Wednesday, November 28, 2012

transparency and media, b and b's among other observations

Alexander Wong sandels, ecomodista's one exception to buying vintage, they're so faux orthotic!

ecomodista does not facebook, nor does she wear logos, primarily wears vintage and handmade knits, not only her own (if only she could finish her Ruth Sørensen sweater!). In fact, ecomodista advocates the movement whereby consumers, not just fashion bloggers, are paid by designers such as Channel to wear their clothing and accessories.

As always control and patrol your closet by knitting, sewing, and consuming only vintage when possible. If consumers reduce consumption, political entities will have no choice but to develop jobs restoring the earth's environment, planting trees, protecting what wildlife is left, creating sustainable industries, and building an infrastructures that may cope with large scale storms resulting from climate change. The hurricane in the NE has finally forced NYC to explore various technologies to cope with flooding as the seas rise. The very fact that Mayor of NYC, Michael Bloomberg supported President Obama's reëlection on the basis of the administration's environmental stance, says it all.

Surprisingly, fashion blogging is often supported by corporate largesse if not payroll, and has finally been tackled on the Business of Fashion and in the New York Times. As Ruth La Ferla reports, seeding new or long-established designer labels into the street style mix "is a new way of doing PR." She interviewed Daniel Saynt, CEO of Socialyte, and director of social media campaigns for Burberry among others.

see: http://www.businessoffashion.com/2012/09/op-ed-fashion-blogging-has-a-transparency-problem.html
Photograph: White House B & B in Canterbury, UK

ecomodista does not accept payment or advertising for any endorsements. So what on earth is a gorgeous B & B in Canterbury doing here? The wonderful White House B & B housed me while I was working in the UK in May, paid by me accordingly. Contrary to what one might believe, ecomodista despises B & B's, ever since staying in teddy bear hell (I do love teddy bears, but 127 filling a room, on the fireplace mantle, in the bathroom?) I have refused to stay in a B & B since. However, when one is working compromises are necessary. The White House is hardly a compromise, the house is beautifully designed, and the housekeeping immaculate, and extremely well managed. Breakfast was superb.
Photograph: White House B & B in Canterbury, UK

I was working in Canterbury photographing a breeder and her Gypsy Cobs. Photographing horses and the Royal Windsor Horse Show is a departure for ecomodista, but if you are interested see "From the Horse's Mouth" at aRUDE Magazine, edited by the always stylish Ike Ude.

See: http://www.arudemag.com/from-the-horses-mouth/




Tuesday, November 27, 2012

still talking horseshoe cables, and bobbles too

Photograph: Anna Dudzinska, Unknown Campaign A/W 12/13

Anna Dudzinska, a Polish designer trained at Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design, Poland. Anna's collections often include wonderful knits. Her work has been described as a avant-garde meets street. Dudzinska is influenced by deconstruction, modern architecture, and interior design. She also designs  RTW collections recognized as FASH.LAB. Her latest mini collection FASH.LAB#2 had a premiere on the exhibition in Galerie Joseph, Paris. Dudzinska participates in Poland's Fashion Week among other venues.

see: http://dud-zin-ska.com/collections


Photograph: Myrza de Muynck sweater with cabled sleeves

Myrza de Muynck is a Dutch designer and a recent graduate from the MA Fashion program at Central Saint Martins London. Fusing sportswear influences, think sweatshirts, with vintage couture from the 1920's Muynck's work is feminine with hand worked details (think sweatshirts again). Using the palest pastels with flashes of brights, the garments combine old with new, casual with chic.
She was chosen as Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s One’s to Watch AW12-13 which enabled her to present on the catwalk at Covent Garden Freemasons’ hall in London as well as participating in Paris.
Myrza's S/S 2013 collection was again scouted by Vauxhall Fashion Scout and continues her hand worked embroidery and prints. Part Flapper and part Punk Riot grrrl, her new collection takes inspiration from women’s individuality through music, and maintains her tomboy femininity elegance. The silhouettes are inspired by 19 teens swimwear and early Egyptomania combined with the attitude of a Riot Grrl. Using summery linen, poplin cotton and towelling printed with checks and hand embroidered beads and sequins.


Sunday, November 25, 2012


pattern for homage a Isabel Marant, honestly you won't ever have to hear about this pullover again

Size: Small (medium pattern possibly soon, but then ecomodista still needs to size the Noro Gansey...)


Yarn: Karabella Aurora Bulky and Aurora or wool/camel out of stock but one may substitute Classic Elite's Kumara, a medium weight yarn spun from wool and camel or the now scarce Debbie Bliss Fex yarn. Rowan Felted Tweed Chunky, Rowan Purelife Renew, Debbie Bliss Riva; Rowan Tweed Aran could be mixed with solids from Debbie Bliss or Classic Elite Ariosa wool and cashmere yarn using Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran in exchange for the Rowan Linen Print, although scrounging on eBay may net some vintage yarn, but after all it's more important to use odds and ends, leftovers from previous projects. 

Gauge: 3.3 stitches per inch measured over 4 inches 5 rows per inch measured over 4 inches


color A: navy 
color B: Rowan linen print
color C: dark olive
color D: cobalt blue 
color E: mauve
color F: acid green
color G: jade


Cast on #11 circular needles 112 stitches, with color A navy k 3 p 2 ribbing for 4 rows, divide garment into half and mark each half, further identifying the beginning of the garment so that stitches may be counted for the various rows and clearly mark each side at stitch 1 - 56 and 57 - 112 on each side.

change to color B Rowan linen print (leave both ends out of the 2 colors, about 3 or 4 inches and continue this practice every time a color is changed) for almost 3 rows, at 42 stitches change to color C olive green 3 rows, then begin 4th row, at 22nd stitch on back be certain to leave 3 inch tail for each color change change to color D sky blue, around 1 row stopping at stitch 24 on the front side, begin color A  knit for 7 rows on front changing to color E at stitch 55 in back at stitch 22; change to color B for 2 rows ant to stitch 38 in front; begin color F, for 4 rows, at 5th row in front stitch 5, change to color D for almost 1 row, at stitch 42 on back, change to color C for 3 rows, on 4th row in front, at stitch 52, change to color B on second row in front of this color, at stitch number 19, change to color G on row number 4 in the back, at stitch number 9, change to color A for  7 rows, changing to color B in the front at stitch number 30, change to color B for 2 rows changing color in back to color E, for almost 2 rows. 

In front change to color C at stitch number 43 for almost 5 rows, ( at third row divide garment into two sides and knit stockinette rows) changing in front to color D at stitch number 8 almost i row, changing color in back to color F at stitch number 51. Knit 5 rows in acid green then change to color G at stitch number 5 in back, knit almost 5 rows, change to color B on row five at stitch number 14 in the back. Knit for almost 3 rows, changing to color A on an edge. On 5th row in front change to color C, purling the row for 28 stitches on front, and on row 4, change to color B at stitch number 14 begin ribbing, begin with 4 knit stitches, 2 purl then 3 knit 2 purl until last 4 stitches, then p 2, k 4 for 5 rows then bind off on wrong side with knit stitch. Repeat for other side in this manner: on fifth row of color C, change to color D at stitch number 9, to end of row, and change to color F, knit for 4 rows until stitch number 47 changing to color G remembering to leave 3 inch tails at color changes that occur. On row 5 of color F at stitch number 17 change to color B, knit in stockinette 2 rows then change at en of row 2 to color A, knit for 5 rows at row 6 stitch number 28 purl on the front side (if on the wrong side of textile, knit stitch instead of purl to create the purls. Knit 4 row, then change to color B, ribbing begins with k 4 (if on right side reverse for wrong side) p 2, then k3 p2 until last 6 stitches, p 2 k 4. Bind off with purl stitch if on right side, knit if on wrong side.

Using 3 needle technique pick up 14 stitches on one shoulder side of front & back, knit together.

Pick up sleeve stitches by picking up each stitch under sleeve on one side to row number 12, picking up every other stitch (6 stitches) then pick up every stitch for sleeve including the 1 shoulder seam stitch, knit one round on second round, decrease on either side of top row, by k 2 tog k 1 ssk then continue; on 4th round repeat. on 5th round on the back of sleeve, change to color E, on this row make decreases on either side of the under side of sleeve, k2  ssk, and last 4 stitches k 2tog k 2rows; decrease every other row until 42 stitches remain. Change color at row 3 on front at stitch 7 (be certain to mark top and halfway underneath arm) to color G for 4 rows, changing color on row 4 (of this color) stitch number 8 on the front of garment to color A on row 6 on the back, stitch number 14, change to color F for 4 rows, change on front to color D. Begin color C k for 5 rows on back of garment change to color E 6 stitches from middle of under arm. on front 2 stitches from middle under arm change to color B one row, the bind off in k stitch. Repeat for other side.

Work ends, if any that are not intentional into stitches.

Thursday, October 18, 2012


must be the season of the horseshoe cable stitch
Photo: Belstaff advert spread Vogue, September 2012 

Even Clare Waight Keller has included this stitch in her S/S 2013 collection for Chloe, what did ecomodista do with that spread? While it may be more exciting to work in Paris, I loved the innovative knits she designed for the venerable Pringle label. Chloé was founded by Gaby Aghion in 1952, and was the first to produce luxury prêt-à-porter in the 1950's. Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney and Phoebe Philo have designed for Chloé over the past 2 decades. Waight Keller designed a cream sweater with small horseshoe cables, and another beautiful sweater this season, is knit with a heavy marled wool, in a zig zag basket weave stitch on the chunky bodice.  


Photograph: Waight Keller for Chloé no horseshoe cable here...

Belstaff, began producing technical sports wear for pilots and motorycyclists at Stoke-on-Trent, England in 1924. Founders Eli Belovitch and Harry Grosberg developed a waxed cotton among other textiles while their leather jackets were popularized by iconoclastic actor, Steve McQueen and legendary revolutionary, Che Guevara. Guevara wore the Trialmaster jacket on his motorcycle journey in Latin America (see the film, The Motorcycle Diaries http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0318462/) Waxed cotton is no longer in evidence, at least in their advert spread in Vogue's September issue. Instead models loll about in sleek leather jackets and sumptuously chunky cashmere sweaters, especially the most stunning pullover with one massive horseshoe cable centered and running up each sleeve. 

Belstaff created the jacket worn by Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Aviator." Their jackets have also appeared in "Ocean's Twelve," and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." American, Martin Cooper, Belstaff's chief creative director finds immerses himself in the company's archives, and having worked at Burberry prior to this position, he understands the allure of British heritage. "I did rediscover the brand through the archive, those iconic garments from the twenties onwards," he says. "I wanted a holistic approach for both sexes, and 80 percent of the concepts are the same for the men's and womenswear."
Photo: Belstaff advert spread Vogue, September 2012 

Where oh where could one find such chunky cashmere wool? Perhaps Rowan's Big Wool, except ecomodista has a problem with it losing its loft in hand laundering, and although she recently threw a Marni cardigan into the dryer for 5 minutes to "firm it up," it's doubtful that Big Wool would do anything other than drastically shrink given such treatment.





Monday, September 10, 2012

waste not sweater again

above: Waste Not sweater


Pattern for Waste Not sweater, an homage to Isabel Marant's S/S Ready to Wear 2012 collection will be posted soon, and yes, ecomodista remembers she must post medium and large sizes patterns for the Noro Gansey as well. Waste Not is really fun to knit because there are no mistakes to be made, you choose whatever leftover yarns are lying around as long as the gauge is similar, approximately 7 or 8 skeins for the small size, no ends to be woven in and it's knit in the round with a simple bateau neck.You may be wondering if this is the only neckline I know, or if it's an aesthetic preference. I adore bateau necklines, and don't often find one in commercially produced clothing. Easily modified, the body and sleeves may be longer or any length desirable. In fact, the only difficulty knitting this, is deciding where to place beginnings and endings of color changes. The merest purling appears near the ribbing for the neck/shoulder. Just in case you're not fond of wandering about the wilderness without a pattern, you may follow mine, one day soon.

As the commitment to slow clothing  and sustainable living gains adherents, one does wonder what the economic impact may be, since consumer spending accounts for approximately 65% of the US economy. How could the economy survive if everyone became an environmental asetic? One need only look around the highways and roads in our country to see the parallel trails of rubbish drivers and passengers leave behind. Environmental remediation is critical both on land and sea, which in itself could create  jobs employment. 


Elke Duerr's design for laptop case using recycled plastic bags

One  proponent of slow clothing, Elke Duerr, practices as a speech pathologist, but also makes films about wildlife policy and knits. Duerr has knit since she was 5. Her family are organic farmers in Germany, near what was once the border of the DDR (German Democratic Republic, a Soviet satellite) and West Germany. Duerr is one of my role models, being extremely thrifty and a firm believer in reduce reuse recycle. In fact, this past year she has not purchased any clothing, instead knitting or sewing what she needs. She took a sewing class to learn tailoring and produced a beautiful coat. This has inspired me to consider doing the same in 2013.


Elke carrying laptop bag from recycled plastic bags

Duerr has formed the Web of Life foundation (IRS status 501 C3) to support efforts to change wildlife policies, both in the US and Europe. Her film, Stories of Wolves: The Lobo Returns, traces the policies resulting from the 1973 US federal Endangered Species Act. It has been screened n the US and Europe. In an interview with a reporter for New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, she states, “I’m interested in solutions, instead of [appropriating blame]...” Attending university in Munich then Germany's film capital, many of her friends were film makers.

To raise funds ethically for her foundation, Duerr intends to sell not coffee mugs and other consumer items that ultimately damage the environment either in the production or waste but instead knitting patterns for recycled yarn, created by cutting spiral strips from plastic shopping bags. Ironically, the use of "disposable" shopping bags is increasing in the EU just as we are beginning to eschew them in favor of reusable bags and totes in the US.


ecomodista loves these links for knitting or weaving w/recycles: 

w/recycles: http://www.weavezine.com/summer2008/wz_su08_JanaTrent.php



Sunday, August 26, 2012

marant inspired pullover

photograph above: body of Marant inspired pullover, back, granted very little difference from the front; note diagonal specs of sun beam, but wouldn't that be lovely to embroider? photograph below: front of pullover

After making the gauge sample, ecomodista cast on, pattern will be available once it is finished. Knit in the round, since we do want this to be loose, without purl stitches on each side. Normally, when knitting stripes in the round, I slip the first stitch on the row following the row on which color is changed, a jogless stripe in other words, but since the stripes end is various places, basically where I want the ends to be dangling, this technique isn't necessary. The Marant pullover should be fun to knit, and economical, the yarns simply need to have a similar gauge. The shape is cropped with shorter sleeves that those in the S/S 2012 collection, but once I post the pattern, it should be easily adapted to longer body, any length of sleeves, etc. and if one errs in ending stripes and needs those yarn ends for simply aesthetic reasons, they can easily be tied on. Experimented with knotting the two yarn ends, but it was too lumpy, so this sweater may be more delicate as a result. Made a bateau neck, yes yes, it is my favorite neckline at the moment...Will finish soon and photograph with pattern. If you have already made a gauge sample, do send photos for me to post, try to align stripes correctly (it's difficult which is why I often use images diagonally), my architectural photography past continues to haunt my aesthetics. ecomodista stretched the body on a banker's carton lid to make as straight as possible, not perfect but always attempting to be!

Friday, August 10, 2012

swatching marant

After Anonymous contacted me about how one might create a Marant inspired sweater, ecomodista realized she must make one, knit in the round, from the neck down. First a swatch must be created. What I love about the S/S 2012 Marant knits is the casual, almost raggedy feel to these deconstructions. Why not use whatever odds and ends are lying around?

Note to self, must must must sell excess yarns on etsy, at my studio there are no leftovers, just overambitious skeins awaiting creation. I have a collection of Classic Elite Kumara yarn wool with 15% camel in various colors, but predominantly navy blue and a dark spinach green, which integrates well with stripes of Rowan's Linen Print, using #11 American size needles, although Classic Elite suggests #9. This swatch provides 4 stitches per inch or 16 stitches over 4 inches/10 cm and 19 rows. This may be too loose for a sweater knit in the round, even if one does create faux seams on each side, but to attain a similar slouchy look, it works. It never hurts to re-swatch with a smaller needle, to see how the textile will drape. When i cast on, will update this project, and will try to get medium and large sizings on this + the Noro gansey. 



Monday, June 18, 2012

dilemma: one can't afford a Marant, one knows how to knit...

Just received this comment regarding Isabel Marant's wonderful sweaters: "Nice post!! I love it. Where I could find a pattern to make it on my own?? Thanks in advance. Pau"

Knitters have a dilemma, one might look at a sweater and see how it's made then knit one in a similar manner. ecomodista sees designs she covets, but of course because of our intellectual property laws, which are actually much more stringent and protective in the EU than the US, one can not infringe. However, it's certainly possible to be inspired by designers and allow that to influence one's designs. The primary caveat, is that these may only be made for one's personal consumption, the moment a pattern or actual copy is sold, then copyright infringement is an issue. Sometimes, I post exciting new designs to stimulate thought. In the case of Marant, the lesson seems to be stay looser, use larger needles, don't worry about yarns, use up odds and ends, and never never work the yarn ends in, allow them to dangle and become part of the design. See: http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/spring-summer-2012/ready-to-wear/isabel-marant


Thursday, April 19, 2012

isabel marant: deconstructing the knit

American Vogue, April 2012 included a spread on the latest IT girl, but more importantly, enveloping Abby Lee Kershaw's torso was a divine marant sweater, amusingly parodying the stranding or Fair Isle technique seen in the previous year's D & G winter prêt-à-porter, being reversed in patches surrounded by stockinette. 

Marant focused on knits and jersey for her initial collections, Twen, in the late 1980's evolving into the wildly successful Isabel Marant label in 1994.


From Marant's Spring/Summer 2012 collection there were numerous sweaters embodying deconstruction:





 detail & runway images from marant's S/S 2012 collection




Friday, March 2, 2012

ecomodista's noro gansey pattern

Having read so much about ganseys, one of the qualities appealing to ecomodista is the same front and back,  originally designed this way so that wear could be evened out over two sides instead of one. ecomodista continues to be enamoured with Rowan's Kidsilk Haze, originally because it allowed her to use a larger needle size when combining it with another yarn, then the haze offered so much more warmth, she was smitten. The haze also softened the color transitions of Noro. This pattern is for a simple gansey without the various traditional stitch patterns. Soon another, more traditional Aran gansey pattern will be posted. If you encounter any problems, do contact me.

ecomodista’s Noro/Kidsilk Haze Gansey Pattern: 

Materials: circular needle: #6 8 skeins Noro Silk Garden Lite together w/5 skeins Kidsilk Haze Trance (color A) & 2 skeins, Ella Rae Camelino or similar yarn (color B)

Gauge: 6 stitches to the inch measured over 4 inches & 7 rows to the inch measured over 4 inches, to obtain an accurate gauge, one should knit sample in the round

Pattern below is for Small size (which is why it's short and tight on Megan above) working on Medium and Large size instructions. Thank you, Sara for mentioning the lack of sizing on first posting of pattern!

Cast on 158 stitches w/color B 

Continue color B, ribbing k2 p2 for 9 rows, then change to color A, combining one yarn Rowan Kidsilk Haze and one strand Noro Silk Garden Lite, use 2 skeins of color A mixture, so that after the first round of color in Noro,one may continue that color making stripes wider, best to carry it up the middle stitch in the back; mark sides at 1st stitch and 79th stitch; after 32 rows begin decrease by k2, SSK. Knit to last 4 stitches on front, k2tog, k2, on back k 2 SSK then knit to last 4 stitches, k2tog k 2. Decrease every 8th row. 

After 6 decreases (60 rows), knit 9 rows then begin increases next row and increase every other row (x 5) by: k 2 kk m 1 knitting in front & back of stitch, knit to last 3 stitches on front, continue increases on back of garment in same manner. Knit one more row in stockninette in the round then separate front & back, continue stockinette to shoulder stockinette, 30 rows + or -, then change to color B. There should be 88 stitches on needle, begin ribbing w/k3 p 2, k 2 p3 to last 3 stitches, k3 repeat another 7 rows, bind off in stitch pattern, repeat on back. To finish shoulders turn inside out and knit w/3 needles 25 stitches, continue across neck w/crochet until reaching 25 stitch mark, then repeat 3 needle knitting on other side for bateau neckline. 

Create sleeves by picking up stitches around arm with yarn A, and begin sleeve. after 4 rows begin decreases the same mnner as on body of sweater, every 6th row until left with 40 stitches, continue until sufficiently long (20 - 30 rows), then add ribbing of k2 p3 for 9 rows, bind off w/purl stitch.



Thursday, February 9, 2012

civilized disobedience part 2


above,  Marianne Joergensen's Protest in Pink, photograph: courtesy Marianne Joergensen a World War II combat tank protesting the war in Iraq covered with 4000 pink squares knit by numerous participants in Denmark, other EU countries, and the US 

Isabel Berglund, notorious Danish artist whose collaboration with KKart is known for her whimsical knit sculptures, such as Woman's Chair and Hidden Object on a Knit (below). Guerilla knitters often criticize public policies, such as war or the lack of a coherent response to a sustainable future globally.The sterility of urban landscapes dominated by corporate advertising is a major issue that yarn bombers everywhere address. That and whimsy, such as Night Knit Pixie's work in Kilmarnock, Scotland. Knitting such statements as tiny pyramids at Giza to bring attention to an exhibition of an Egyptian mummy. NKP is so popular, that Kilamarnock's official web site includes this knitter as a local attraction. Perhaps that's why Angela Jolie and Brad Pitt visited. Anyway, ecomodista supposes the town has never had this level of publicity since the decline of the knit and felted Kilmarnock bonnet industry in the late 18th century.

above: Isabel Berglund's Hidden Object on a Knit 2009 see: http://www.isabelberglund.dk/node/8
http://www.visitkilmarnock.com/news/kilmarnock-yarnbomber-photo-gallery/


Photograph: Ute Lennartz-Lembeck
Founder of the German knitting graffiti group B-Arbeiten, Ute Lennartz-Lembeck has addressed this issue in the Westphalian town of Velbert where she teaches art. Instead of sad, B-Arbeiten decided a colorful, smiling weeping willow looks chic in a colorful sweater. Rings of multi-colored yarn hug the trunk, as one journalist described it, looks like a giant package Lifesavers. This project The Parable of the Tree, is refers to a 1924 lecture at the Jena Kunstverein when an art lecturer "compared (modern) artists with a tree, based in the world of phenomena so well that he can arrange all appearances, the flow towards him as if by the roots of a tree." Knit graffiti appears on bridges, signposts, statues, bicycles parks and rails, to name just a few options.
see: http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,763843,00.html
and Lennartz-Lembeck's site documenting her Trauerweide project:
http://web.me.com/utelennartzlembeck/utelennartzlembeck/Die_Trauerweide/Die_Trauerweide.html


Photograph: Ute Lennartz-Lembeck
Alison Kilian interviewed Lennartz-Lembeck, who was  inspired by urban art in Berlin that she decided to create projects for Remscheid, Germany, where she lives. "It's about words and art, putting art in an open space and not necessarily a museum," she says of B-Arbeiten's work. B-Arbeiten is a parody of  "bearbeiten," which means to edit or alter, perfect for their actions dressing trees, and making other sculptures.
Familiar with a Knitting Nancy? In german Strickliesel, a toy to teach children knitting, and the name of  another German group of graffiti artists, Strick & Liesel was created. Concerned about nuclear power, their work has had had an impact on political figures and Parliament--this past year, the Germans decided to phase out nuclear power. Working from Dortmund, Strick & Liesel protect their identity because as we know Germany is wonderfully manicured, and such actions do constitute civil disobediance, perhaps even criminal.
for work in Malmo, Sweden see: 
Malmo, Sweden see: http://garnkonst.blogspot.com
more German yarn graffiti:


http://strickbombe.blogspot.com/2011/06/i-like-international-yarnboming-day.html


the Swedish site: 
http://stickkontakt.blogspot.com/ has wonderful documentation of yarnbombing  


a Hungarian site:   http://kovalenskotes.blogspot.com/2011_05_01_archive.htm


and the Czech Republic see: http://www.streetartutopia.com/?p=5288#more-5288

Monday, January 16, 2012

civilized disobedience part 1

below: one of Knit the City's projects in London, image courtesy of Lauren O'Farrell

 


The majority of knitters who practice civilized disobedience prefer anonymity, apparently officials don't distinguish between knit work embellishing a bridge and spray painted graffiti. In the UK, groups espousing knittivism or craftism, a form of militant knitting activity, use knitting in mass demonstrations or urban interventions. Knit the City Yarn Corps,  integrates knittivism with the Japanese art of amigurumi, or tiny knit figures. Comprised of Lauren “Deadly Knitshade” O’Farrell among others, the cartel operates “from a secret underground wool-lined bunker in the heart of the busy metropolis of London... In our formative days each of us were beckoned into shady underground doorways by our mysterious hooded mentor. There we were relentlessly trained in ways of the yarnstorm...” Members of the Knit the City Yarn Corps, even unaffiliated Twitter knitters gather for yarn actions, knitting a revolution one stitch at a time. Knit the City has various books, see:http://www.whodunnknit.com/books/ www.knitthecity.com 

Magda Sayeg, the 36-year-old Texan credited with inventing yarn-bombing in 2005, may have been the first, but ever since I've lived in NYC the Gandhi statue in Union Square wears a wool scarf in winter, varying from year to year, granted it wasn't until late in the 90's that the scarf was hand knit, by whom, who knows. Anyway, Sayeg knit a yarn cozy for the front door handle of her boutique, and had such a positive response, that she conceived of using knitting to tag public spaces. "To my surprise it caught the attention of people passing by my store. So I decided to go out and tag things in the urban environment and that's when I really saw the reaction. People were getting out of their cars and taking pictures, which was really seductive for me."

Yarn bombing, graffitistrickbombe, yarn storming, strickguerilla, has become a popular art form, and worldwide, knitters have been using this medium for aesthetic and political purposes, garnering the attention of the press and public. Marianne Joergensen's pink tank cozy protested the war in Iraq.  Even the august Economist featured an article about yarn storming actions to protest nuclear energy and nuclear power's future in Germany following the disastrous 2011 tsunami that virtually destroyed the Fukushima plant north of Tokyo. see:http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2011/04/yarn_bombing




above: yarn shop in Gothenberg, Sweden, Deisy, adorns the scaffolding with knit.below: Finnish designer, Sara Palojärvi constantly takes action such as this recent project:

Even a flicker site http://www.flickr.com/groups/1000721@N23/ devoted to knit graffitti or yarn bombing  features worldwide participants including this adorable automobile cozy see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/claudelondon/6323352698/in/pool-1000721@N23/