Here is an odd fact for you. One of the top 10 most common thing placed into a loft (normally via one of our dormer ladders) is knitting! Yarn, needles, half-finished jumpers a large portion of them seem to end up in the lofts and attics of quite a large number of people. But this blog today is not necessarily about the art of knitting it’s self, more who does the knitting. So just has been up that loft ladder? Maybe it was that stereotype granny. Or maybe it was some one far more serious…
Today we are off to somewhere most people would have never heard of, and belive us when we say “that is about to change.” Because this is Saltburn Pier,Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Cleveland,UK and it’s been attacked! Not by aliens or terrorists it’s been attacked by Guerrilla knitters and it’s not the first time!
If you strolled down the pier on Saturday you would have found it difficult not to notice pieces of brightly coloured knitting tied along the pier railing.
Welcome to guerrilla knitting. This is graffiti, but with yarn. It’s not something new – people have been doing it for years, all over the world – but Saltburn is extra special. Last October, they reported that a knitter, or knitters, had tried to pull the wool over the eyes of hundreds of visitors and residents by tying scarves and knitted figures to various parts of the town centre – to lamp-posts, railings, buildings and outside the library. Knitted teddy bears were also to be seen having a picnic on Marine Parade. But now the latest 50-yard long sports-themed (we are not allowed to mention the “O” word.) creation which has suddenly appeared on Saltburn Pier has stitched up the title as one of the longest scarves in the North-east. Scores of people have been doing a double-take at the “marathon” scarf as they walk along the historic pier.
Every few metres a different sport has been portrayed – from synchronised swimming to a cycling velodrome – each with their own little group of knitted athletes. What’s the point, though? “It’s about making people smile and bringing art out of the galleries so everyone can appreciate it,” is the comment of Magda Sayeg, one of the world’s most revered guerrilla knitters. Although we are not able to reveal the identity of the Saltburn yarn bombers we can confirm from a reliable source that this particular piece is the work of more than one individual and it has captivated everyone who has seen it.
And we can confirm that. It really does make you smile and whoever these people are they will be making the town famous year after year if they keep it up. So don’t go up those loft ladders and put all that knitting stuff away. Get it back down and join the Guerrilla knitters!!
Picture by saltburn-by-the-sea.blogspot.co.uk
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