SACRAMENTO, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- A cozy alternative to graffiti is popping up in public places around the world: "yarn bombs," knitters in the United States report.
Knitted street art has wrapped such disparate spots as a "Keep Off Median" sign in Berkeley, Calif.; a parking meter in Seattle and a phone booth in London, The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee reports.
A Berkeley knitter calling herself "Streetcolor" is claiming the tagging of a pole outside Sacramento's Crocker Art Museum.
The museum embraced the addition. "It's not hurting anyone," said executive director Lial Jones. "And it's cool."
If the craze has an inventor, it may be artist Magda Sayeg, who attached the first yarn bomb five years ago to the door of a boutique she owned in Houston. She wanted to "add some color and fun to the city's dark, concrete winter landscape," she said.
Sayeg started a club whose members took old, half-finished knitting projects and wrapped them around "urban furniture." Unsure at first if it was legal, they worked at night.
Since 2007, Sayeg's work has been commissioned, including pieces this year at the Lusso Essenziale festival in Rome and the Austin City Limits music festival.