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Saturday, October 20, 2007

The Phantom Crochet-er of Capitol Hill

posted by on October 20 at 15:44 PM

…strikes again. Seen on a park bench in Cal Anderson this afternoon:


Similar “urban cozies” had been spotted previously on sign posts and bike racks and often disappeared within a few days. This park bench cozy was probably applied recently.

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doesn't look like the pieces that knittaplease was doing last year [flickr]). maybe it's crocheters vs. knitters for yarn dominance

Posted by josh | October 20, 2007 4:37 PM

Looks like knittaplease to me. Last I saw of them it was around one of the monorail cement pillars. Good to see it back on the streets. Word.

Posted by bc | October 20, 2007 5:18 PM

"knittaplease"=FUCKING BRILLIANT.

Posted by jz | October 20, 2007 5:33 PM


Posted by Deacon Seattle | October 20, 2007 5:55 PM

I love the park bench cozy! But it's been there at least 3 weeks already. Maybe even since August. I walked by there earlier this week and was surprised it was still there. Makes me happy to see :)

Posted by genevieve | October 20, 2007 5:56 PM

Looks like a big caterpillar.

Posted by Jude Fawley | October 20, 2007 7:02 PM

Knitta please is from Texas and was only out here for Bumbershoot, thanks to Yoko Ott...These are copycats...good ideas, just done by someone else...Maybe they can knit a sweater around a sleeping bum???

Posted by MadDog | October 20, 2007 7:14 PM

Those of us who crochet prefer the term 'hookers' over 'crocheters.'

Posted by mary-kate | October 20, 2007 7:21 PM

I can't be the only person to find these "urban cozies" as lame as their name.

Posted by Explorer | October 20, 2007 7:22 PM

I find them lame as well, Explorer. Just... boring, which is a cardinal sin for public art in my book

Posted by Katelyn | October 20, 2007 11:28 PM

@Kate+Explorer: Maybe rather pedestrian next to the ball & chain on the working man, but FAR more interesting than the "work" of 3Assholes and the like. Frankly knitting and crochet are weird-ass hobbies form my POV, because they can only produce one thing: Knitted and crocheted goods. Which aren't very thrilling. But for the (mostly) girls doing it, it's about the effort. I applaud them for that, and hope they do more daring stuff in the future.

Posted by christopher | October 21, 2007 1:33 AM

@Christopher: What's so bad about knitted and crocheted goods? And no, it's not about the effort. It's about tactile pleasure, relaxation, intricate patterns, clever constructions, custom-made clothes with a great fit, and much much more.

And there is time for doing daring stuff and doing stuff that you like.

Posted by projektleiterin | October 21, 2007 4:28 AM

Wrong, it's about making somebody smile when they see it, which is what public are should do. If you want pretentious art go to a gallery. Stop reading into it.

Posted by bc | October 21, 2007 10:54 AM

Explorer: you're the kind of person who hates sunshine. Do you really want to be that kind of person?

Posted by chauncey | October 21, 2007 11:53 AM

What work of who 3assholes??? Im confused...

Posted by newintown | October 21, 2007 12:32 PM

If you want pretentious art, stay away from me.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 21, 2007 12:54 PM

chauncey, do you really want to see my tan line?

Posted by Explorer | October 21, 2007 5:17 PM
Posted by k | October 21, 2007 10:20 PM

These things are obviously some kind of plot. Either Commie, or Muslim. Some kind of attempt to sap our vital fluids and distract us from the struggle to come. We must stand firm against public urban niceification before we all become pinko weak kneed crochet enthusiasts and the cold fabric of democracy itself becomes warm and snuggly-wuggly, thereby giving comfort to our enemies and the succour of secretive chortling to the slavering fifth column! Be aware people! Building Seven was infected with crochet!

Posted by Alex | October 21, 2007 10:41 PM

do they come from the 'pigeon lady'? the bag lady you see all over the hill with crocheted stuff in her hair; I see her a lot at 15th and John on the bench, feeding the pigeons...

Posted by michael strangeways | October 22, 2007 9:36 AM

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