I wrote a post on here just before the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, on a fun book entitled ‘Knit Your Own Royal Wedding’ which, incidentally, I bought for £1 after all the hooha had died down as my own eccentric souvenir of the event.
Now, I can knit – quite well actually – but I seldom bother because after years of knitting everything from scarves to dresses, I realise that I don’t really like knitted items much so don’t wear them. All that expensive yarn, puzzling over complicated patterns and buying trendy bamboo needles in every size and I find that, as with lots of things in life, the journey is more fun than the getting there.
Perhaps it is for this same reason that the phantom knitter of North Yorkshire, known as the ‘Saltburn Yarnbomber’ has been knitting away like mad and then leaving the results of her (or his) labours in carefully chosen spots around the town at night. This knitter (or knitters) with a big sense of fun has left a set of knitted books outside the library, some woollen buns by the cake shop and teddy bears with miniature knitted sandwiches on a local picnic table.
Now, in a spectacular tour de force, the knitter has wound a 50 yard ‘scarf’ around the pier. The scarf has been adorned with figures to represent the 2012 London Olympics and includes skiers, rowers, runners. I particularly like these little synchronised swimmers.
Maybe next time I get the urge to wield a pair of knitting needles, I will do a bit of this ‘altruistic’ knitting and leave little knitted items around the rural French town near where I live. Somehow, I don’t think my efforts would be appreciated as this sort of thing seems so ‘British’ – it’s probably no coincidence it happened in a seaside town where people will actually wander along a pier in the midst of winter and sit in deckchairs in coats and scarves overlooking the sea.
This afternoon I’m off to my friend’s house where we are going to start a new project. A more ambitious and practical one this time. It is a sewing machine cover which I have lusted after for a while and, because I am making it as part of a communal project, it will force me to sit down and do it. This pattern is from a great book called ‘Born to Quilt’ by Véronique Requena. Gorgeous isn’t it? It’s a bit tricky but I’ll let you know how we get on.
Talking of projects – don’t forget to enter my giveaway for Scott which ends on Sunday 25th March.