The Yarnbomber unmasked!

By mrswoolybill
OK I lied to you... I swore that I wouldn't mention the Olympics again. But we returned to Saltburn last week and the Guerrilla Knitters have been at work again. The Knitted Olympics are even bigger and better than ever.
Plus they now include the delightful self-portrait of the ring-leader shown in V1. Can I claim a world exclusive for this revelation?
The tell-tale evidence is clear in the cropped V2. A case of caught red-handed if ever there was one.
This is exactly how I have been imagining them all the Militant Tendency of the WI. She actually reminds me a lot of a member here but I won't name names.
I'm putting all of these up together, they belong together. NB - If you don't have time to look at them all please open V12, it says so much. Whenever the work has been vandalised, the Yarnbombers have always come back and not only replaced but improved.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Photo journalism Specialist and abstract Silly Sunday Humour and fun

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helenlinda Plus
13 366 22 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:19AM
Well I'm in first with a comment- but I wont be getting a medal for that though WinkWink.
So glad she has knitted herself a gold medal for her efforts SmileSmile
A delightful selection Moira - I love the torch bearers SmileSmile
A lovely tribute in v12 for the determination of this courageous band of knitters [just what do you call a collection of people who knit ????] for carrying on in spite of vandalism - well they have certainly displayed several of the Olympic values

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jonwebber 12 4 1 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:26AM
I have looked, long and well, at each one of these. Superb in all respects, and thank you.
tony64 16 204 9 England
5 Aug 2012 8:33AM
Brilliant set MoiraGrin
CaroleS Plus
10 442 3 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:33AM
Determination and talent, I really admire those knitters, what a great set.
NDODS 9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:54AM
A rather delightful and certainly extremely well crafted set of images, all full of their own unique charm. so beautifully collated and presented.

Regards Nathan

P.S. If only I could hand out Gold Medals.
AnnChown Plus
10 207 1 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:55AM
SmileI love the eccentricity of our small nation and this is the most wonderful example. Good on them for their perseverance! SmileSmile
Silverzone 12 2 England
5 Aug 2012 8:56AM
Fabulous. Sylvia
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2247 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:59AM

Quote:I love the eccentricity of our small nation
Sums it up perfectly, I think. Thanks folks. The question now is, what do they do to top this??
As a footnote, quite a while ago I read an estimate that this had injected something over 10million into the local economy - people are coming from around the country, and the world. It's so totally joyful and positive.
5 Aug 2012 9:05AM
A wonderful wooley set Moira, I love these nutty knitty creations. Can't pick a fav', as every one of them makes me smile Smile

John Smile
franken Plus
17 5.1k 4 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 9:17AM
Brilliant set Moira, love the all!

Amazing them's fun it brings a smile that is something you just can't buy. I give my award to you and Bill and to the Guerrilla Knitters a real joy to see, very well captured

fentiger 19 920 24 England
5 Aug 2012 9:30AM
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2247 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 9:38AM
Just been out for the paper - come back to a UA. Thanks John, on behalf of the knitters - that's a lovely surprise.
cats_123 Plus
16 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
5 Aug 2012 9:51AM
must have been the olympic speed knitting event...well captured..again Grin
rontear Plus
17 23 8 England
5 Aug 2012 10:12AM
Good to see so many Gold!!!!!! medals Moira, did they knowSmile
SlowSong Plus
12 9.1k 30 England
5 Aug 2012 10:17AM
Wonderful knitted fun. Smile
pascalg Plus
13 37 1 France
5 Aug 2012 11:03AM
#3 : classy + character inclusion in the bg
first we can see the context, I think? (#10 & 11)
interesting to see how different (Bill's upload) the photographs of the same subject can be
Rende 13 38 4 Netherlands
5 Aug 2012 11:12AM
Brilliant series Moira, and very inspiring too, especially V12 and the story behind it.
Glad you like the cave pics; I prefer the first one too, but it is invisible as a thumbnail.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2247 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 11:17AM

Quote:interesting to see how different (Bill's upload) the photographs of the same subject can be
We do see things differently. I spotted the knitter, and bagged her. Bill saw the couch potato (V9) first, but approached the subject differently.
Thanks everyone, I really had better do some housework now...
gary_d 12 576 13 Wales
5 Aug 2012 11:17AM
We are spoiled today, another lovely set to accompany Bills, I like V12 but I hope it is not a red flag to a bull/vandals. - gary
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2247 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 11:19AM
Ah, but note the knitted CCTV camera for protection, Gary !!!
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
5 Aug 2012 11:38AM
Love the hairdo in V1! Smile What a super collection, Moira, and so nice to see the wider views too in V10 & V11. All Gold Medals winners for me, and just have to let each and every one share my UA Wink
Trev Smile
netta1234 8 382 2 Wales
5 Aug 2012 11:42AM
A beautiful colourful set that I really likeSmileSmile
Joline Plus
14 30 57 United States
5 Aug 2012 11:44AM
They are better than the Olympics themselvesSmile
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2247 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 12:11PM
Bill has just alerted me to Trev's UA - many thanks!
Joline - I totally agree.
Ade_Osman 17 4.5k 36 England
5 Aug 2012 12:54PM
Jasper87 Plus
10 2.5k 158 England
5 Aug 2012 1:06PM
An enthralling set of images. You cannot help but go on to the next one each time, and each individual image is quite clear as to what it represents, full marks to K.Nitter and to P.Hotographer.

Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 1:30PM
Grin Love the carrot hair in V1 and the surfer in V7 !!! Fantastic, good theme fun images! IB
That's a great set of images Moira, a wonderful redhead with the spirit to fight back against the low brain power of the idiots who mindlessly vandalise what they don't understand, let's hope the CCTV camera will catch them.

You've done the lady proud and yourself with this fine bit of PJ on the pier.

pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2149 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 5:35PM
The equestrian one is hilarious, these knitters are so clever. I am always amazed at the different types of knitting wool there are on the market these days, and love the way they have used that wonderful orange one for the hair.
RobinF 13 83 1 England
5 Aug 2012 5:50PM
These are all fabulous Moira, especially V12 which as you say 'says so much' - Guerilla Knitters - priceless.
My very elderly severely sight impaired Mum (89) still knits for charity (only simple baby blankets etc) and attends the knitting group at the wardened accommodation where she lives.
It always amuses me that she curtails our phone calls with 'I've got to hang up now, it's time for Knit and Natter'! - It's all wool and gossip these days!
kind regards,
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2247 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 5:58PM
Thanks so much Dougie, three UAs in one day - I'm staggered!
And thanks everyone. Been a good day!
bobsblues 10 10 2 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 6:49PM
Hi Moira superb set of images love them all and its has done a lot of good for the economy.
My wife and I called in last sunday and got the collectiont albeit a bit soggy as it had just had a pour down will upload my version soon as it does vary
once again superb.
Rach1970 12 14 1 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 7:14PM
Wow - those are all amazing. Love them all Smile Great series Moira!
pdcche 9 4 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 7:48PM
Great set Moira, Peter..
pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:22PM
thank you so much for showing us these Moira, each and every one deserving of its own space, love them all - such patience these ladies have had full credit to them and to you for taking such a great set of piccies. How about a montage or two! should look really good adorning any wall and will be remembered for all time.
annettep38 9 219 42 Germany
5 Aug 2012 10:33PM
must look at these again tomorrow. Why is internet so slow here!!!! And this series is worth coming back to
mikbee 13 3 8 Scotland
5 Aug 2012 11:33PM
I am still trying to figure out if that is a baton he has in his hands for V9 Moira,
or a new Olympic event with a scoring system for what coloured circle you hit dead centre in !!
Tibetan 8 3 England
6 Aug 2012 4:36PM
Great fun very Colourful like them all! saw them before on myfinepix but a different lot! were they yours? nice set, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2247 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 5:12PM
Leon, I don't do myfinepix but I've seen so many cameras around these, I'm not surprised that they have reached other sites!
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
6 Aug 2012 6:15PM
I have LOVED going through these. So well captured, Moira...THANK YOU GrinGrin

The yarnbomber is a pretty lass and I absolutely love her hair Smile

And look at the green windsurfer in V7! Very interesting what's going on in the background. That guy is looking at that yellow thing and going, "What do I do with this now? Do I lie on it or chuck it into the sea and float on it?"

V12 is utterly brilliant but for me V9 is the most creative Olympic knitting so far...'cos that's most of us!

Andrew Smile
stevesloan 10 9 Scotland
7 Aug 2012 2:17PM
Love the whole series, and it brings back happy memories of Saltburn Steve
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
7 Aug 2012 6:16PM
A very colourful selection of images that do Great Britain proud, you deserve a gold medal for these Moira. Unfortunately I can not give you one, hopefully a TT award will do! Am I to take it from v1 that Charlie Dimmock is the phantom knitter of old Saltburn town?!Grin
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2247 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 6:23PM
Blimey, four UAs on one upload, that's never happened to me before! Thanks so much Ed!
costas Plus
12 2 2 Greece
14 Aug 2012 10:40PM
V1 reminds me the wife, excellent set.
brownsilent 13 7 2 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2012 5:52PM
I think this was one of the best things beside the Olympics themselves.

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