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.
Stegosaurus, Triceratops Corythosaurusrus desdesigned fabulously by Angela Turner!Turne
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