Police Hunt ‘The Midnight Knitter’ Wool Graffiti Bandit

A guerilla knitter is gradually covering a New Jersey town in brightly coloured wool – and authorities have no clue who the rogue crafter is.

Pulling the wool: The guerilla knitter's work on display in West Cape May's Wilbraham Park. Photo: AP

Dubbed “The Midnight Knitter” by residents, someone is covering West Cape May tree branches and lamp poles with little sweaters under cover of darkness.

Mayor Pam Kaithern says police are looking into the knitted graffiti, which is technically against the law, as it is being done on public property without permission. However, the mayor and many residents admit they’re delighted by the woolly rainbow of colours that has popped up.

“We don’t know who it is. Technically, they shouldn’t be doing it. The police are asking about it, but it’s fun and it’s a mystery,” Kaithern told local newspaper The Press of Atlantic City. And she added that she’s not even that keen for police to get to the bottom of the affair. “Lets’ keep it a mystery,” she said.

The knitter even has a website, a Facebook page and a MySpace, under the name of ‘Salty Knits’, where they describe themselves as ‘Knitters that got sick of knitting kitten mittens.’ The Facebook page, for example, is filled with a lot of positive comments about the undercover needlework.

The rogue knitter is happy with the attention the woolwork has been getting – but is now concerned that the added attention may make it harder to carry out their work, saying on Facebook a day ago: ‘Today has been so crazy. Now we have to figure out how to put new tags up without being spotted!’

Guerilla knitting has been an increasingly widespread phenomenon over the past few years, with yarn enthusiasts taking to the streets of cities around the world to encase parts of them in wool. [via Metro (UK) and YahooNews]

Tree cozies mysteriously appearing in one New Jersey town. Photo: The Press of Atlantic City

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