Nocturnal Knitters Tag Up New Jersey Town

West Cape May, NJ has been tagged up, by knitters.

When night falls in West Cape May, N.J., and the coast is finally clear, the graffiti artists come out to ... tag the town with colorful yarns?

Over the last 3 months, a rogue band of mystery knitters who call themselves the "Salty Knits," has been hitting up -- and knitting up -- just about everything that doesn't move.

The knitters, who spoke to us on condition of anonymity - said they started out draping local objects with yarn sleeves and decorations to give their relatively boring hobby a much needed shot of adrenaline.

"It's entertaining," said one knitter. "It's a conversation piece for the rest of the day."

It definitely is that. You don't just walk past this kind of thing and not tell someone about it -- especially when you start seeing it on every single block.

Of course one man's art is another man's ugly sweater hanging in a tree. Not everyone appreciates the salty knitters. In fact someone was apparently so repulsed they went out the other night and took down just about every stitch. Dozens of pieces just gone, overnight.

The knitters have responded to the setback by knitting even more.

"We definitely want to keep doing it because we just put so much time into it," said one knitter.

The local police wouldn't talk to CBS News about the art or its disappearance. They wouldn't even say what would become of the yarn activists should they ever get caught in the act.

The only thing that's certain is that if they ever do get arrested they'll have the coziest bars in the county jail.

  • Steve Hartman
    Steve Hartman

    Steve Hartman has been a CBS News correspondent since 1998, having served as a part-time correspondent for the previous two years.