Magda Sayeg has been knitting since she was a kid, but it wasn’t until 2005 that she knit her first graffiti: a small cozy for the door handle of her Houston boutique. Soon after, she founded Knitta (Knitta, Please!), the knit graffiti group credited with spawning the international yarn bombing movement.
Knitta group, is known for wrapping public architecture (lampposts, parking meters, telephone poles, and signage, as well as trees, sculptures) with knitted or crocheted material. It is also called ‘knit bombing’, ‘knit graffiti’, ‘yarn storming‘ or ‘yarnbombing’. The mission is to make street art « a little more warm and fuzzy and to cause an uproar ».
After Knitta, the practice has spread especially in Eastern Europe and England. ‘Knit the City’ (KTC) was the first guerilla knitting collective to be founded in London in 2009.
Sources: Magda Sayeg. Knit the City