If you find yourself in East Greenwich towards the river side, and have your wits about you, you might notice that the trees are wrapped in cosies made of fair isle, or the bollards have crocheted hats on. Further on you might notice that some not so gorgeous buildings have been given the yarn treatment and have gorgeous crocheted decorations covering their doors or just brightening up otherwise empty walls.
This is the work of the Guerrilla Knitters Greenwich, whose project aims to pretty up some of the uglier looking fences and buildings in an area which is currently, slowly being regenerated (and which has for a while now been and looked a bit of a building site).
It was my good mother who first alerted me to this, when out walking the dogs last month when it first turned cold. A whole line of bollards were decorated with cosies (see below).
A few days later when I went to look, only this one remained
Today there are none. They are obviously so popular with some people that they feel they ought to take them home with them. An urban knitter always knows that his/her work may only be there for a short time.
I had never heard of guerrilla knitting (or yarn bombing) before, but it happens across the world in Europe, America and Australia and seemed to begin back in around 2004/2005. Evolving from using up old bits of yarn, it is now a creative way to either improve an area, or an artist’s form of expression or social commentary.
Classified as a form of graffiti, guerrilla knitting is officially an offence, so the groups remain relatively anonymous.
I have however been granted special permission to attribute this wonderful work to the GKG (thank you GKG!) and I really hope nobody sees fit to prosecute.
So, what do you think? Do you like or not like?
Please enjoy my photographs below and for more details and fab photographs of pieces (or pieces of pieces!) I wasn’t quick enough to see, look at the GKG links here:
GKG on twitter: https://www.twitter.com/GKGreenwich
GKG on pinterest: http://pinterest.com/gkgreenwich/pins/
If you like knitting or crocheting and want to meet people in the area (if you are near to Greenwich) then you ought to check out the Knitting Night at the Pelton Arms:
Pelton Knitters on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/262679687422/ and if you are a member of Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitting-night-at-the-pelton
I’m definitely going to pop in to the Pelton to see if I can learn how to make a bollard cosy. While I’m at it I might even order myself a festive half of lager.
Latest photographs of cosy pillars and posts in the area (but they’ll be gone by now).