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Take a look at the best darn knitting in town; Knitters make rows and rows of flowers.

Byline: Tony Henderson

KNITTERS who used their needles to illustrate aspects of their lives have inspired a new venture.

An exhibition of items knitted by older women from the St Silas Day Centre, Bishop's Court Anchor housing scheme and the Knit and Natter group in Benwell, all Newcastle, has gone on show at The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland until May 5.

The project, by Equal Arts of Gateshead, encouraged the women to create knitted works which reflect their life experiences.

With the exhibition due to arrive at The Alnwick Garden, staff and volunteers set up their own knitting group which meets weekly in the Tree House.

Now the group, with help from visitors, are knitting an entire garden.

The finished 4ft by 7ft work will go on show for the rest of the summer at The Alnwick Garden.

The exhibition is free and is on show at the courtyard before people pay to enter the garden.

Visitors are being encouraged to join in and contribute what they can to the knitted garden.

Alnwick Garden learning programme manager Alison Hamer said: "We have already completed part of the garden wall and people can knit flowers, vegetables or plant pots.

"We will leave it up to the imaginations of our visitors and they may well teach us a thing or two.

"If people can't knit they can still contribute by wrapping wool to create objects, looping wool to make plants and grasses or using yarn on card to a make green beds.

"Once we started our knitting group it became addictive and we hope it is the same with the knitted garden.

"The exhibition is just superb and has drawn a lot of admiration for the quality of the work."


KNIT AND NATTER North knitters who have created the colourful exhibition of woolen craftwork, and some of their work, below. PURL OF A JOB Examples of the knitting which are going on show at Alnwick Garden. Now visitors are being asked to help knit an entire garden.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 18, 2009
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