I was thinking the other day how lucky I was to be part of two community knitting and crochet groups. The groups bring together people of all generations and backgrounds to share their simple love of making things with wool. Such talent and creativity is truly inspiring and I always learn something new and end up adding to my ever growing list of things I must make next!
I was recently asked by Hitchin Stitchin, a weekly knitting group of over 30 members, to participate in a Yarnbomb Installation as part of the Hitchin Festival. I jumped at the chance. I was so excited to have the opportunity to decorate a tree and show off the beauty and versatility of wool. As a celebration of British Wool, I was determined only to use wool farmed and spun in the UK in my display, some of the wool in fact, has been spun from the fleece of my family’s sheep.
It is fitting that this exhibition should take place in the green space around St Mary’s Church in Hitchin, which was built with money from the wool trade, its size and beauty demonstrating just how prosperous sheep farming and the wool industry was in the 13th Century.
I have chosen a beautiful cherry tree to decorate, with a trunk not too broad and branches that spread out wide just above head height! A single granny square from the Simply Crochet granny square app has provided the inspiration and theme of my yarnbomb display, combining my love of crochet with my passion for using British wool. “I wool always love you”, corny but true!
In addition to bunting and pompoms the trees will be decorated with fairies, butterflies, fruit, lollipops, hearts and flowers.
Hitchin is once again re-establishing its reputation as a wool town not only with this yarn exhibition but also with the return of Festiwool, a spectacular wool festival in November, where over 50 British designers, makers and wool manufacturers will be exhibiting at North Herts College. The organiser of Festiwool, Philippa Gregory, will be decorating one of the trees to promote the event.
The Yarnbomb installation will be on display from 26th June to 25th July. More photos to follow.