Brighton yarnbomber creates crochet hat dispenser to keep neighbourhood’s heads warm

Posted On 23 Feb 2017 at 2:59 pm

A Brighton yarnbomber who has previously turned her street into a woolly wonderland has now installed a crochet hat dispenser at her neighbourhood bike store.
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Dani Ahrens started knitting decorations to brighten up the Cobden Road bike shed last autumn, when she created a crochet tree to cover the lockup’s corner.

In winter, this was replaced by snowman, but when that went missing, Dani decided to replace it with something more neighbourly – and the hat dispenser was born.

Dani, whose previous wool-based community projects include covering cars in Southampton Street with crochet ladybirds in 2013 as part of a living streets art gallery, said: “I had been thinking about it for quite a while, this bicycle shed, is really ugly needsometing. I could turn the corner into a tree then I thought I would like to do something for each season.

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“I put the snowman on in December and I thought that was done for winter, but then somebody took it down and it came back tyo me by a random passer by and I thought I had better put something else up there and I don’t really know what gave me the idea.

One of the 2013 ladybird cars

One of the 2013 ladybird cars


“I originally thought I would put scarves up but then I thought hats would be quicker to knit.

“They are for anyone who feels the need of a hat. I’m hoping that people are taking them to give them to somebody who does.

“They are going very quickly. I go there every day to get my bike and most days there are fewer hats there. I’m replenishing them but other people are as well. There were two there yesterday which I hadn’t seen before and they’ve both gone now.

“Ideally I would do something for spring, but I’m quite busy with knitting for my Artists’ Open House in May.”
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Dani’s Open House will be in Southampton Street at the bright yellow house close to the Constant Service.

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