Yarnstorm the Fourth: Web of Woe

3 Aug

A month ago: the Yarn Corps are idly practising speedy stitching, learning the arts of covert crochet and sipping pear cider in their top secret bunker at Yarnstorm HQ. There is a frantic flapping at the window.

Opening the window admits one of Knit the City’s secret spy pigeons, very out of breath, who coos the news from the London streets.

An event is taking place in the Leake Street tunnel under Waterloo, where graffiti is free to roam without fear of the law. They’re calling it ‘gritting’.

After a brief moment of confusion, where several members of the Yarn Corps wonder why on earth people would gather to put salt on roads during icy weather and call it art, it comes to light it’s graffiti + knitting. Hmm…

The Yarn Corps, ever paranoid and still on the run after the Phonebox Cosy, suspect a trap. It’s the trap that gives them a yarnstorming idea…

The Knit the City Web of Woe is born.

WARNING: Some of the scenes from this yarnstorm may cause distress. Pregnant women and those with heart conditions should consult a doctor before viewing. Proceed with caution.

Our Web of Woe

Our Web of Woe

Our hungry stitched spider

Our hungry stitched spider

A button-eyed and very dead ant

A button-eyed and very dead ant

A sweary butterfly

A sweary butterfly

The tragic Lord and Lady Lovebug

The tragic Lord and Lady Lovebug

A silent ladybird

A silent ladybird

Dead bugs

Dead bugs

Mothra entwined

Mothra entwined

Croaked and crocheted

Croaked and crocheted

Flightless butterfly

Flightless butterfly

Angel

Angel

Devil

Devil

Agggggh!

Agggggh!

Erk!

Erk!

Tiny tribute to Totoro

Tiny tribute to Totoro

Escaping snail one

Escaping snail one

Escaping snail two

Escaping snail two

Wrapped rodent

Wrapped rodent

Frightened fairy

Frightened fairy

Those butterflies really were sweary

Those butterflies really were sweary

Having yarnstormed themselves a scene of horror, the Yarn Corps dissolved into the shadows of a nearby pub. Safe in the knowledge that graffiti knitting has its place alongside graffiti of the more conventional kind.

A graffiti tribute to knitting

A graffiti tribute to knitting

Visions of the next yarnstorm are already dancing in their heads…

The mysterous Yarn Corps girls behind the web

The mysterous Yarn Corps girls behind the web

For the inside story from other Yarn Corps members see:

Deadly Knitshade’s A mouse’s tale or my part in the Web of Woe

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33 Responses to “Yarnstorm the Fourth: Web of Woe”

  1. Valerie August 3, 2009 at 6:37 am #

    Hee hee hee – love the Web of Woe, so funny. Those knitted bugs would be easy to attach to boring wire fences everywhere and would certainly brighten up a lot of peoples days when they spied ’em.

  2. Iris August 3, 2009 at 10:26 am #

    That is the most awesome knitted/crocheted project I’ve ever seen!!!

  3. Yarn Panda August 3, 2009 at 11:48 am #

    Wow! I have to stand up and salute this many times over. By far the coolest thing I have ever seen. It’s now mandatory that I find a way to visit, just so I can see the web of woe – and other KTC originals.

    • Deadly Knitshade August 3, 2009 at 9:44 pm #

      Yay! Come visit! We’ll save some yarnstorming just for you. 🙂

  4. BNM August 3, 2009 at 12:24 pm #

    Erk.

  5. Miss Allen August 3, 2009 at 5:03 pm #

    Comrades! From across The Pond, I salute your efforts!! Knit On!!!

  6. MagnersPear August 3, 2009 at 5:29 pm #

    Those pictures are fantastic, thank you for sharing!

  7. molli woodtagger August 4, 2009 at 11:48 am #

    you girls make me screem! you are already mythos. this web of woe will save you an eternal place in the hall of graffiti fame.

    • Deadly Knitshade August 5, 2009 at 1:05 am #

      Awwwww shucks. We’ll save you a spot right next to us. We love your work. 🙂

  8. jennine August 5, 2009 at 12:48 am #

    Like all the other fellow commentators, “WOW”. I am in love with the concept of “graffiti knitting”. It is so dangerous and unexpected. You ladies and/or gentleman must continue this crusade and share the photographic evidence that knitting/crochet is cool and will NEVER die! To all you graffiti knitters I raise my glass and say “K1P1 yo and K2tog…”

    jennine

    • Deadly Knitshade August 5, 2009 at 1:05 am #

      *blushes on behalf of Yarn Corps* Thanks very much. We hope to continue yarnstorming till they lock us up. 😀

  9. Manne August 5, 2009 at 5:08 pm #

    Fantastic work. Will be posting on the Leake Street web site about it soon!

  10. Jo August 10, 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    The web looked great. I will be featuring it in my film :-). Particularly loved the angel. Jo

    • Deadly Knitshade August 10, 2009 at 7:31 pm #

      Thanks ever so much. Glad it got immortalised in your film before it got pinched!

      Can’t wait to see the finished movie. Will we all be invited to the première?

  11. Jo August 11, 2009 at 11:34 am #

    If you’d like to come you’re very welcome. It will be on Sept 11th. Are you guys doing any more yarnstorming before then? It would be good to get you in the film, as opposed to just the web! Didn’t manage to get anything in the tunnel, because you left so soon 😦

  12. Aislabie August 12, 2009 at 11:55 am #

    What happens to the cute things? Is someone guarding them or do people steal them?

  13. jafabrit August 19, 2009 at 5:54 pm #

    I’m into teeth and I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE mothra, mothra rules. mothra rocks I LOVE MOTHRA

    • Deadly Knitshade August 19, 2009 at 11:32 pm #

      If Mothra was still around he’d love to hear that. It’s what Mothra would have wanted.

  14. gwensmom August 20, 2009 at 1:25 am #

    You all are brilliant. I can’t believe you put an angel in the web :0

  15. brenda December 13, 2009 at 2:34 am #

    i am interested in making the freaky stuff where can i buy patterns…

    • Deadly Knitshade December 16, 2009 at 3:44 pm #

      The patterns come from our rather deranged minds. Poke about in yours and see what you can find. Go on.

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