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Warming the world, one car antenna at a time...

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingKnitta began in August 2005, when two knitters (their names have been with-held for their protection) were discussing their frustration over unfinished knitting projects. One doorknob cozy later, they formed a two-person tag crew of knitters, bombing the inner city with vibrant, stitched works of art. They wrapped everything from beer bottles to public monuments and utility poles. Today the group has grown to over 10 knitters of all ages, races, sexual orientations, and sexes (yes, there is even a male member, known as MascuKnitity).

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThis new form of knitted graffiti may seem a little silly, but really, it's smart! Some of my favorite artists - Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Christo are my favorites because of how they brought art to the masses. No longer did you need to visit museums and uppity art events to witness art - it was right there on the streets and in public places for everyone to see and enjoy - no admission fee required. Knitta is on to something. Their knitted graffiti is not only fun and easy to clean up, but also guaranteed to bring a smile people's faces. It's not everyday that you see your neighborhood stop sign wearing a scarf, afterall. At the same time, Knitta sends a social message - finally, knitting may receive the respect it deserves. Knitting is no longer a symbol of female oppression and no longer confined to old ladies who sit in rocking chairs - it's an art form. Knitting is hip, it's darn pretty, and it will not be ignored! For more information and to see a gallery of their works, visit www.knittaplease.com.

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