West Cape May's Media Moment or the Case of the Mystery Knitter

Posted 3/11/10
by Jane Kashlak

Cape May, NJ — West Cape May's getting a taste of a media feeding frenzy.

From the New York Daily News to NPR, from the Kansas City Star to Channel six in Philly, West Cape May's making headlines across the country.

Everyone wants to know the name of the Mystery Knitter who's been slowly, silently covering the trees and lamp poles in Wilbraham Park with colorful yarn.

Veteran reporter Rich Degener from the Atlantic City Press ignited the media firestorm with his front page article this week. The Associated Press quickly picked up the story. The rest, as they say, is history.

West Cape May Mayor Pam Kaithern got calls from Virginia and Chicago this morning. She did a radio interview with a station in Iowa.

They all want to know the same thing:

Who is the Mystery Knitter?

The Mayor's not telling.

She claims not to know, but the word is that lots of people in town have a good idea who's doing the midnight decorating. They just don't want to spill the beans and spoil the fun.

It's not often West Cape May gets this kind of national attention.

Whoever's doing the knitting has to be agile enough to climb trees. They have to have an artsy sense about them. And they have to work quickly. Each piece of knitting is hand sewn together on site.

Could there be a connection with the Artists' Cooperative, right across the street? Maybe or maybe not.

What about the calling card left on the scene by the mysterious SaltyKnits? Their Facebook page was buzzing this afternoon.

Or could it all be a big publicity ploy by West Cape May? Who knows.

Whatever the story, Todd Land from the Eldredge House B&B on Broadway says it's nice to have a little fun after the long, rough winter. He's getting calls from friends in other states who want to know what's going on here.

What's going on is that, at long last, West Cape May is getting its 15 minutes of fame. And it couldn't come at a better time.

Now will the real Mystery Knitter please stand up.

See Part 2 - The Mystery Knitting Disappears!

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