Knitted street art: knit graffiti washing line

11:06 PM

It's Helsinki Pride week and artists Ilar Gunilla Persson and Heidi Lunabba brought their Washing line art project* to Helsinki. The minute that I saw the announcements, I knew this was call for some knitted street art! So here is my yarn bombing contribution:

The artists say that the act of selecting textiles from the cabinet can be seen as a symbolic act that refers to the concept of "coming out of the closet", although in this case they would rather see it as a way of showing compassion. Well, I'm selecting yarns from my yarn stash cabinet, bringing them out of the closet!

I also have a secret wish to decorate the construction site surroundings in my neighborhood, so instead of using our own balcony for the washing line, I took it out to a pedestrian and cyclist detour around some major construction work taking place at the moment. Hopefully it will cheer up my neighbors who have to walk the extra bit to get around the construction site!

This was a fun little project to knit, and it also gave me the opportunity to compare german short rows with wrap & turn, and to try out different ways to cast on. It was also fun to knit in two dimensions for a change. And the best part: no weaving in the ends, as the ends were used to tie the items on the "washing line"! 

* Here's how the artists describe their project:

"Washing Line is a community art project where everyone who want to show their support for equal value are invited to hang out washing in the colors of the rainbow, photograph it and share images using the tag #tvattlina.

Washing Line is part of the Helsinki Pride Festival 22nd -28th of June 2015. The artists Ilar Gunilla Persson and Heidi Lunabba started the project during Jeppis Pride Festival 25th – 26th of July inviting Pietasaari and vicinity to attend."

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  1. Brilliant! Really really liked these. The best kind of knitted graffiti, I think.

    1. Thank you so much! It makes me happy every time I see it, hope my neighbors feel the same way!


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