£8,000 grant for Spalding group to get knitting

David Freeman, reunited with his wallet after leaving it on a bus
David Freeman, reunited with his wallet after leaving it on a bus

A Spalding-based knitting project has won £8,000 in Arts Council Cultural Olympiad seed funding so towns across Lincolnshire can knit a running track.

Jo Dobbs, administrator at Unique Cottage Farm Studios in Low Fulney, and 3D mixed media artist Carol Parker are busy applying for grants from other bodies because the Arts Council cash is on a matched-funding basis.

Carol hit the headlines in May when Spalding woke up to the craze of ‘yarn bombing’, where knitters dress lamp-posts in woolly jumpers or other knitted items.

Her group, Knit the Streets, even offered businesses the chance to buy knitted hanging baskets at £10 a go.

Through their Olympics project, called Knit2Gether, Carol and Jo are asking communities around the county to knit sections of running track which will eventually be joined together.

Jo said: “It will show the individuality of each group by representing the heritage of the local environment - and the people who live there - before being joined together into one long, knitted exhibit, connecting all the groups and towns within Lincolnshire.

“Groups will also have the opportunity to create a knitted mascot to keep as a legacy of the project and the event will end with a final exhibition of the completed track and mascots at a high profile event in the county with all contributors’ names displayed.”

Knit2Gether will be launched at a wool day at Unique Cottage Farm Studios on May 21.

At the beginning and during the project, yarn boming public arts events will take place to decorate several town centres.

Jo said: “We would like as many people as possible to be involved, either by knitting squares to be included in the track or maybe contributing to the yarn bombing events.”

* For more information, or to express interest in the project, contact Jo on 07884 056703 or Carol on 07771 917882.