Plans afoot for much yarn-bombing ahead of Tour de France

Plans afoot for much yarn-bombing ahead of Tour de France

This summer will be an exciting one for cycling enthusiasts, with the UK hosting a leg of the Tour de France in July.

However, even those who don't regularly get in the saddle can still get involved with all the excitement - particularly if they happen to be knitters.

A host of crafty projects are taking place across the country that aim to give the competitors a warm British welcome as they ride through parts of this green and pleasant land.

In Cambridge, cycling fan Rad Wagon told BBC News that he wants to cover the city with knitted bunting and wool artwork. The fact that he can't knit a stitch isn't putting him off; instead, he's recruiting those who can to get involved.

By July 7th - when the cyclists arrive there - he wants 3,000 miniature Tour jerseys and wool-covered bicycle wheels to be hung up around the buildings.

"The city's well-known for its knitters and 'yarn bombers' who cover everything from bikes to trees to lamp-posts. It's very Cambridge. I think knitting is in Cambridge's DNA," he said.

Commenting on the idea of making everything decorative, Mr Wagon added: "The world's eyes will be on us and it's a chance for us to show that Cambridge can do things slightly differently, and perhaps slightly oddly."

However, he'll have his work cut out to beat Harrogate, which has already woven together more than 18,000 miniature knitted jerseys into bunting for the event, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

Harrogate Borough Council appealed for people to pick up their colourful yarn and make them last year - and it received seven times the expected number.

They will be hung up from the end of May until September and member of the council's parks team Sue Wood said: "Everybody's been getting involved. Lots of Yorkshire expats have seen the knitting patterns online and just wanted to do their bit for Yorkshire."

Harrogate's successful bid to be the host city of the Grand Depart was announced in December 2012.

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