Greenwich guerilla knitters wage woolly war on unloved public spaces

Greenwich guerilla knitters wage woolly war on unloved public spaces

Greenwich guerilla knitters strike along the Thames Path, picture courtesy of Graham Miles

Greenwich guerilla knitters strike along the Thames Path, picture courtesy of Graham Miles

Greenwich guerilla knitters wage woolly war on unloved public spaces

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

GREENWICH guerilla knitters have struck again and are waging woolly war on unloved public spaces.

The mystery spinners have knitted jackets for trees, hats for bollards and even an octopus caught in a net along the Thames Path.

Known as 'yarnstorming' or 'yarnbombing' the capital-wide phenomenon is about cheering up a public place with an anonymous colourful creation.

This Is Local London: A knitted octopus trapped in a net found on the Thames Path

One possible contender for the guerilla graffiti is underground group Knit the City who claim to work their knitting needles from a secret wool-lined bunker.

A post on their website says: "Unleashing our squishy art on the world, makes us and others happy and brings something to life that wasn’t there before.

"Our street art does many things. It takes a woolly hold on forgotten public spaces and gives them soul.

"It treats the whole world as an art gallery. It encourages others to bring their own city to life in ways only they can imagine."

This week, a yarnbomb was dropped on a neglected stairwell overlooking the river near Lovell’s Wharf.

Rudolph Van Graan, who lives in Millenium Village, North Greenwich, also spied a string of street art pieces which brightened up his regular walk along the Thames Path six weeks ago.

The 38-year-old said: "I was pondering the meaning of life and suchlike when I suddenly realised that something was very different.

"They were on that part of the Thames pathway on the way to the academy - it becomes quite dodgy around there.

"I hadn’t seen it two days before - I thought who would go to all this effort? I just found more and more of these things.

"It definitely cheered me up. It isn’t a nice walk there - people not cleaning up - just finding those made it so much better."

This Is Local London: Subversive knitting art on Thames Path

Knit the City - one of whose workers is said to operate out of a Deptford art studio - boasts stitch-ups such as a woolly phone box in Parliament Square.

For more information and upcoming workshops and bootcamps visit knitthecity.com

Do you know who the sneaky stitchers in Greenwich are? Get in touch and send in any photos to strotter@london.newsquest.co.uk

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:04pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Quiver Full says...

As the labels state; this is the work of Greenwich Guerilla Knitters, so why does the author suggest it might be another group?
As the labels state; this is the work of Greenwich Guerilla Knitters, so why does the author suggest it might be another group? Quiver Full
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree