Yarnstorm the Seventh: Gate of Ghouls

3 Nov

Come closer, mortals, we wish to tell you a tale of tube-flavoured terror…

Knit the City have a special love for underground London. In our formative days each of us were beckoned into shady underground doorways by our mysterious hooded mentor. There we were relentlessly trained in ways of the yarnstorm while we spent our days and nights in Knit the City’s secret underground wool-lined bunker.

A lockpicking skelebones

This makes us all the more aware that sometimes, when the barrier between good and evil weakens on certain nights of the year, the evil and horror that lurks under London likes to creep out into the city and do unspeakable things to unsuspecting passers by.

We are stitch-struck wool-weaponed watchers of the London below your feet. We felt it was our duty to warn you. A stitched sign that something sinister sits in the city’s shadows.

Screwing up our courage, thowing in a handful of ghoulish ghost lights, and keeping our sharpened DPNs at the ready we yarnstormed one of London’s most haunted entrances to the underground – the rust-ravaged gateway to the empty echoes of abandoned Aldwych Station on The Strand.

Since the 1800s Aldwych has been a gallery, a chapel and a theatre. It is home to the soft sinister shimmer of many ghosts.

On this Halloween Night it was the setting for Knit the City’s Gate of Ghouls…


The Gate of Ghouls

WOOooOOOOoOO! Our Gate of Ghouls!


EEP! The crochet bone's connected to the...crochet bone...

GAH! Discworld-flavoured DEATH will unravel your souuuuuuuul!

WAH! The Northern Line Nasty sees you in the dark!

YIKES! The Black Rabbit, Cthulhu and the Slake Moth come for us all in the end...

AGH! Don't let the stitched skelebones tempt you in!

GAME OVER! A maze-guarding ghostie!

BLOURP! Bits of bodies without bodies!

SQUEAK! Death of Rats will have your hamster!

EEK! The Jubileevil Mousetroll will make cheese of your chin!

PLACK! Demons and antlers and teeth oh my!

ICK! Dripping troll blood will ruin anything dry-clean only!

PLUG! A message from the woolly underworld!

BLARGH! A ghost actress to break your legs!

RARGH! Abandon hope to the handmade horror all ye who enter the Gate of Ghouls.

RARGH! Abandon hope to the handmade horror all ye who enter the Gate of Ghouls.

SHRIEK! Such sinister stitchery!

MWA HA HAAAA! Knit the City's satanic stitching on the sunset Strand

Pay heed to the woolly warning of the Gate of Ghouls, good people of London. You never know what is looking up when you’re not looking down…

For Halloween tales of yarnstorming horror straight from the Yarn Corps fingertips see:

Deadly Knitshade’s Attack of the Tubeline Trolls

The Fastener’s Crocheted Creeps


20 Responses to “Yarnstorm the Seventh: Gate of Ghouls”

  1. Julie - Vancouver November 3, 2009 at 10:41 am #

    Love it…love it!

  2. Iris November 3, 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    Yay I love them! The big skeleton with the worm coming out of its eye is my favourite.

    • Deadly Knitshade November 3, 2009 at 1:07 pm #


      The Skele was The Fastener’s work. Talented new girl. 🙂

      • thefastener November 14, 2009 at 12:35 pm #

        ah thanks guys, it was so sad to leave them all and let them go onto their new life! We wish people would post pics of where they are now!

  3. Sarah - Jane down the lane November 3, 2009 at 8:20 pm #

    Genius Ladies! Pure Genius!

    big shout out for the grim reaper man and rat! and loving those teeth too, inspired!

    Olympic organising committee take heed!

    Sarah x

    • Deadly Knitshade November 3, 2009 at 8:40 pm #

      Thanks, chick. 🙂

      We’re sure the Olympics will be in touch soon… 😛

    • thepurplepurler November 12, 2009 at 11:34 pm #

      I’m glad you liked DEATH and DEATH OF RATS 🙂
      I agree…they totally rocked!

  4. Hel's bells November 5, 2009 at 12:37 pm #

    Fabu! Love it…. brilliant keep it up great grim reaper rat…
    Hel x

    • thepurplepurler November 12, 2009 at 11:31 pm #


  5. molli woodtagger November 6, 2009 at 11:09 am #

    what a friendly club of halloweenies! i love most: the death-rat. because of its solemn look.

    • thepurplepurler November 12, 2009 at 11:31 pm #

      Thank you 🙂 I loved him too…

  6. Tina November 7, 2009 at 10:45 am #

    Very very cool Making the world pretty one stitch at a time ttfn liquidwishes

  7. Caroline, No November 14, 2009 at 11:48 am #

    I’m scared!!!

  8. Elle January 17, 2010 at 7:22 am #

    I think Terry Pratchett needs to see your Death of Rats.
    The only thing missing is a tiny little Susan, but this was truly inspired.

  9. Jetta Salem January 24, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    Heah, what a special website you have. I found it on Bing while looking for some baby stuff. Thanks and God bless.

  10. laura Chorba December 12, 2010 at 1:58 am #

    Greetings from Wisconsin.. what wonderful stuff!!
    Keep up the great work of spreading delight art and whimsey in everyday people’s lives 🙂


  1. Attack of the Tubeline Trolls « Whodunnknit - November 3, 2009

    […] For the full Knit the City tale see Yarnstorm the Seventh: Gate of Ghouls […]

  2. DEATH’s Halloween Haunting « The Purple Purler - November 17, 2009

    […] DEATH’s Halloween Haunting Jump to Comments Halloween lends itself to a yarnstorm. FACT! So there was no question at all that Knit the City wouldn’t stalk London’s streets to find a spooky setting for a spooky ’storm. And where better than the ghoulish disused Strand Station, built on (under?) the site of a Victorian theatre, haunted by an actress who failed to make her final curtain call, and a staple film location for any British film that needs an underground station… Ladies and gentlemen, won’t you please put your hands together for (some of) the stars of the Knit the City Gate of Ghouls. […]

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