London: Graffiti knitting confessional

Still in London. It seems that despite all my best intentions to get in, get out, and get back on the road, I am going to be in London for a bit longer than I planned. The apes, the tigers, the Great Wall, and Grand Canyon will have to wait a bit longer.

So despite the whinging and whining of my backpack and boots (quiet in there!) I thought I better make myself comfortable in my city.

Comfortable comes in the form of finding my constantly moving littlest hobo of a brain something to do. So I looked at what I had to hand, I looked at the city I have always been in all kinds of love with, and I decided the best plan would be to combine the two.

From the ashes of the campfires of my past travels a woolly phoenix of sneaky stitchery has arisen.

Folks, meet Deadly Knitshade, stalking the city with her sticks and string her mission is quite simply to get through the day without wrapping something random in her striped stitching. She fails. You can follow her on Whodunnknit if you dare.


The whale is displeased...

Natural History Museum: The whale is displeased...

Covent Garden blues

Covent Garden: Got the blues

Holy knitted lamppost cosy, Batman

Derby Cathedral: Holy knitted lamppost cosy, Batman

Deadly Knitshade has also gathered a small army. The Knit the City Yarn Corps seem to be causing all kinds of yarn-flavoured chaos too. This time on a slightly bigger scale. You can casually stalk them at Knit the City.


A Covent Garden barrier get yarnstormed

A Covent Garden barrier gets yarnstormed

Cor blimey, guv. Me dog and bones all knitted.

Cor blimey, guv. Me dog and bone's all knitted.

So while I charge up my backpack and boots for another round of finding myself while losing myself in the great wild beyond, at least I have something to occupy my time. And I’ll continue to ferret out brilliant bits of London here on Purl Interrupted.

Idle hands are the devil’s workshop apparently. I wonder where he plugs in the power tools…?


  1. CarmenM
    July 14, 2009

    Go forth and multiply the knit, lady! πŸ˜‰

  2. shuna fish lydon
    August 13, 2009

    i don’t know you but i heart you.

    • Deadly Knitshade
      August 24, 2009

      Why thank you. *blushes* Random virtual confession of hearting are the best. πŸ™‚

  3. grrl+dog
    August 24, 2009

    I cant wait to stalk you, and what cool shots as well. So how much yarn do you fir in that back pack?

    • Deadly Knitshade
      August 24, 2009

      Hello! Thanks very much. Stalk away. I love your stuff. I’ve been stalking you for ages. πŸ™‚

  4. mariea
    September 22, 2009

    not heard of this before can i join, i am in Lincoln

    • Deadly Knitshade
      September 24, 2009

      Hi. You can begin graffiting whenever you like. You don’t need to join anything. Just get out there and do it.

      Check out Knit the City for inspiration. πŸ™‚

  5. Shelley
    October 2, 2009

    I can’t tell you how much i LOVE this. Fantastic!

  6. Busted
    February 5, 2010

    LMAO! Damn I wish we had something like this in Virginia. That’s just a fantstic idea! Love your blog btw. πŸ˜‰

  7. jfb57
    April 15, 2010

    These are fab! Have you ever thought of entering @tara_cain Gallery?

  8. tim
    July 8, 2010

    Hi Lauren, my name’s tim and I’m working on the ‘Campaign for Wool,’ an initiative to try and raise wool’s profile. We are going to go live with our wool blog soon and would like to link to fun stuff like this. Also we might be looking for yarnbombers… is this something you’d like to be a part of? Give us a shout!

  9. PNR Enquiry
    November 18, 2010

    I cant wait to stalk you, and what cool shots as well. So how much yarn do you fir in that back pack?

    • Deadly Knitshade
      November 26, 2010

      Not enough yarn. I clearly need another backpack…

  10. Direct Line Holidays
    February 25, 2011

    I particularly love the phone box! Brilliant stuff!

  11. Jennie
    March 7, 2011

    Wow, amazing.. πŸ™‚

    My name is Jennie, and I just wanted to let you and all travellers know that there now is a webpage called, where you finally can get some use out of all these photos you have, posing by different tourist attractions all over the world.

    Choose between almost 150 different attractions and typical touristic activities, upload your photos (and remember, you also have to be in every photo to prove you were actually there.. :), reach different tourist-levels and everybody over 80 points will become Ultimate Tourists.

    So if you want to write something about it, or just compete with your own photos, just go into

    Good Luck!

  12. Polytunnels
    March 11, 2011

    that phone box is hilarious! Love it.