When we drove through Matakana today, we saw a skilled, colourful example of yarn bombing — also called guerrilla knitting, urban knitting or graffiti knitting. Don’t be fooled — this is graffiti — but somehow the softness of wool and its association with babies, grannies and other harmless do-gooders means that yarn bombing is more universally appreciated than spray-painted street art.

Yarn bombing at Matakana, June 2012
New Zealand celebrated a public holiday last Monday in honour of Queen Elizabeth II's birthday, and the guerilla knitters chose to decorate the roadside with a royal theme.

Yarn bombing at Matakana, June 2012
The craftsmanship on these pieces is exquisite!

Yarn bombing at Matakana, June 2012
The crowns are so cute, with no two the same.

Yarn bombing at Matakana, June 2012
The knitters must have applied their work to the roadside posts under the cover of darkness on the night before the public holiday.

Yarn bombing at Matakana, June 2012
A week after they were placed in a public place, the artwork still stands proudly — greeting visitors driving into Matakana.

Apparently, the local knitting ninjas have struck before — usually around public holidays. I look forward to seeing more of their artwork in the future!