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There’s a new craze sweeping the globe. It officially started in 2005 in the U.S.A., when Magda Sayeg knitted a cover for the handle of the door to her boutique in Houston, Texas. Now there are guerilla (or urban) knitters everywhere and a growing number of people are starting to look on it as legitimate art.

In Germany urban knitting has been used both to make Germany’s cities (and parks) more colourful and also as a means to attracting attention to causes. Ute Lennartz-Lembeck for example has made her name by creating colourful pieces which simply add some fun to Germany’s industrial spaces. While her work often features positive statements such as “Mut” (Courage), they do not promote any specific cause.

Now the spirit of guerilla knitting has spread to Australia too, with anonymous urban knitters taking to the streets of Sydney to make it even more beautiful. They have wrapped up lamp-posts in knitted covers featuring flowers in red, pink and orange and a tag reading “smell the roses”. The reaction was largely positive, even from the local council, who acknowledge that it does no damage.

Those interested in heading to Australia to hook up with people who share a common interest, be it knitting or kite surfing, can make life easier by enlisting the services of a German NAATI translator.