"Knitta, Please" Lives On And Goes International

It's been three years since we first wrote about Knitta, the Montrose artistes who were pioneering the art of guerrilla knitting.

Since then the phenomenon has spread worldwide, according to today's UK Telegraph.

"Knitters turn to graffiti artists with 'yarnbombing'" is the headline.

You'll have to imagine hearing this in a plummy BBC accent:

The phenomenon, called Yarnbombing, is thought to have originated in the US but knitters are now beginning to cover British streets in woollen 'tags'.

Quite often dozens of balls of coloured wool are used to make huge sleeves or cosies which are then stitched onto a fixed object, sometimes done under the cover of darkness.

The piece quotes Houstonian Magda Sayeg, who was one of the then-anonymous knittas we featured but who has gone on to be an out, proud and public (publicity-hungry? We eschew intra-knitta politics) proponent of the art form.

We do like this photo of one of her latest projects:

"Knitta, Please" Lives On And Goes International

The Guardian reports that two Canadian knitters are about to publish a book called Yarnbombing: The Art of Knit Graffiti.

-- Richard Connelly

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