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Turning Knitting Into Art That Pops

Magda Sayeg is the first to admit that she herself rarely hand-knits. “That’s the irony of it all—I’m still not good at knitting,” she said.

Ms. Sayeg is known for “yarn bombing,” or covering mundane objects—street signs, stairs, gates, pipes—with colorful knit and crochet work. She buys vintage afghans from thrift shops, uses automated, circular knit looms to create solid or striped pieces and outsources hand-knitting or crocheting to a team of talented yarn-workers around Austin, Texas, where she lives.

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