Sunday, 30 January 2011

A rather cute gnome sent in by Jenny Richards. Thanks Jenny. A group at West Howe have done a pond so he can try and catch one of the knitted fishes in it. This exhibition is going to look so wonderful.

I have had so many enquiries from individuals and groups wanting to join in. We have well over 1,000 people working on this project now - I cant keep count anymore.

So, it has been another very busy few weeks and some days had enquires from 20 - 40 new people wanting to participate in the project! Slowing down a bit now so I can have time to knit again!

BBC Radio Solent visited us this week and did a recording of some of us knitting and talking about the project. It should be broadcast this week and they will email to let us know when.

I am going to Weymouth on Monday to help them set up their branch of the project. They have 100 people interested in knitting/crocheting for the garden and I think the idea is the make a fossil garden - sounds wonderful! They would like to whole exhibition to travel down to them in August and I think the work they are making will be put on a float for Weymouth Carnival.

Southbourne Library new knitting group has really taken off and has lots more enquires from people wanting to join in - so they may have to set up a second group to cope with the demand. At the moment it is alternate Tuesdays from 2 - 4pm.

A lovely lady called Val donated a big bag of wool to the project - thank you Val. She is clearing and selling her wool stash and was selling a little hand knitting machine which I bought. It is a children's one and makes tubes - grows very quickly - so will be good for the schools to use. Bit of a pain to thread up - haven't got the hang of it yet.

SnB group at All Fired Up Cafe who meet Thursdays nights at 8 - 10.00 are going to make work to cover a pergola/arch - roses, clematis etc. So I have to try and borrow a structure from a garden centre. Library have given us permission to use it and I would like it in the entrance hall so people can walk through it when the come in the doors.

Had a meeting with arts development and library last Monday just to talk through installation and layout. Will be a mammoth task!

A group from London called E11 knitters are going to make us a tree! Welcome ladies and thank you!!
A group from Soutbourne WI are going to knit us some vegetables.
Some hanging baskets been promised and a group from a senior living unit from Southbourne have joined us. Numbers participating increase daily.

Happy knitting!


  1. Sounds like an interesting project. I didn't realise there were so many knit and crochet groups around Poole/ B'mouth.

  2. Hi, we now have bindweed to climb up the tree, grass & flowers to go around the base.Also being made for other areas are a pumpkin, ladybird & pet tortoise