Whanganui's CBD came under attack yesterday.

All manner of street items were tricked out in colourful knitting, known as yarn bombing.

Public seats in Guyton St was transformed, as was a parking meter including the words "feed me" and trees in St Hill St. The piano outside Paige's Book Gallery was also played around with.

The yarn bombing was the work of the Gonville Knitting Group whose motto is "Knit Happens".

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The practice of yarn bombing is also known as yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting and is believed to have started in Texas. And in keeping with that state's love of things big, buildings and trains have been bombed in the past.