Knitter designs woolly walk-through aquarium

Knitter designs woolly walk-through aquarium

A knitter in Devon has come up with an ingenious way to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), by creating a massive walk-through aquarium out of wool.

Alison Bideford had previous experience of making huge projects, having already supervised the knitting of a 25ft Christmas tree, as well as a gingerbread made from yarn, The Express reports.

She told the newspaper that around 2,000 knitters were involved, with many from her Knit and Natter group and outside help from places as far afield as the US and Hong Kong.

The aquarium, which is called Above And Below The Waves, fills a floor space of 29ft by 20ft.

It was made by individuals from the ages of four to 100, with many pupils across the country also lending a hand.

This is because Ms Bideford and her mother Ann visited a multitude of schools and sheltered housing establishments in order to encourage people to get knitting.

By doing this, they ended up with a 6ft sea monster and a 3ft shark made by school children.

Altogether it took Ms Bideford and her large group of volunteers five months to sew the aquarium together.

It has already raised £17,000 from people donating to see it on tour, with all the money going to the RNLI's Train One - Save Many campaign, which will educate 17 people on how to save lives.

Ms Bideford continued to tell the newspaper that each project of hers tends to take around 18 months to complete, and relies upon help from family and friends to create the structures to hold the installations in place safely.

Her next idea is to explore the themes of myths and legends using three 8ft high books, dragons and plants.

She concluded: "All the things I wished for happened. I wanted people to see knitting differently, to enjoy the finished pieces and to raise money for charity."

Anyone keen to see the aquarium for themselves can visit it next at EventCity in Manchester from February 7th to 9th

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