Gripping yarns: Discover knitting's weird and wonderful side
9 May 2019
It may bring to mind itchy jumpers made by your granny, but a new generation is taking knitting into amazingly creative directions. Here are some weird and wonderful examples - and if they've inspired you, the Get Creative Festival 2019 features all sorts of events where you can give it a go.
Knit the town!
The four metre-long (14ft) knitted display captures Great Yarmouth in its 1970s heyday, when entertainers such as Sir Bruce Forsyth and Ronnie Corbett used to perform there.
Elsewhere, Oldland Common in South Gloucestershire has seen its bollards being covered in knitted versions of famous characters from film and TV – everything from Daleks, to Minions, to Springfield residents Marge and Homer Simpson.
(Cannon)ball of wool
On The Leisure Society with Gemma Cairney, Kelley Deal from The Breeders talks about how knitting helped her while recovering from addiction.
When slip knots meet Slipknot!
The art of knitting is not just about making woolly toys or chunky sweaters – it can provide valuable help to people recovering from illness.
Knitted Knockers is a group of around 650 volunteers who make artificial breasts for women who have had mastectomies.
They won the People’s Choice Epic Award for making and supplying more than 2,000 prostheses a year to over 800 women, all free of charge.
Handy guides on how to knit
Follow the 'how to' guides and you may, in time, be as skilled as Hazel Tindall – the Scot who was once crowned the world's fastest knitter! (Via BBC News Scotland)