Giant cardigan to be transformed into cosy blankets for community
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