“Yarnstorming: the art of enhancing a public place or object with graffiti knitting”
Knit the City are a band of sneaky stitching graffiti knitters. We have an ongoing mission to guerilla knit the city of London, and beyond that the world, and bring the art of the sneaky stitch to a world without wool. No part of the city is safe from Knit the City’s woolly war on the mundane, humdrum and expected.
Each of the Yarn Corps‘ individuals have their own reasons for their knitty crimes but our mission remains the same: to yarnstorm until we can yarnstorm no more or until the needles and hooks are pried from our cold dead hands. Or until it’s time for a tea break.
So what the devil is this ‘yarnstorming’? Guerilla knitting or ‘yarnstorming’ (or ‘yarn bombing‘ with a nod to our guerilla knitting cousins across the pond) is the art of conjuring up a piece of knitting or crochet, taking out out in the world, releasing it into the wild, and running away like a mad thing.
It is a street art that harks back to woolly stereotype of grandmas, itchy jumpers, ill-fitting socks and nice cups of tea by the fire, takes it by the blue rinse and drags it kicking and screaming into the street to blanket a bollard in beasts, swathe a signpost with stitched silliness, or cover a corner in wild woolly creatures.
We have needles. We have hooks. We have stitched stories to tell. Run for the hills!
There’s a yarnstorm coming. (via WHAT? | Knit the City)
- Yarn Bombing! (hiddenblossom.com)
- the yarn bomber (othersuchthings.wordpress.com)
- Spotted: Epic Yarnbomb (greenupgrader.com)