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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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