Yarn bomber’s creations go missing

A (still-standing) yarn bomber creation on a light pole on Abrams at Richmond by Whole Foods. (Photo: Christy Robinson)

Someone is stealing the joy delivered by the yarn bomber.

A couple weeks ago we told you about the mysterious Lakewood yarn bomber, who is dressing neighborhood trees, hydrants and posts in knitted accessories or, as she calls them, “Random Acts of Art”. The motive? Only to spread good cheer. But now, someone (ones) apparently thinks the knitted creations (maybe because they are mostly in public spaces) are there for the taking. That’s right—K Witta the knitter says several of her pieces have been taken. Three of the four fire-hydrant sweaters: gone, she laments. So sad — how will the fire hydrants stay warm now?

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  • Renee

    If he was covering fire hydrants and wasting public tax payer money and man hours- heck yeah- but as it stands- he is NOT a public menace, nor does he endanger domestic or wildlife. He created his works to be shown in a controlled setting and I am sure he never just forced his work into public areas without request or permit.

    Big difference between artists and those who create public hazards.

  • Nancy

    Geez, Renee. You’d have Michelangelo making nice sinks for the homeless instead of wasting all that marble.

  • Renee

    Display your work on your own property- to TAKE OVER public property without permission is BULLYING! It’s Theft, and your wasting tax payer dollars-
    You whine about people removing your ‘work’ when they are actually picking up trash you left behind.
    I wonder just how many ‘works, landed up killing an animal, I wonder how many man hours we are footing the bill for just because your so selfish and just have to show off what you can get away with.
    To not realize that your actually doing nothing more than WASTING time, effort, arts, skill, man hours, materials, etc when you could have actually blessed some cold soul out there is just plain myopic, closed minded, stubborn and selfish… and you call me angry? Have you looked in the mirror? I use my time, money, efforts to gift others and you all are running around clothing trees, mailboxes, and statues… Geesh- talk about a waste.
    Perhaps when you actually find the birds that get tangled up in your so called harmless work- you’ll start to wake up.

  • Mary

    If being a grown up is going to be like that. I think I’ll pass.

    Renee, honey, you need some help. Anger management or maybe something more. Please put down whatever you’ve been drinking and make the call!

  • colinnwn


    I only wish I didn’t have to live in the same world you live in.

  • Renee

    People seem to forget that PUBLIC PROPERTY is just that- PUBLIC- and NO ONE has the right to use or alter it in any way for their own purposes. Yarn bombing IS a public safety issue. Towns and safety personal CAN, WILL and are CHARGED to remove yarn, string, trash, posters, etc from PUBLIC property.
    The fire hydrant is a sheer act of stupidity. Of course that would be removed not only by the fire department but anyone else that spots it as a PUBLIC ME NANCE and a SAFETY HAZARD as well as possibly a driving distraction. Are you all aware that we have entered an age where even barbers are thinking of removing the trademark barber poles because they pose a driver distraction.
    Yarn bombing is not only unsightly, wasting taxpayer time and money, and considered to be defacing public property (you can and hopefully would be charged, sentenced and fined for the act) but it is also dangerous.
    Aside from the driving hazards, the distractions, but it also becomes dirty, unsightly and breaks down, there by creating a further hazard to wild life. Since yarn bombing has become more of a public menace- birds and wild life have been showing up choking, tied up, bound up or otherwise tangled up to the point that they have strangled, or starved to death. Baby birds have died in the nests because of the longer yarn scraps picked up by the parent birds and used as nesting material.
    Fishing line was a big thing a couple of years ago- all sorts of people were outraged at the occasional animal found dead tangled up in it- well, yarn bombing deaths hare on the rise not only along the water ways (where fishing line would be a hazard) but also in city’s, parks, rural areas, waterways, trees, forests… come on people- can’t you all think of something better to do with yarn other than to create garbage that must be remove at our expense? Just because you make a hat once in a while does not mean that you have the right to deface public property.
    If you all want to ‘yarn bomb’ then limit it to your your own personal property. Front yards, homes, cars… that way when they become worn out, soiled or downright ugly- you can use up your own time and materials to remove them.

    BTW- just so you know- ANYONE has the right to pick up, remove, and dispose of trash, fliers, garbage etc. They can also phone the police while your in the act of putting something up too….

    Guess which one I am.

    BTW- I use my extra yarns to make squares (left in a grab bin at a local yarn shop) hats (for preemies) and have made mufflers, scarfs, hats, toys- to hand off to passing children’s PARENTS, teachers, my children’s pals, or donated to a local charity (schools get warm programs) I don’t waste my yarn trying to keep a statue warm, a tree bundled nor killing wildlife.
    Grow up!

  • kerri

    art is not a driving hazard- texting is!!! so really?!?! i can’t believe anyone would take it down. and i can’t believe someone left that uppity message bagging on the knitting saying the talent should be used to knit sweater for kids— assuming the knitter doesn’t do that as well?! urgh.

    anyway, i think it’s so cool that someone, or someones, are doing something to make dallas more beautiful. thank you, thank you for the love of our city!


  • Nancy

    I appreciate the driving tips, but I still can’t figure out WHY anyone would take the cute knitted items down. I miss them.
    They didn’t distract me any more than a billboard. They did, however, make me smile more than any billboard ever has.

  • colinnwn


    I’ll agree as far as moving objects that might jump out in your way. We’re actually biologically programmed to notice moving objects that might be a threat. When you’ve got 2 or more objects in motion, there’s always the risk you’ll be paying attention to the wrong one.

    But if it is a static object, we all choose what to glance at and further maintain our attention on, and if someone can’t focus on the task at hand to operate a motor vehicle safely, then they shouldn’t be driving.

  • Beverly Regan

    I don’t think we chose what is going to distract us. Anything out of the ordinary could.I’ve gotten used to ignoring graffiti on the signs

  • colinnwn


    That driver who slammed on his brakes allowed himself to be distracted by unusual animal behavior, and selfishly stopped quickly in a right of way to satiate his morbid curiosity. It isn’t much different than rubberneckers on the freeway and it is a ticketable offense. If he was that interested, the appropriate thing to do is pull off the road in a controlled manner and walk back to investigate.

    You were obviously driving reasonably safe as you didn’t rear end this person, but if the accident was really that close and potentially serious due to speed difference at impact, then I doubt you were fully utilizing defensive driving procedures.

    Either way everyone needs to keep their eyes on the road and not unsafely gawk at any unusual sights by the roadside. There are too many things besides some innocuous art that can be distracting. If the driver can’t do this, they need to put down the keys until they are on Ritalin.

  • John

    I wasn’t specifically referring to street signs. I was thinking of any bizarre sight along a street that would cause a driver to momentarily shift his or her attention away from the road. Just the other day there was a hawk eating a squirrel by the side of the road and drivers were screeching to a stop to look. I nearly rear-ended one of these folks, and believe me, I was driving very safely. Even at a safe distance, had I been distracted for a second, there would have been a nasty accident.

  • colinnwn


    I haven’t seen anyone say they’ve spotted art covering any part of the actual traffic sign, obviously that wouldn’t be ok. I haven’t even seen anyone say they spotted art on a stop or yield sign.

    Assuming the above is true, if the art on a sign less critical than stop/yield distracted a driver enough to cause an accident, the driver who had the accident should have their driver’s license revoked. It was their fault, not the artist, though I agree it isn’t a great idea for artist to decorate street signs. There is no excuse for driving in such a manner that the lack of an informational sign, or scenery slightly different could result in an accident.

  • John

    You are placing these creations to bring joy. The last thing you want is to hurt someone. It would be a tragedy if one of these delightful pieces distracted a driver and caused an accident. Please be considerate when you select a location and avoid those, as Melissa says, “that pose safety risks”. You are not only morally, but also legally obligated to do so.

  • colinnwn

    If the art is kept below the level of the actual sign (on the post instead), and not covering any venting on electrical and phone boxes, then there really isn’t a safety issue. Local public officers may make that claim, but it is as bogus and trumped up as most public officials bellicose statements.

  • Melissa

    Putting a knitted ‘skirt’ on a yield sign is also a safety issue – it could shift and obscure the sign. Instead of jumping to the sinister conclusion that someone is stealing the creations out of the pure evil in their heart, could it be that the only ones that are missing are ones that pose safety risks? Why not just keep it to poles, trees, fences, and other objects that are not put up for public safety (i.e. avoid fire hydrants, traffic signs, transformers, electrical panels, phone boxes, etc.) That way everyone wins.

  • R.L.

    My theory is that Luke and Jeremy are stealing them, unravelling them and re-knitting them as sweaters, for those “children around the world who could use a warm sweater”. Way to go Luke and Jeremy!
    Any other speculations?

  • Theresa

    I don’t listen to negative people…I knit cause I enjoy it and after many years of crocheting now enjoy knitting even more. @ Janet I just sent Shabby Sheep an email tks for the info…hope to see more yarn bombing soon…have a great day everyone

  • Denise

    @Luke. Again, the Yarn Bomber(s) are part of a group that knits a bazillion baby hats, each year, for the newborns at Parkland Hospital, so they are doing their “mitzvah”. As far as decorating light poles, etc. – thanks for adding some color to the neighborhood and smiles to many people’s faces. You ROCK!!! Keep up the good work and don’t let the likes of Luke stop you from bringing cheer to our “hood”.

  • Nancy

    A Random Act of Smiling that happened to me last week when I saw a yeild sign wearing skirts.
    So, we (kind of) know who’s putting the Random Acts of Art up and why. But who is taking them down and WHY? It’s not just the fire hydrant sweaters that are missing. That skirted yield sign is gone too. That’s really odd.

  • Janet

    Go Theresa! I heard The Shabby Sheep is gathering a group to help replenish the joy that was taken. Call them for more info.

  • Luke

    It’s a shame that your talents are going to clothe light poles and fire hydrants when there are plenty of children around the world who could use a warm sweater.

  • Theresa

    I saw the one at the lakewood library…that totally sucks that they are taking them…I am working on one for Angelo’s …Hopefully be done by next week….

  • John

    It very likely was the Fire Department that removed them. While it’s not exactly “defacing” in a strict sense, it could make the hydrant less recognizable or accessible. There are plenty of other things to decorate! If you just HAVE to do fire plugs, get written permission from the Fire Department!

  • tejasmom

    Poor K Witta – we feel so bad. Let the knits stay!

  • Project Girl

    That’s disappointing…. I just saw one last week near The T Shop in Lakewood and it made me smile: mission accomplished!