Knitted gingerbread house unveiled in Newbury

Knitted gingerbread house unveiled in Newbury

Gingerbread houses have become somewhat of a Christmas staple but knitters have now given a fun new twist to the classic confectionary showpiece.

A knitted gingerbread house has gone on display in the Old Chapel Textile Centre in Newbury's Greenham Business Park, the Basingstoke Gazette reported.

The masterpiece is the work of Devon-based textile designer Alison Murray, her mother Ann and 700 knitters. The team picked up their yarn in May 2006 to begin the project, but it wasn't until people from across the UK and the rest of world got involved that the house began to take shape.

In total, it took 13 months to complete the structure, including nearly four months just sewing the pieces together.

According to the newspaper, the roof alone contains 1,200 carefully knitted roof tiles, each with a sweet or cake attached.

Since completion, the house has raised over £8,000 for North Devon Hospice and £16,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital, touring Exeter, Brighton, Harrogate, Cardiff, Glasgow, Birmingham, Liverpool and even Paris, showing how knitting is truly becoming an international phenomenon.

The house will be on display until December 7th in Newbury, alongside a collection of other pieces, showcasing a range of knitting skills, including hand knitting, machine knitting and even extreme knitting, the Basingstoke Gazette explained.

This exhibition is expected to prove extremely popular, with The Big Knit set to kick off next week. Running on December 1st from 10.00 GMT to 16.00 GMT, the event is run by Innocent Smoothies to raise money for charity.

Across the country, people are set to pick up their needles to create millions of little woolly hats for smoothie bottles.

Since the Big Knit began nine years ago, it has raised over £1 million and 25p for every hatted bottle sold goes straight to Age UK to help older people keep warm.

To mark the event, a special Wicked Witch with tasty treats will be haunting the knitted gingerbread house in Newbury.

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