People across the country are being urged to look out for a group of ‘guerilla knitters’, who are on a campaign to brighten up the mundane and humdrum with handmade fabric graffiti.
A crack team of four nutty knitters is believed to be behind a series of ‘happenings’ in London, which has seen telephone boxes covered in colourful tea-cosy like creations and a giant 8-metre knitted squid cuddling a statue of Charles Darwin.
While most of the activity has been in the capital, Derby and Inverness have been targeted too – and nowhere is considered out of bounds.
In an undercover interview, group member Deadly Knitshade told DND of how the guerilla knitter movement started five years ago.
‘We were crossing London Bridge and a giant yarnmonster – made of wasted scraps of wool – rose up out of the Thames and urged us to join forces. We’ve been knitting for the cause ever since, encouraging people to put their own mark on the city.’
The most risky mission undertaken so far by the sneaky stitchers was covering the phone box at Parliament Square. ‘There are more CCTV cameras than probably anywhere in the world, but we weren’t deterred,’ said group member Deadly Knitshade.
With a growing interest in knitting reported across the UK, it’s believed that the number of rookie guerilla knitters could be on the rise.
If you want to get knitting yourself, but fancy a less underground operation, perhaps look to London 2012 for inspiration. Carol Meldrum’s book, Knitlympics, will help you capture the big event in wool with patterns for 20 sporting heroes, including Jesse Owens and Chris Hoy, plus an Olympics torch.
To find out more read Knit the City, a book charting the guerrilla knitting movement, (£9.99, Summersdale) or get your needles out with Knitlympics (£7.99, Collins & Brown) – and share your top knitting tips in the box below.