Outdoor knitters get into Olympic spirit

Outdoor knitters get into Olympic spirit

A new art project has been unveiled at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as local knitters help residents get into the Olympic spirit.

The pillars supporting the building have now been covered with panels in the colours of the Olympic rings in time for the opening ceremony of the Games, the BBC reports.

More than 400 people spent a staggering 4,500 hours knitting individual sections to coat the columns in a huge community project. Some 1,300 balls of wool were used, meaning this example of yarn-bombing was no last-minute project.

As well as the Olympic red, white, blue, green and yellow colours panels were devoted to the Jamaican and USA Olympic team flag shades as both countries had been staying in the city ahead of the Games.

If you're keen to have a peek at the guerrilla knitting project then it'll be up until the end of September supporting both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Unlike other yarn-bombing displays this one differed in that it was given the official go ahead and allowed to be put up in daylight hours, rather than secretly erected after dark like many surprise projects.

It was organised by Stitches and Hos, which is a knitting group from Kings Heath, and the gang were given help from textile artist Sarah Fowles.

The K2TOG (Knit 2 Together) project is part of the London 2012 Festival, as well as Birmingham's Kalaboration festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jamaican Independence.

Local people were invited to drop off their own knitted panel to add to the artwork, giving them the chance to get involved in the Olympic run-up.

Union Jack designs are a huge trend in knitwear at the minute and whether it's a cushion cover, jumper or bag you're making it's a great seasonal motif.

Why not have a look at this Rowan Kindle cover pattern designed by Sarah Daly using Handknit Cotton Yarn?

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