The upside to numerous medical appointment driving: I’ve been in four different towns in three days. One of them was the infamous dog park town. Definitely breaks up the monotony, to drive all these places.
Knitters there have “tagged” a light post and a bicycle rack, by literally knitting around it. I look at the yellow bicycle rack cozy, and the red striped lamp-post warmer.
I resist the urge to shove my fist in the air and shout “Solidarity!”
There is an underground guerilla knitting cell here. I was a member.
We met secretly in each other’s homes, knitting our hearts out, without patterns.
Now THIS was knitting on the edge. We were tough, reveling in the gritty front line of no-holds-barred, full-bore, all out knitting. I knit my first pair of gloves here, starting at the wrist, and knitting up the hand, trying on as I went, deciding to *offset the thumbs.
*Translation: making a right and a left glove, because, if you look at your hands, they aren’t interchangeable, and the thumbs sit down and more toward the palm.
Nice to remember my glory rebel days, when knitting wasn’t a granny occupation, but an act of defiance, refusing to be owned by the corporate pattern companies.
Hey, everyone has to have their own comfort level at defying the status quo. Mine just happened to involve pointy sticks and string.
Odd. Yesterday, a different town had a public trash can “tagged” by a guerilla knitter. S/he presumably knitted around the can in the dark of night. Huh. It was right outside my favorite bookstore.
Today, more waiting in yet another town. I walked down to Starbucks to kill time, past the library, and was startled to see more knitted “tagging”.
Well. Who can argue with that sentiment? Not me!
I’m not sure if this is a local movement, or there is a bigger, more focused grass-roots movement, to protest or call for support, via Rebel Knitters. As far as I can tell, it’s been focused around…books…?
I wonder how dangerous it would be to contact my former cell…
Update: thanks to our wonderful commentors, we learn knitting is being used all over the world as a powerful protest tool. Some examples (click on photo for original site):
Knitted House and Landscape:
A bus in the UK:
It’s called guerilla knitting or “yarn bombing”, as crochet is often an easier tool to wrap things in. In fact, here’s a great blog on the subject:
Now pardon me, I have a knitted bus to catch before I miss the movement!