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Guerrilla knitting by 'yarn-archists' comes to Crewe
Seven short multi-coloured scarves on a lamp-post
Seven short multi-coloured scarves were left overnight on a lamp-post

In what could be the first example of its kind in the area, Crewe has had its first guerrilla knitting 'attack'.

Guerrilla knitting is described as a comment on the urban experience, as knitted items are put up anonymously in a public space.

Seven hand-knitted scarves have been found attached to a town-centre lamp-post in Crewe in south Cheshire.

Though it is not clear who left them there or why, knitter Deadly Knitshade said it has the guerrillas' hallmarks.

Yarn-bombing

Also known as yarn-bombing, urban knitting and yarn-storming, the guerrilla knitting movement is often secret and has no platform.

According to Deadly Knitshade, who runs the Whodunnknit website based in London and who wrote the book Knit The City, its practitioners are having a bit of fun, but also doing it because they love their hobby.

Speaking to BBC Radio Stoke, she said: "There's no real reason for it. It's just a bit more of a challenge than jumpers and scarves that are just for home... you leave it out there and it has an adventure of its own!"

In other parts of the country, the knitted items have been architecture-specific. Commuters have woken up to find pillar boxes decorated in knitted jackets. Because it is not defacing, it has also been referred to as 'inoffensive graffiti'.

Not just a British phenomenon, it has followers across Europe.

Activists, who prefer to be anonymous, are sometimes known as yarn-archists.

Crewe

The latest example appeared in Crewe's Lyceum Square, where it was noticed by a local blogger.

Seven scarves, each lightly attached to each other, were found wrapped round a lamp-post.

Speaking to the BBC, many passers-by said they were baffled by it.

No-one has yet claimed responsibility.




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