Weekly art websites: knitting is not just for grandmas

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This week's selection of artists breath new life into the time-old art of knitting and crocheting. From horror-knitting (featuring gruesome displays of knitted violence) to tiny worlds filled with cutesy crocheted characters to enormous knitted artworks that require tractors to create, contemporary artists show why knitting is still very much in vogue.

Agata Oleck - http://agataolek.com/
Rooms full of psychedelic yarn and and life-sized crocheted objects are created loop by loop by Polish-born, New York City-based artist Agata Oleck.

Mochimochi Land - http://mochimochiland.com/
Mochimochi Land is a world for cute and strange miniature knitted toys created by Brooklyn-based knitter and artist Anna Hrachovec. Visitors to the site can download their own knitting and cross-stitch patterns or view some of the crazy worlds created by the site's fans.

Lauren Porter - http://www.lauren-porter.co.uk/
Knitting and fast cars do not traditionally go hand in hand unless you are British-based artist Lauren Porter. Porter uses traditional craft techniques to create nontraditional sculptures including a knitted Ferrari, Christmas tree and toilet.  

David Cole - http://www.theknittingmachine.com/
You might need to stand back to appreciate the knitted works of David Cole, an artist whose knitted works are so large they sometimes require two backhoe tractors and teams of volunteers to create.

Patricia Waller - http://www.patriciawaller.com/en/images.html
Patricia Waller brings the weird, violent and bizarre to life through her creation of gore-ish crocheted toys. From a dog crushed by its big bone to a severed leg hanging from the mouth of a shark, her tongue-in-cheek sculptures give a second meaning to the art of crocheting.