Gi­ant cardi­gan to be trans­formed into cosy blan­kets for com­mu­nity

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

THE cre­ator of what is be­lieved to be the world’s big­gest cardi­gan has un­picked the stitches and is offering to share the pieces with the com­mu­nity.

Art graduate Jean West­brook, from Cromp­ton Road in Mac­cles­field, knit­ted the cardi­gan, mea­sur­ing 35 feet across the chest, in a bid to get into the Guin­ness Book of Records.

Un­able to meet some ad­di­tional re­quire­ments of the record team, she de­cided to turn it into an­other cre­ative project, dis­sect­ing the whop­ping cardi­gan to cre­ate blan­kets for the com­mu­nity.

The mother-of-four and foster grand­mother-oftwo, says she only asks that the blan­kets are used and not for­got­ten.

She said: “One will be made into a cos­tume for the Barn­aby Fes­ti­val and the oth­ers could be for pre­ma­ture ba­bies, beds or dog bas­kets.”

The new project was es­tab­lished to co­in­cide with the for­mer pri­mary school teacher’s 60th birth­day this year, for which she de­cided to take part in a num­ber of themed chal­lenges in­clud­ing 60 nights away from home, singing to 60-year-olds and post­ing let­ters to num­ber 60 houses.

A film of Jean’s project will be shown on Jan­uary 8, when she is 61, at the Park Tav­ern.

Get your blan­ket from jean­west­brook.com or the Trea­cle Mar­ket on Novem­ber 29.

●● Jean West­brook and the cardi­gan

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