Yarn-bombing craze spreading across the UK

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Guerrilla knitting is no longer a practice dedicated to only the most rebellious of crafters.

Instances of yarn-bombing are cropping up all around the country, with virtually no county left untouched by graffiti knitting.

Mystery artists have launched a crafty assault on Stone in Staffordshire recently, yarn-bombing a sign welcoming visitors to the town.

Colourful bunting was draped from a sign on the canal towpath by an unknown woolly assailant, the Staffordshire Newsletter reports, however it's already proving quite a hit with the locals.

With the recent UK rainstorms, hanging baskets and flower beds might be less successful this year, meaning it could be up to guerrilla knitters to help brighten up town centres and personalise public space.

One resident who was over the moon about the new knitted additions to Stone was Helen Blakemore, a shop worker at Stafford's Knits and Needles, who also admitted to the newspaper that she enjoyed dabbling in the odd bit of yarn-bombing herself.

She said: "I think it's wonderful really and there needs to be more of it done.

"There's not a lot to smile about these days and if you can find a way to put a smile on people's faces you should take it. Knitters need to pick up their needles, find a public area and do as much yarn-bombing as possible," Ms Blakemore went on to say.

The Stone yarn-bomber is still at large, but not all guerrilla knitters shy away from the public eye.

Street artist and international yarn-bomber Olek has started a bit of a cult after arriving in Britain to mark the second annual yarn-bombing day on June 11th.

Travelling around the UK in a neon pink crochet-covered taxi she took a trip around the country, where she left examples of guerrilla knitting along the way, including brightly-coloured crocheted morph suits for Antony Gormley's iron men sculptures on Crosby beach in Merseyside.

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