Spring has sprung

Early on Saturday morning members of S&H Knit Graffiti Faction celebrated the arrival of spring by leaving waterlilies and daffodils in a fountain somewhere in Birmingham.

Did you spot our colourful spring offering?

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Sneaky Peak

Here’s a sneaky peak at our latest knit graffiti project.  Keep your eyes peeled to see where they end up.

Wool Swift

I went for a little stroll around Kings Heath today to take advantage of the sunshine.  On my way back home I walked up the High Street from Highbury Park.

I went into the British Heart Foundation shop as I’d seen some terracotta saucers in the window and thought they might make good plant pot holders for the kitchen windowsill.  I then saw a box…


That when opened, had real treasure inside.



What I had found was a compact wool swift or umbrella.  Here’s the instructions


The collapsable arms that hold the skein.


And here it is all set up.


Holding a skein of wool ready to wind by hand or with a wool winder.


Not bad for £2.75

Doily Trees

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All images by Katja Ogrin

Doily Trees for Aston University Go Green Week

At the start of the year we were commissioned by Aston University to help promote their Go Green Week activities.

Go Green Week is People & Planet’s annual national week of action on climate change in schools, colleges and universities. Students run a week of activities to raise awareness and demand stronger action to tackle the climate crisis.

Although the location of the commission was decided by the university, quite unusually we were given free reign over the design which left me undecided on how to approach the commission.  The location, a small piece of grass surrounded by footpaths in front of the main university building wasn’t particularly inspiring.  The clock was also against us with only a few weeks until the commission had to be installed.

A couple of nights later I had a dream where I was knitting in a workshop to make spider webs.  Inspired by my dream I thought about weaving webs around the trees so spent the next day researching lace knitting outdoors.   I came across the work of Janet Morton a Canadian artist who uses knitting and wool within her practice.  I was particularly taken with her piece Linden in Lace.

I decided to use doily patterns to create the coverings for the trees in a mixture of knitted and crocheted designs.  I’m really happy with the final installation even though installing them in 40mph winds was a real struggle.

I want to thank, Helen, Venetia, Lilith, Calum and Jeanette for making pieces and helping with the install.  A big thanks to Katja for taking beautiful images of the install and final installation.  Lastly a big thanks to Lynette, Rebecca, Vaughan and everyone at Aston University for the commission.