Jo,
    now Siri and Selma want to yarn bomb our trees. Actually we didn’t know it’s called yarn bombing until we read your post. 🙂
    Wishing you a great weekend,
    The Fab Four of Cley

    1. You will let them, won’t you, Klaus? Think how happy the trees will be! Not to mention the girls 🙂
      Well, now I know how you’ll be spending your weekend. Enjoy! 🙂 🙂

  6. Such details (pearl necklaces!) – but your mention of the dreary days makes me afraid for these creations in the rain. I love the idea of yarn bombing, and love it when I come across them, but my next thought is always what happens when it rains, or when they get dirty, or when they get torn, or when the birds get friendly with them…

    1. Now, I can’t vouch for the birds, but they do survive rain quite well. 🙂 The ones in Saltburn regularly get a good soaking. Not such a problem in the Algarve, though 🙂

  7. You know I am going to 💘 this post! I am excited about seeing yarnbombing in real life myself. These are really inticate patterns for yarnbombing, I think.😍

  8. Everything seems much brighter here than in the southern hemisphere. What’s going on? Maybe brighter by contrast with grey? This is wonderful craft and beautifully photographed. Who are the faces?

    1. Good question, as usual, Meg, and I have no idea! I presume you mean in the movies scenes. There were a couple more but my photos didn’t come out great. We had a couple of murky days in the Algarve and I had to look for other entertainment. Not too difficult really 🙂

      1. I don’t iron, well maybe once or twice a year. I buy things that save me the work, rarely need to be that smart and have mastered the art of folding to perfection 🙂

      2. Shirts and trousers for work are a bummer! 😦 Just finished 🙂 Going to pack when I’ve had a coffee then sort his wardrobe. Need some space for Lisa coming on Thursday.

    1. Lucky girl! I’m looking forward to Lisa and Leo coming next weekend but I feel like there’s a mountain of work to do first. 😦 Happy Easter to you, Cathy! Have a great time 🙂

    1. There’s a lovely little new cafe, Casa da Barreira, in Sao Bras near the TI, Becky. Can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it since I came back? Will keep an eye open for yarn bombs when I’m back next month. 🙂

    1. No sign as yet, Viv. 🙂 Some time after Easter they usually materialise. No sign of Cate again this weekend? I haven’t been back to check since first thing. Hope all is well!

      1. I wouldn’t know about knitting! As for any better, not yet…early days in the life of a cold in one with MS….

  9. Beautiful yarns, Jo. I really like the ones with the little dolls on them. So cute. We also have yarn lining trees here in Melbourne, but these are certainly more creative in my opinion 🙂

    1. I think the dolls are superb too, Mabel. 🙂 Saw you with Sue, the other day, by the way. You looked tiny! It must have been lovely to meet up. She comes over as such a warm, genuine person. 🙂 Happy weekend to you!

      1. It was great catching up with Sue, Jo. You are right, I am a tiny person with a body of a ten year old 😀 Hope you get to meet her some day. I would love to meet you too and we could go on a walk together 🙂

  10. What an amazing piece work this is, they are very talanted. And who can be grympy with these pictures (or in real life) when you see this?

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