The West Cape May knitters have spawned a following.
Earlier this month, a group of women known only as the Salty Knits covered trees, lamps, posts and fences in colorful cozies.
The "midnight knitters" brought pinks and blues to a gray Wilbraham Park. And then, mysteriously, the threads disappeared.
Mayor Pam Kaithern said city officials did not take the knitting down. The knitters did not remove the work, either.
"We were not the ones that took down all the knits in the park, and the mayor said it wasn't officials, so ... that only leaves some seriously angry citizens," the group wrote on its Web site. "But we will not let them win. We shall knit on!"
The knitters' Web site, www.saltyknits.com, has received 23,000 hits this month. Despite the disappearing threads, the Salty Knits said they are not finished.
"I think we need to sit around, drink some tea and work out some new project ideas and get back to just knitting," the group wrote on its Web site.
In the meantime, fans are sending the knitters yarn and project requests, and the group's story was featured on "CBS Evening News."
Now, copycat artists are beautifying parks in Philadelphia, wrapping lampposts, bike racks and trees, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The trend is called "yarnbombing."
Whatever it's called, the Salty Knits started it.
And as the world looks to a group of women from West Cape May, the yarn about the cozy park artwork continues to unravel.
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