Guerilla knitting on Jan Smuts Avenue

Peace sign on Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood

Peace sign on Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood

#211 Wonder who knitted the peace signs on Jan Smuts Avenue. They’re gorgeous. The signs appeared shortly after the World Cup ended, wrapped around the trees on both sides of Jan Smuts Avenue somewhere between the Zoo Lake and the Goethe Institute (whose new wall-less exterior and re-imagined entrance does the building justice). Appropriate exhortations in a few official languages hand-made in pretty colours.This city is all about the unexpected.

About hurtling round that corner on one of Joburg’s busiest roads and being confronted with a flash of colour and a glimpse of something possible. And mostly you are going too fast to stop and take the time to think about it. It’s like a whisper that you overheard.

London phone booth all knitted out from the blog Purl Interrupted

London phone booth all knitted out from the blog Purl Interrupted

A Facebook post led me to the blog Purl Interrupted, “the yarns of one girl, two sticks, some string and a backpack”, and the world of guerrilla knitters who make it their mission to make plain and purl a feature of London’s design.

These signs aren’t the knit of that particular wit, Purl Interrupted, and being a great fan of guerrilla all sorts of things especially when peace is the word – I can’t help but want to know who left them there. Any ideas?

2 thoughts on “Guerilla knitting on Jan Smuts Avenue

  1. Hi been following this story from last year. I am trying to get a yarn crew going in Joburg so if you did ever find out who was behind these yarn bombing tags, please let me know.

  2. Never did get the answer but will let you know if anything comes up. Keep me posted on your yarn crew.

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