Covent Garden in the tourist-clogged heart of the city. The Yarn Corps has been eyeing this cobbled canvas for a while now, and Worldwide Knit in Public Day practically screamed for a bit of subversive stitching where the city could see it. After all if you’re going to thrust the woolly face of the knit into the public eye you may as well do it where as many people as possible can wonder at it.
Four members of the Yarn Corps converged in the corner of one of London’s oldest market squares, where Roman knitters once stitched their stolas and togaed stallholders touted their wares, and brought the yarnstorm to a humble wooden barrier as the tourists flowed by.
London barely batted an eyelash as the whirlwind of wool flew around the barrier, sprouting yarn-scented blooms as it went.
We also had the pleasure of having this historic step in the direction of yarnstorming first the city, then the world, recorded by the lovely folks from BBC News.
A happy handstitched barrier beamed in the late afternoon sunshine of a slightly confused and bemused Covent Garden. The Yarn Corps snuck away from the scene of the cosy crime and disappeared to stitch in the shadows once more.
The campaign to knit the city has well and truly begun.