Louth knitters bring colour to summer festival

Saltaire Festival celebrates woolwear

Knitters in Louth are bringing colour to the town's summer festivities.

Those who possess talents in crocheting and yarncraft are pooling their skills to help decorate the town with all manner of woollen items.

This is to help celebrate the three-week Zero Degrees arts and music festival, which begins on Friday June 21st.

A knitting group from local firm M&G Designs have been busy making many items such as knitted flower baskets, which are to be displayed throughout the festival.

They have also created many streamers and street decorations, as well as an enormous festival motif which has been used by the Zero Degrees organisers, Lincolnshire Echo reports.

The idea to celebrate the town's crafty and creative community was born when Louth Town Partnership coordinator and Louth in Bloom member Samantha Phillips approached Gary and Marcia from the knitting shop to enquire about yarnbombing.

She asked whether the pair could organise some knitted graffiti for the festival and use their crafty contacts in the local area to draft in some more help.

The couple were more than happy to help with the proposal and enthusiastically agreed to contribute their creativity to the festival celebrations.

Gary told the newspaper: "There were no hard and fast rules on what should be crafted. Each of the girls used their imagination to create whatever they fancied and the results have been remarkable.

"The group provided some of the wool and other materials and we contributed the rest."

He went on to say: "We've all enjoyed the experience immensely and look forward to sharing the results with Louth residents and visitors in the coming weeks."

People heading to the town next week will be able to see their colourful work decorating statues and other prominent landmarks in the local area, including the library and St James' Church.

The Zero Degrees festivities will begin with an free Party in the Pews in the church on Friday 21st June.

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