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This is nuts: [link to www.telegraph.co.uk]
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Knitters turn to graffiti artists with 'yarnbombing'
Graffiti artists have added a new tool their traditional aerosol cans – knitting needles and a ball of wool.
Last Updated: 12:25PM GMT 21 Jan 2009
Knitted bus: Knitters turn to graffiti artists with 'yarnbombing'
Knitted bus: Mrs Sayeg said: 'Luckily I had a small team to help me with the bus but it took a week to do' Photo: BNPS
Hundreds of knitters around the world have begun wrapping their huge woolly creations around public property like trees, street signs and lampposts.
They then take photos of their colourful "art" and post them on internet sites for fellow knitters to view and comment on.
One of the most ambitious pieces of work saw a woman spend an entire week covering a disused single decker bus in colourful swatches.
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.
Artist Sarah Hardacre, 31, from Salford, Manchester, has taken up Yarnbombing in her spare time.
She said: "Yarnbombing is all about using the street for making art.
"I have knitted cosies for trees and even covered an entire garden shed in knitted squares before – it certainly put smiles on peoples faces.
"It is about the community taking pride in their surroundings and making it look nice and colourful.
"Yarnbombing is easy to do and can catch the imagination and creativity of so many people."
The craze is thought to have been dreamed up by clothes shop owner Magda Sayeg, 35, from Texas in the US.
She set up the website Knitta Please, which started off as a group for frustrated knitters who didn't know what to do with their half-finished jumpers and scarfs and so started putting them over door handles.
The craze quickly took off with Mrs Sayeg's most outlandish project being the bus.
"I was sat in my shop one afternoon and decided to do something to brighten up the place," she said.
"I looked at the door handle and decided to knit a small cosy for it.
"It drew a lot of attention after I put it on the door with people asking what it was all about.
"I called a friend later that night and explained an idea to her about using old knitting to graffiti things in the street.
"She had started knitting a baby blanket so gave it to me so I could wrap it around a 'stop' sign just outside my window.
"There was such a reaction to it. People were stopping their cars, scratching their heads and taking photographs.
"That is when I realised that I wanted to do more so set up the group."
Since forming the club, Mrs Sayeg has worked her way through thousands of balls of wool all over the world.
She has covered dozens of trees, signs and car ariels in knitted cosies but her biggest venture was the bus.
Mrs Sayeg added: "Luckily I had a small team to help me with the bus but it took a week to do.
"We used large chunky needles and a dozens of balls of yarn to fully cover the whole vehicle.
"It looked absolutely amazing afterwards – so bright and colourful.
"Using knitting as a form of graffiti is a crazy phenomenon and there is no other hobby like it."
Two knitters in Canada are about to publish a book called Yarnbombing: The Art of Knit Graffiti.
Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain, from Vancouver, initially joined a local so-called Stitch and Bitch club – the term used for young women who get together to knit and gossip.
But they expanded their knitting to Yarnbombing and have spent the last year documenting their work.