Wednesday 30 July 2014

Mini Jersey Bunting Supports Marie Curie Cancer Care

The Knit a Bike Installation, celebrating Le Tour Yorkshire, is gone but the jerseys have been washed ...

the labels have been printed...

and the mini jerseys have been put back on their black knitted cord ...

so they are now ready for sale in aid of Mare Curie Cancer Care, the official charity of the Tour de France Grand Départ.

They are for available for £10 per set plus £3.50 postage and packing (UK only).  All proceeds (excluding postage & packing) will be forwarded to Marie Curie Cancer Care so if you want to add a donation as well that would be great.  There are only 10 strings of bunting still available and all were part of the Knit a Bike Installation in Rowntree Park, York. (This project was sponsored by the Friends of Rowntree Park, was part of the Yorkshire Festival & the York: Be Part of it Festival Programme which celebrated the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014)

The bunting cord is approx. 3.2 metres long and each set has 7 mini jerseys.  Two sets have yellow and white jerseys and all the rest are various shade of yellow.  The jerseys vary in size and shade.  They can be hand washed.  The bunting cord should be washed separately to the mini jerseys.  If you are interesting in buying a set please email me.  My email address is here.

Wednesday 23 July 2014

The Woolly Bike Exhibition

Cassandra Kilbride worked with yarn enthusiasts across the region to create 10 Yorkshire themed Woolly Bikes as part of the Yorkshire Festival 2014 (100 days of art & culture in the run up to the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Yorkshire - Le Tour Yorkshire).  These Woolly Bikes are currently being exhibited in Sheffield Cathedral until 3 August 2014.  

I contibuted to the Historic Yorkshire (Viking) bike which was made in York & so was lucky enough to be invited along to the private view of the exhibition.  Here are some pics of the lovely bikes ...


1. Off t'Coast - Representing Yorkshire's fab coastline and made in Scarborough 

Don't you just love those seagull handlebars and the puffin representing Bempton Cliffs -  a great place for watching seabirds!

2. Historic Yorkshire - Paying homage to the Viking influence & made in York

Don't let that Viking scare you!

3. The White Roses - Depicting the white Yorkshire rose emblem & made in Leeds

Lots of different white roses on display!
4. Yummy Yorkshire - Concentrating on food & made in Wakefield

Yorkshire pudding, Yorkshire tea, rhubarb and Wensleydale to name but a few!
5. Landscape & Literature - Paying homage to local writers and those that feature descriptions of Yorkshire & made in Haworth

Those Brontes get everywhere!
6. Green Rolling Hills - Not just hills but rugged moorland, dry stone walls and roaming sheep & made in Hebden Bridge

What's not to love - fantastic textures and those sheep!

7. Multicultural Yorkshire - Celebrating diversity & made in Halifax

Fantastically colourful - using yarns made from reclaimed saris and South Asian textiles

8. Yorkshire's Industrial Heritage - Coal, canals and mills & made in Huddersfield


Recognize the coal mine on the bike's sprocket?

9. Flat Caps & Whippets plus a ferret (need I say more?) and made in Holmfirth


I just love Compo the whippet and did you spot the ferret on the front wheel?

10. Yorkshire's Sporting Heritage - A tribute to Team Yorkshire's Olympic & Paralympic successes, Yorkshire's favourite sports and other sporting heroes & made in Sheffield

Jessica Ennis-Hill is featured on the handlebars.

and as if that wasn't enough there were Yorkshire refreshments too ...


If you're in the vicinity take a look!  The bikes move on 4th August, after which 9 will go on display in Wakefield One then each bike will return to it's local community. You can read more about the bikes on the Woolly Bike Trail website or take a look at Jess Rowbottom's official photos of the bikes here.  Thanks, Cassandra!

Monday 21 July 2014

Going, going , gone - the Knit a Bike Installation comes down!

Today we took the Knit a Bike Yarnstormed Installation down.  It was the most gorgeous day in Rowntree Park, York - rather like the day we put the installation up!

We've really enjoyed the excitement of ...

and all those mini Tour de France jerseys ...

There were some fantastic shadows today ...

 but it was ...

going ...
going ...

Thanks to everyone who let us go ahead with our mad idea, to those who took part and helped us realise it and to the Friends of Rowntree Park who sponsored it.  It was great helping Yorkshire & York celebrate the Grand Départ of the Tour de France and being part of the Yorkshire Festival 2014 and York: Be part of it.  Hope you've all enjoyed it and taken lots of photos.  Have a great summer!

If you want to read more about the Knit a Bike Installation check out the blogposts in March, May, June & July 2014.

Monday 14 July 2014

"Dress to Impress" - A Round Up of the Community Banners on York City Walls

Clifford's Tower (detail from Nest of Makers banner)

I think you'll all agree that the 5m long community banners which appeared on York's City Walls as part of the "Dress to Impress" project were impressive.  You may still have time to see them.  But if not here are the ones I've seen.

By Lendal Bridge Archway ...

York Community Artists
SMTIM - Children in Care Council
River Foss Society
York Environment Forum
York Greenpeace
Canon Lee School

From the West Offices Archway to Toft Tower opposite the Railway Station ...

Planet South Bank

Holgate Windmill
31st St Hilda's Brownies
Edible York
Breast Cancer Campaign

Refugee Action York
Fulford Barracks Youth Club
St Nicks Fields
Accessible Arts & Media
1st Heslington Brownies
Quilt Museum & Gallery
Community Sparks
York Time Bank
Beehive Pre-school
Fulford Brownies
Albion Avenue Club
York Retreat
Growing Together
Haxby Road Children's Centre
Nest of Makers (the group I belong to!)
St Leonard's Hospice
York Carnival/York Curioser

From Toft Tower to Micklegate ...

Occasional Painters
St Oswald's Creative Writing Club
Clifton Parish Church
Artbus 2
Playtime Speech Unit
Copmanthorpe Youth Club
York Pride
Community at Carr

Home Educators
York Carers' Forum with Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors
1st Heslington Rainbows
Choose 2

Victoria Bar - outside & in ...

Good Humour Ladies Club
International Service
Acomb Recovery Unit

Bishopgate ...

Fulford Tots
Kyra Women's Project


I Can Sing & FIS
City of York Council

Poppleton Under 5s
1st Stockton on the Forest Brownies

Haxby Road After School Club

Quilters' Guild

The "Dress to Impress" project has been run by Emily Harvey for City of York Council and has been part of the welcome for the Grand Départ in York.  The banners have been created by residents & community groups as part of a partnership project between City of York Council and the Quilt Museum and is part of the York: Be part of it programme.  

As well as all the hard work done by the Community Groups who decorated their banners, a big thank you must go to volunteers at the Quilt Museum who made the banners so they could be decorated and to all those who helped to hang them on the City Walls.

Currently Emily is looking for a venue to exhibit them all together after which they will be returned to the groups that made them.