Knitter reveals she never goes anywhere without needles and yarn

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A keen knitter has revealed she always keeps a set of needles and some colourful yarn in her handbag - just in case the desire to get crafty arises and she happens to have a spare five minutes.

Anne Clark, 63, told the Derby Telegraph she has knitted almost anywhere, including the pub and on car journeys - when her husband is at the wheel, of course.

She has created all kinds of things over the years, including clothing and toys - but she revealed that one of her newest passions is yarn-bombing, something that is taking the UK by storm just lately.

The first project Anne got involved in was outside Derby Silk Mill Museum for June 2012's Mini Maker Fair, but she has also helped to yarn-bomb the  Cathedral Green for Derby Feste and hopes to continue spreading the joy in future.

"These items are left for the enjoyment of all who walk past them and they often disappear to find new homes where they continue to give pleasure," she commented.

Knitted dominoes, snakes and bunting have all made their way from Anne's needles into city centre locations, brightening up the local area no end.

When asked why she likes knitting and why it continues to be so popular, Anne explained: "I think the interest is because you can make something individual. It is a way of getting away from the mass market. Knitting can be very relaxing and, if you make something simple, you don't have to think about it too much."

Encouraging anyone who has never yet tried knitting to pick up some needles and give it a try, the keen crafter pointed out that perseverance and a little practice are all that you need to start a hobby that lasts a lifetime.

It isn't just Derby that has been enjoying yarn-bombing recently. The Irish Mirror reported that Phibsborough had its poles and bicycles decorated with woolly coverings for May Bank Holiday weekend's fifth annual Phizzfest, something that delighted residents and tourists alike.

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