My friend has recently introduced me to Yarnstorming (I think I’m a bit behind on this one! )by showing me the Knit the City website created by a group of wooly artist determined to brighten our lives and spread colour throughout the city of London. Yarnstorms (also known in the USA as Yarnbombing) started popping up in 2004 to claim back and individualise grey sterile public areas in cities. These installations by the Knit the City crew are there purely because it makes them happy to create it and because it makes us happy to see their work. There isn’t a loud, screaming political agenda (although they acknowledged this genre of art has it’s place), other than to make the world a more colourful and happy place (see here for more).
Knit the City’s telephone box cosy in Parliament Square, London. Image from knitthecity.com
Looking through their website made me smile and remember the fun I used to have with my Granny when I was a kid, as she taught me to knit. So my housemate, Sarah, and I promptly went to the local craft shop and got our needles going. Last week it was a scarf, yesterday I finished a bobble hat, complete with a pompom. Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to take it to the streets.
You can knit anywhere… even at the setup a friend’s gig. (Not while they are playing though…
“Yarnstorming (also known as yarnbombing): the art of enhancing a public place or object with graffiti knitting”
“(Or putting knitting on something unexpected in public and running always giggling wildly)”
From the Knit the City website.