BLOOMIN’ MAR­VEL­LOUS

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Back in 2010 Pauline Stan­ley and her fel­low Bloomin Mar­vel­lous project par­tic­i­pants picked up their nee­dles to start work on a com­mu­nity project to cre­ate a knit­ted gar­den that would be ex­hib­ited in Bournemouth cen­tral li­brary for four weeks in May 2011. Lots of lo­cal and non-lo­cal peo­ple, school chil­dren, craft groups and shops got in­volved knit­ting and cro­chet­ing pieces for the project, do­nat­ing yarn – we even ran a story about the project in Knit To­day so that our read­ers could get in­volved too!

It took three days to in­stall in its first home, but was a mas­sive suc­cess, co om­plete with knit­ted pond, flow­ers and gnome-filled beds, pot­ting shed, ve eg­gies, birds in­sects and an­i­mals aplenty – even a wash­ing line strewn withw knit­ted smalls! Over 30,000 peo­ple saw the gar­den in its orig­i­nal home,h and it even at­tracted yarn bombers, with a knit­ted dog poo placed nextn to the dog on the lawn.

Af­ter its ini­tial suc­cess the gar­den started tour­ing the lo­cal area, which thent led to it em­bark­ing on a three year coun­ty­wide tour, with many new knitsk added by lo­cal groups as the gar­den bloomed in their area, in­clud­ing a knit­ted pic­nic, green house and bird ta­ble.

The gar­den is spend­ing spring/sum­mer 2015 at Ship­ley gallery in GatesheadG New­cas­tle, on dis­play un­til 5 Septem­ber. En­try is free, and the galleryg is open from 10am-4pm Tues­day- Satur­day. So if the weather is bad,b you can still come and enjoy this bright knit­ted gar­den, guar­an­teed to raise a smile, what­ever the weather. A www.twmu­se­ums.org.uk/ship­ley-art-gallery//shiple g y/ For a menagerie of pre­his­toric knit­ted pals, look out for Knit Your Own Di­nosaur by Sally Muir and Joanna Os­borne. Due to be pub­lished in July 2015, the book con­tains 12 re­al­is­tic knit­ting pat­terns for £12.99 from Pav­il­ion.

tinyurl.com/qgn­skja Cats are cool, but cats in hats are cooler, and cats in di­nosaur hats are the coolest of all. Sara Thomas’s book Cats in Hats: 30 Knit and Cro­chet Pat­terns for Your Kitty pub­lished by Run­ning Press in March 2015 con­tains an amaz­ing cat Stegosaurus bon­net, well worth the £9.99 book price alone.

tinyurl.com/p5gdd8u With the Peter Pan di­nosaur sweater and toy pat­tern (P1146) you get two pals for the price of one, with de­signs for both a Tricer­atops knit­ted toy and T-Rex jumper. Dowload it for £2.49.

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Stegosaurus, Tricer­atops Co­ry­thosaurus­rus des­de­signed fab­u­lously by An­gela Turner!Turne

If you're ea­ger to let your knit­ting nee­dles lose on a di­nosaur project to­day, you're in luck! Just turn to and you can choose from a stripy or a

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