Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Guerilla knitters hit the Coronation Street set

The old Coronation Street set is being covered in knitted items thanks to members of the In Stitches knitting circle at the University of Manchester.

The MEN reports that guerilla knitters are decorating the street with knitted items including bees, trailing flowers and hanging baskets.  The group have been invited to ‘yarn bomb’ the old Quay Street set to bring some eye-catching new additions to the final few months of the Coronation Street tour which closes in December.

Charlie Hooson-Sykes, a 36-year-old executive assistant at the university, is the founder member of the group which began in 2011.

She said: “I wanted to meet other people who knitted and enjoyed crochet. With this project we are covering a post box and creating hanging baskets and randomly covering other things on the street.”

The art of yarn bombing, also known as guerilla knitting, is a type of graffiti or street art that uses colourful displays of knitting instead of paint or chalk.

Dr Gillian Sinclair, who works in computer science at the university, said: “I’ve always watched Coronation Street. My mum brought me up on it. I wasn’t even allowed to rustle a paper when we watched it. I haven’t told her yet that I’m working on it.”

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Unknown said...

Is it still guerrilla knitting if it has been planned?

Tvor said...

I must remember to look for that when I visit next month

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