MYSTERY knitters have brought a new graffiti craze to Hartlepool.
A purl of an idea called knit-blitzing is sweeping the country.
The trend involves people getting out their knitting needles and creating colourful pieces of art.
Then, they secretly leave them on railings, lampposts and other public places.
The latest target was a tree outside of the St George’s United Reformed Church, in Park Road, Hartlepool.
Creative knitters left a fantastic array of knitted cakes – from a Battenberg to a cherry Bakewell, and a whole assortment of cupcakes.
Church minister, Val Towler, certainly approves. She said: “It brightens up the street, gives people something to smile at, and makes some people’s day.”
Church elder, Chris Eddowes, added: “It is all down to secret people who decorate public places with knitting. It appears from nowhere.”
She said: “I drove past to see what had happened and there were all sorts of cupcakes there as well as a jam sandwich and an Easter bunny (pictured right).
“There was a whole selection of cupcakes as well. They seem to be very popular at the moment.”
She welcomed knit-blitzing’s arrival in Hartlepool as “an exuberant sense of life”.
St George’s United Reformed Church has long had an association with knitted creations.
Ever since February 2008, the congregation has been knitting religious scenes, including The Last Supper.
But the idea became so popular that many of the best-known stories in the Bible have been recreated in wool.
It grew into a project so big, that the church produced its own knitted Bible which is now in great demand all over the UK.
Mrs Eddowes added: “It is a strange piece of irony. The knitted Bible is never at home.
“It spent a fortnight at Balham, in south London, where 1,000 people went to see it.”
The popular craze is also known as yarn-storming, guerrilla knitting, urban knitting or graffiti knitting.
It is thought to have first been spotted in Holland in 2004 and was initially created to brighten up and reclaim sterile or cold public places.
It famously arrived in the North-East when knitters left Olympic-themed figures at Saltburn.
People flocked to the pier where every few yards, a different Olympic sport was portrayed.