What on earth do you think you’re doing with that wool?

Knit the City are a crack team of four woolly warriors who have been turning the city knitwise since February 2009: Deadly Knitshade, The Fastener, Shorn-a the Dead and Lady Loop.

We have an ongoing mission to guerilla knit the city of London, and beyond that the world, and bring the art of the sneaky stitch to a world without wool.

No part of the city is safe from Knit the City’s woolly war on the mundane, humdrum and expected.

Each of the Yarn Corps‘ individuals have their own reasons for their knitty crimes but our mission remains the same: to yarnstorm until we can yarnstorm no more or until the needles and hooks are pried from our cold dead hands. Or until it’s time for a tea break.

So what the devil is this ‘yarnstorming’? Guerrilla knitting or ‘yarnstorming’ (or ‘yarn bombing‘ with a nod to our guerilla knitting cousins across the pond) is the art of covering part of the world in a knitted or crocheted fabric and then running away like a wild thing.

It is a street art that harks back to woolly stereotype of grandmas and nice cups of tea by the fire, takes it by the blue rinse and drags it kicking and screaming into the street to blanket a bollard in beasts, swathe a signpost with stitched silliness, or cover a corner in wild woolly creatures.

We have needles. We have hooks. We have stitched stories to tell.
Run for the hills!
There’s a yarnstorm coming.


10 Responses to “WHAT?”

  1. Kate at Tot Toppers June 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

    Love this! What a neat idea.

    • Deadly Knitshade June 30, 2009 at 12:49 am #

      Thanks. 🙂

      Feel free to yarnstorm your own neighbourhood. Go on.

  2. Antonia February 25, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    Hi! Wonderfull idea!
    I’m from Munich and I’m seriously thinking about knit this city, too 😀


  3. knit-amaniac June 20, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    Hi, im doing an art project at school and it involves urben knitting

  4. Heather S August 11, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    Was in Buffalo, NY the other day and (as a novice knitter) was delighted to see some yarnbombing on the streets!!! It was just a shame there was no tag, so I don’t know which group or individual did it!

  5. theashleywilkes October 18, 2009 at 10:03 pm #

    I uh, would not recommend you do that. Knit some flowers to put on the grave? ps. KTC, I’m writing an article on you for my school newspaper.

  6. Deadly Knitshade October 18, 2009 at 10:10 pm #

    We wouldn’t do it either. Bit of an odd thing to do…

    Yay! Do we get to see your school paper article when it’s written?


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