30 September 2012

Secret Knitting - Revealed!

You may remember way back at the end of July, I'd pulled out my crochet hooks for a secret WI knitting project. Finally after months of work (and several more squares) we've been able to reveal the surprise.

We've taken one secret location:

And combined it with a fabulous bundle of colourful patchwork!

So early Saturday morning when a band of hardy souls made a bracing 5km sponsored walk which culminated at the top of the old Sutton Manor Colliery, they were greeted by the following sight: a massive piece of guerrilla knitting to help raise money for Willowbrook Hospice.

At the last count I heard, we had about 350 squares created by everyone, from practised pros to newbie knitters. Many were knit by our WI members, but plenty of locals joined in too - and impressively we had squares sent from as far away as Scotland! The scarf was two squares deep, but we still managed to wrap the scarf around Dream an impressive five times!

I really enjoyed being involved in this project - especially the 'knit & natter' working parties where we stitched all the squares together! It was a brilliant opportunity to chat, get to know people and create something unique & original. And though I still can't knit, I'm please to say several of our members have new  knit and crochet skills!

If you live locally and missed the unveiling, I hear our patchwork Dream scarf will soon be on temporary display at the World of Glass.