Britain's Telegraph newspaper has delivered a SHOCKING exposé of the seedy underbelly of the craft graffiti subculture. Extreme Craft's been following these degenerates like Knitta Please! for years now, but they've finally broken through into the mainstream. For the record, here is their take on the ur-moment of knit graffiti's birth:
The craze is thought to have been dreamed up by clothes shop owner Magda Sayeg, 35, from Texas in the US.
She set up the website Knitta Please, which started off as a group for frustrated knitters who didn't know what to do with their half-finished jumpers and scarfs and so started putting them over door handles.
The craze quickly took off with Mrs Sayeg's most outlandish project being the bus.
"I was sat in my shop one afternoon and decided to do something to brighten up the place," she said.
"I looked at the door handle and decided to knit a small cosy for it.
"It drew a lot of attention after I put it on the door with people asking what it was all about.
"I called a friend later that night and explained an idea to her about using old knitting to graffiti things in the street.
"She had started knitting a baby blanket so gave it to me so I could wrap it around a 'stop' sign just outside my window.
"There was such a reaction to it. People were stopping their cars, scratching their heads and taking photographs.
"That is when I realised that I wanted to do more so set up the group."
The "Raised in Craftivity" show at the Wignall Museum in Rancho Cucamonga sports some pretty great (albeit sanctioned) examples of knit graffiti outside of the museum. Young minds are being warped. If the knitting vandals could actually knit with SILLY STRING, that would take things back to their spray can roots.
LINK thanks Gretchen!