QUESTION?

Curiosity killed the yarnstormed cat. It was nothing to do with the fact we covered it in yarn. Oh no.

You have questions? We have some answers.

When is your next yarnstorm?
If we told you we’d have to kill you.

The only way to keep informed is to stalk us on Twitter or Facebook. Social media is your friend. There might also be something on our Next page. But we doubt it.

Where can I get the English version of your book from?
The book was originally written in English so it shouldn’t be too tough to make happen.

We have a UK publisher and are expecting a shiny English version by the end of the year.

Will the book be released in any other language?

We hope so! Hoffmann and Campe have the world rights so if you’re a publisher from anywhere get in touch with them or email us and we’ll put you in touch with Deadly Knitshade’s agent.

How do you recruit the Yarn Corps?
Becoming an Agent of the Knit the City Yarn Corps and gaining access to the secret wool-lined Yarn Corps bunker requires quite frankly scary levels of yarnstorming obsession and undefinable knitting graffiti superpowers.

The trial of woolly fire involves rituals that the existing agents would rather hang themselves on their own chain stitch noose than disclose. If you are Knit the City Yarn Corps material we will find you. You may wish that we hadn’t.

We do, however, encourage fledgling yarnstormers to shove a link to their yarnstorming blog at us. We’ll shine it up real nice and put it in pride of place on the Other Graffiti Knitters shelf.

Why ‘yarnstorming’ and not ‘yarnbombing’?
Knit the City ‘yarnstorm’ rather than ‘yarnbomb’.

Being of a gentler disposition the Yarn Corps feel a bit sheepish about being labelled as dastardly yarn terrorists. We live in a city where ‘bomb’ is possibly not the best word to bandy about, even if it is woolly. We’re not blowing things up. We’re creating a bit of handmade chaos. See how pretty it is. *gazes*

Who makes all your lovely short films?
Alt Artist. They rock.

What are the underlying subversive, feminist and political aims behind your woolly street art?

So many people have asked us this question that the answer now has it’s own page.

Why are you wasting your yarn on this when you could be knitting to keep homeless people warm, feed hungry children in Africa and save small monkeys from imploding?
Why does anyone make art or do something for fun when they could be doing something practical and for the good of those worse off? Should Van Gogh really have left his art (and his ear) alone and painted some nice practical walls? Should Michaelangelo have chipped a handy bathroom set from David’s block of marble? Shouldn’t every knitter who knits for a friend or family member or (shock) for themselves, really be knitting for the needy?

The fact is that you can’t be practical and philanthropic with everything you do. Yarnstorming adds to the world in the same way paintings, sculptures, books, films and any kind of imaginative expression does. Just because you expect to see it in its stereo-typical setting doesn’t make it wrong to be doing something creative with something that does have practical uses.

If everyone begins to think like that we may as well throw in the non-knitted towel now.

It’s ok to have fun. It’s ok to make people smile. It’s ok to use yarn to do it. So there. *blows large raspberry*

What happens to your yarnstorms after you install them?
Sticky fingered people steal them. We don’t mind. Once a knit is released into the wild it’s free to roam. Every KTC item has a label on it that says “Confess your theft at http://www.knitthecity.com. So far we’ve only had one confession.

I’m a journalist/filmmaker/publicity hound writing/filming/touting (insert publication/project here). Will you yarnstorm for me?
We try to avoid being the dancing monkeys of knitting graffiti unless there’s a very good reason for it.

We’re very happy to do telephone interviews, answer emails or even meet you in real life if we have time. We’ll also let you use photos of our previous yarnstorms to go along with our words. We have some very good ones.

We’re unlikely to knit just because you ask us to though. Unless you can think of an astoundingly good reason.

A yarnstorm takes weeks to prepare and plan. Those stitches don’t knit themselves, you know. So we can’t just yarnstorm on demand and, to be honest, it wouldn’t be the same if we did. We also need to continue our day jobs to maintain our sneaky stitching cover. We’re busy bunnies in real life.

If you want to come along on a yarnstorm with your notepad and camera then you’ll have to contact us to ask if one is planned soon and then ask if you can come along. Sometimes we might say yes. Sometimes we might like a little privacy.

We have pointy sticks if you become insistent.

I’m a student studying (insert degree here). Can I bombard you with probing yet insightful questions for my dissertation?
We don’t mind helping out students but we’re busy yarnstorming bees. So if you want us to lavish some of our spare time on helping you win the favour of academia then there are a few things that might help:

  1. Do your research. Addressing us as ‘Dear Sirs’ probably isn’t the best start.
  2. Be polite about it. When you first contact us, please don’t send us your eight million questions right away. Ask us if we have time to fit you in. If we do we’re happy to help. If we don’t it’ll save all that typing.
  3. Learn real live journalism by taking notes. After answering many, many, many questions by email we’ve got finger cramps. So we’re hanging up the keyboard but we’re happy to send you a phone number for a telephone interview instead. You can even send us the questions in advance if you like. Less typing for us, more note scribbling for you. You’ll feel just like Clark Kent.

Will you take part in our event/publicise our cause/help us save the planet?
Must we? It’s graffiti. I wonder if Banksy has this trouble.

Can you knit another Phonebox Cosy?
No. No we can’t.

Oh. Go on.
*stony silence*

Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease.
*releases knitted hounds*

Still curious? Email us.

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5 Responses to “QUESTION?”

  1. sally cousins November 13, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    thank you muchly!! i’m off sick at the moment so way too much time on my hands x

  2. Barbara Chandler October 4, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Any chance of knowing when might be your next hit? just in general terms…
    love Bx

    • Deadly Knitshade October 4, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

      If we told you we’d have to kill you. 🙂

      Stalk us on Twitter. It’s the only way to catch any clues… @knitthecity

  3. Tracy Pickering October 15, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

    Hi Girls…..saw you on This Morning….FABULOUs…I absolutely love what you do…you have inspired me to learn how to knit…everything you do is right up my street!!…such girly things..!!!…I really love the Alice in Wonderland stuff..,,,,Lauren, would you please let me know where you got the fab t shirt you wore on This Morning…with the girl picture on it..long sleeved….I want one..!!!..keep knitting…LOVE IT LOVE IT….thanks..xx

    • Deadly Knitshade October 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

      Hi Tracy. Thanks for your lovely words. Good luck with the knitting!

      The t-shirt was from Zara with a long-sleeved stripy t-shirt underneath. My fave combo. 🙂

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