Phantom Knitter of Earley drops new 'yarn bomb'By Mike Pyle
June 19, 2012
The Phantom Knitter of Earley has struck again – this time by ‘yarn-bombing’ a roundabout with decorative guerilla knitting.
As revealed in the Reading Post last month, the knitter, whose identity is still unknown, has been festooning parts of Earley and Woodley with homemade graf-knit-i for several weeks and has now decorated the roundabout in Kenton Road.
The most recent incident coincided with Worldwide Knit In Public Day (WWKIP Day) – a week-long initiative which launched on Saturday and encourages wool fans to spend a day together knitting in public.
Reading art group jelly has been taking part in WWKIP Day for several years and has its own group of renegade knitters called the Outcasts, although jelly director Suzanne Stallard said she could not comment on whether the Phantom Knitter of Earley was involved.
The knitter contacted Ms Stallard as they carried out the attack by emailing: “It’s dull, it’s broken, it’s flower-less. 6.34am :-). Destination: a round-about on kenton road, situated between silverdale rd and the Wokingham rd. It’s now yarn-bombed.”
Ms Stallard said: “Yarn bombing is done with good intention and every time I see something it makes me smile. Often the pieces go on to be adopted by people who see them and there is something lovely about that too.”
The Outcasts have some of their work, which includes knitted dolls of Reading FC player Jimmy Kebe, the Queen and Reading comic Ricky Gervais, on display at Reading Museum.
To find out more about jelly visit www.jelly.org.uk or go to the Handmade at The Oracle stand in the shopping centre near Boots any day from 11.30am to 2.30pm.