How a Norfolk village will be taken down memory lane for a weekend by the wonder of wool
The good folk of Caston have it all sewn up...
Who knew that knitted squares could be so versatile? From a life-size Her Knitted Majesty to a laden tea table in a 1950s parlour, a Norfolk village will be transformed for a weekend by the wonder of wool.
The crafters of Caston, near Watton, and neighbouring communities, have created a
nostalgic world of wool. Their cast of knitted characters and settings will take visitors on a trip down memory lane.
Peep through the windows of a knitted 1950s shopping street, in the church, to see the woollen wares on sale; and meet a congregation ready for a celebration service.
Right across Caston, villagers will open their gardens to host fantastic fabric 50s family scenes. Her Knitted Majesty will preside in full coronation dress in the village hall, while real members of the WI serve up non-knitted refreshments.
The Nostalgia festival has been knitted together by teams from the village church, village hall and Caston WI with proceeds going to community projects around the village.
There will be refreshments and stalls in the village hall and church and special lunches and afternoon teas (booking essential) at The Red Lion. Visitors are welcome to dress in 1950s style and the weekend also includes a jigsaw exhibition - pictures of nostalgic scenes have been turned into jigsaws by local non-knitters, and will be on sale in the village hall.
Could you tell us a little about yourselves?
We were lovingly created alongside Her Knitted Majesty to take centre stage in Nostalgia.
Where will you be during the festival?
‘Our young friends David and Florence are having a romantic moment’
We will be in the Church of the Holy Cross enjoying the service of celebration in honour of the coronation of Her Knitted Majesty. With us will be our friend Penelope and her granddaughter Margaret Rose.
What knitted scenes can visitors see?
Visit more than a dozen open village gardens where you will find some of our knitted friends enjoying family life in the 1950s. Barbara is busy baking in her 50s kitchen as her husband Kenneth mows the lawn. Always an early riser, she already has the laundry on the line. Kenneth is justly proud of his well-kept garden and immaculate lawn. Our young friends David and Florence are having a romantic moment. In fact, he is just about to pop the question. Cause for celebrations in the village, we think.
When did Caston become the centre of the world of knitted squares and fabric festivals?
The first Blossom and Yarn festival was held in 2015 and the second in 2017, but the committee wanted to keep things fresh and said it would be the last – so we arrived for a single-village event. There is much, much more than knitting. It still plays a big part but sewing and crafting in other ways have also been introduced. Artistic director Lois Gill and her team have produced the most amazing replica of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robes – months and months of work from a small team of knitters and embroiderers. We are a bit jealous and have to say that she is probably the star of the show – the embroidery is stunning.
Nostalgia with Petal and Purl is on Saturday June 29 and Sunday June 30, 10am-5pm. Tickets to the whole festival are £5 in advance or £7 on day. Under 14s free. petalandpurl.com
ABOVE: Madam Petal and Miss Purl RIGHT: Knitted Nostalgia; Knitted teatime treats
RIGHT: Knitted Nostalgia in Caston