Yarn bomb transit protest in Edinburgh

An unknown yarn-bomber has taken to the streets of Edinburgh with a political message, opposing the tramway expansion underway there. Yarnivore Rose says, "Actual political speech in yarnbomb form, rather than 'mere' decoration! BRING IT!"

More from The Scotsman:

Grant McKeenan, who owns the Copymade Shop on West Maitland Street and who has started his own anti-tram poster campaign, said he thought the protest was “excellent”, adding: “Anything speaking out against the trams is good in my book, and clearly someone’s gone to a lot of 

Councillor Lesley Hinds, the city’s transport leader confirmed that the council had removed the colourful protest.

“When unofficial banners are put up it’s normally the process that they are removed, in case they come loose and flap into the face of a pedestrian or into the path of a cyclist.

“It did look like nice crochet work though, someone had clearly spent a lot of time on it.”

The city council added that the blanket was still in their possession if the owner wished to claim it, no questions asked.

Mystery knitter vents Edinburgh trams fury in ‘yarn-bombing’ blanket protest

(Thanks, Rose!)

(Image: a downsized, cropped thumbnail of "The embroidered tram work protest which was attached to the fence on Princes Street," a photo by Mary Gordon)



  1.  “The city council added that the blanket was still in their possession if the owner wished to claim it, no questions asked.”

    Here comes a candle to light you to bed,

    And here comes a chopper to chop off your head

  2. Work of one person, or is there a chapter of Raging Grannies in Edinburgh? ‘OK, ladies, each of you needs to bring a square to our next meeting….’

    1.  I don’t know about Scotland, but in the U.S. the average age for a knitter has dropped over the last two decades below the age group of ‘granny’. The yarn bomber(s) could easily be under thirty.

    1. A sentiment shared by many in Edinburgh. Unfortunately, after 4 years, hundreds of millions of pounds of overspend, and endless disruptive roadworks, the bloody thing’s still not built.

  3. Do people not like trams, or is it just about the incompetent construction?  It a tram a trolly or a small bus or something?

    1. The trams have become a political football with repeated attempts to stop the project or to cut it back. It will link the airport with the city centre, but exactly where in the city has been changed several times – and the cost keeps rising. Although trams have been successfully brought back in several British cities, they keep coming in horribly over budget.

      As for what are trams – they’re a light railway running on city streets. 


      1. Much thanks.  I was worried there was some translation I was missing because the yarn bombing demo in the USA are probably overwhelmingly pro-mass transit.  Including light-rail.

        Do people still want the transit?

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