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  • Graffiti knitting with Magda Sayeg: S&B Londoners guerrilla knit the South Bank

    Posted by Deadly Knitshade on March 1, 2009

    Friday the 20th of February. 10am. London’s South Bank. A gaggle of slightly nervous fledgling guerrilla knitters assemble in the Royal Festival Hall. Our mission, should we choose to accept it, is to yarn up the South Bank like it has never been yarned up before.

    Armed with knitted strips, tubes, and squares, a pocketful of fat tapestry needles, and a bellyfull of knitting grrrrrrr S&B Londoners got their guerrilla knit on in the fine company of Magda Sayek, guerrilla knitting Queen and founder of Knitta Please, and Perri Lewis from the Guardian.

    The lovely Miss Magda

    The lovely Miss Magda

    Madga wears her S&B London badge with pride

    Madga wears her S&B London badge with pride

    From the Royal Festival Hall, where we put the finishing touches to our yarnbomb components, we took off for St Paul’s, adding woolly grafitti as we went.

    Preparing for guerrillaness

    Preparing for guerrillaness

    The South Bank Skate Park

    A wave of knitting rolled over the South Bank Skate Park as we wrapped a railing in our finest colours.

    Woolly rail

    Woolly rail

    Magda gives knitting love to a lonely bike lock

    Magda gives knitting love to a lonely bike lock

    Stitching it up

    Stitching it up

    S&B Londoners throw themselves into guerrilla knitting

    S&B Londoners throw themselves into guerrilla knitting

    Later in the day: all part of the scenery

    Later in the day: all part of the scenery

    The London Pride Statue and Laurence Olivier Statue

    The chilly ladies of the London Pride statue caught our eye. The knitted bikini went down particularly well in the morning sunshine, and Sir Laurence got his leg warmed.

    Dressing the ladies

    Dressing the ladies

    Warmed leg

    Warmed leg

    Two knitty ladies

    Two knitty ladies

    Gabriel’s Wharf Sign Post

    Magda stopped to knittify a signpost in the shadow of the OXO Tower. The rest of us stood look out. No signposts were harmed in the making of this graffiti knit.

    Magda with Stitchettes Knitting Ninja and Deadly Knitshade

    Magda with Stitchettes Knitting Ninja and Deadly Knitshade

    Climbing for her art

    Climbing for her art

    In the shadow of the OXO Tower

    In the shadow of the OXO Tower

    The Tate Modern Bollards

    Very fitting that we made the outside of the Tate as arty as in the inside. The bollards lasted less than two hours. People had run off with two and unravelled half of one on the way back. Swines!

    Tate bollards to you

    Tate bollards to you

    Art in front of art gallery

    Art in front of art gallery

    Knightrider Street

    Across the bridge and we were down to four guerrillas. Magda told us that guerrilla knitting was getting much more popular in Europe. She felt a bit like the knitting David Hasselhof. What better place to give a little yarn love then?

    Knitrider

    Knitrider

    Colour co-ordinknition

    Colour co-ordinknition

    St Paul’s Cathedral

    St Paul’s was possibly our most controversial knit grafitti of the day. We pretty sure you’re allowed to do this to traffic beacon poles. But if anyone asks we were simply passing through when our knitting got frightened by a passing taxi horn and ran up the pole. What could we do?

    Not stopping traffic, honest

    Not stopping traffic, honest

    Fabulous

    Fabulous

    All in all it was a yarn-tastic day. We’d like to thank Magda and Perri for approaching us with a tiny idea that we helped turn into a knitting day to remember.

    For more takes on the day see blog posts of Purl Interrupted and Fingersandtoes. Hop along to the London: Guerrilla Knitting group on Flickr too.

    We hope you’ll all join us  in making your outside world a little bit knitter too. We bet you’ve already got a couple of places in mind…

    9 Responses to “Graffiti knitting with Magda Sayeg: S&B Londoners guerrilla knit the South Bank”

    1. beingbeatrice said

      Thats fantastic! By the look of it you guys had a great day! The photos look fab.

    2. Thanks. :) We had a fabulous day.

    3. Weird, wacky and wonderful. Good on yer!

    4. Hey – perhaps you should do a knitter twitter?

    5. We tweet constantly. :)

      http://twitter.com/SandBLondon

    6. dirk said

      Why does Magda look EXACTLY like I thought she would based upon her description as a trendy, rebellious, street artist. That hair, that clothing, those accessories. This woman has used her entire persona, indeed her entire life, to sell out and conform as hard as she possibly can, and then is applauded for being unique. This is the kind of hipster poser who made her own clothing back in high school. But she only knew how to make skirts, because being able to make any other item of clothing would involve actual skill. To Magda and and all those like her: Enjoy having lots of friends and fitting in. You’ve earned it!

      • Blimey. Someone needs to learn how to knit to add a little calm to their life.

        What exactly have you done to impress the world and allow you to cast aspersions on a lady you don’t really know? Let’s hear it.

    7. Knitty Gritty said

      knitting looks awesome fun! warming up the street furniture on a chilly day like this.

      Dirk – there’s no need for that, is there?

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