Kirby kidnapped by evil wizard, Yin Yarn, in shock misunderstanding over tomato ownership! The horror!
When the world’s most famous computer game company loses one of their best-loved characters in a giant magic sock there are very few people who they can call for help. Lucky for Nintendo when one of our spy pigeons found out Kirby was in peril he flapped untidily to the wool-lined Knit the City bunker to coo all. Within seconds (after we’d got to the end of our rows) we were armed to the teeth with sharpened needles and were on our way…
Kirby has asked us to keep details of his rescue on the down low as he finds the whole things rather traumatic. He did, however, agree to join us in a yarnstorm to celebrate his new found freedom. We created a little bit of Kirby love in one of London’s most grey and colourless neighbourhoods, Elephant and Castle, which is in parts almost as smelly as the inside of a sock.
He asked us to meet him at a grimy subway entrance. We’re very trusting. We did.
We found ourselves outdoors. And Kirby was not alone. He introduced us to his squishy pals.
And four fiercely friendly flowers who spent most of their time arguing over which one Kirby would take out on the town that evening.
Oddly enough despite their cuddliness and vacant expressions the weather boys seemed to know their stuff. Under their woolly guidance a little bit of Kirby’s world bloomed from the grotty ground.
The green green grass attracted some fungi fun guys.
Kirby got the giggles at this point. When that ball of pink stuff giggles he giggles loud.
Lucky for all concerned Prince Fluff had also arrived. You can tell from his beetling eyebrows that he’s a slightly more serious type. Either that or he’s in dire need of eyebrow tweezers.
So the Kirbster held court. Dishing the dirt on what really goes on behind closed doors in the world of Nintendo characters. From Mario’s ‘Just for Men’ tinted moustache, to the night Link left his magical ocarina on the night bus, to the embarrassing evening when Donkey Kong mistook a Tetris Cube for a banana at a party.
He drew in quite a crowd.
Foolishly we are ashamed to say at this point in the celebrations Kirby started to get hungry. Against our better judgement we left the festivities for a fish n chip run. We left four of our most trusted guard pigeons in charge.
It was broad daylight in the middle of a busy roundabout. What possible danger could there be to a small pink ball of stuffing and his friend?
Foolish, foolish yarnstormers!
We returned to three shell-shocked Shrooms, a lopsided sun, some frightened fibre foliage and a pile of unconscious guard pigeons.
Kirby, Fluff, the yellow flower and the two cloud brothers had vanished.
Looks like it’s back to the Magic Sock for us. Clearly Kirby is going to need rescuing again. The work of a yarnstorming security force is never done.
Kirby’s Epic Yarnstorm was yarnstormed at London’s Elephant and Castle on February 24 2011 by Deadly Knitshade, The Fastener, and Shorn-a the Dead. We also employed a small stitching army to make many squares. It was part of the launch of the Kirby’s Epic Yarn game by Nintendo, a game where knitting and gaming meet, have round pink babies and live happily ever after. It’s as if Nintendo made a game just for us.
For more on this yarnstorm check out:
Nintendo Magazine’s Kirby transforms Elephant & Castle – Pictures
The Average Gamer’s Kirby’s Epic Yarn – The Elephant And Castle Yarnstorm
And, our favourite, this spectacularly bad review from Electric Pig which calls it “little more than some oppressively ratty woolen toys on a drab concrete bench near a bus stop. This looked more like an NSPCC advert than an exciting novelty launch event.” Maybe they should have waited till it was finished to take photos, eh? Our first bad review! YAY!