K2TOG – Knit 2 Together

I am very excited to tell you about our big summer knit graffiti project K2TOG – Knit 2 Together.

This summer we will be covering the columns on the exterior of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to celebrate the visit of both the Jamaican and American Olympic teams.  A palette of 6 colours (red, white, blue, yellow, green and black) will be used to create the installation.  The colours are taken from both team’s national flags and are also the colours used in the Olympic rings logo.

The project has been selected as one of the Kalaboration commissions.

To help make the work we will be calling on all of you stitchers to knit or crochet pieces for the final installation.  More information on that later.

Right now we need your help to raise £2500 for the project. The money raised will help fund workshops in order for the piece to be made. We will be going out into the local community in order to pass on the skill of hand knitting to those who have little experience of traditional crafts.

The money raised will also help fund a pop-up shop in the Mailbox, Birmingham, a relaxing drop-in space where anyone can come to contribute to the piece and find out about the project. Staff will be on hand to teach basic knitting skills and local workers can pop-in over their lunch hour or after work to knit a square or just a few rows.

To support the project please visit the Sponsume website http://www.sponsume.com/project/k2tog-knit-2-together

free wool

A little while ago Deirdre Figueiredo from Craftspace asked if anyone from the group would like some wool which they had leftover from Shane Waltener Garland #21 as part of Taking Time exhibition at BM&AG.

Well it seems that it wasn’t all claimed.

So when it came to ideas of how to get wool for our knit in I had a plan.  And as you can see from the photo above we are now proud owners of 4 reels of coloured carpet wool originally donated by Brintons of Kidderminster

The wool will be used for our knit in @ Created in Birmingham pop up shop on 10 & 11 April 2010.  More details on that to come soon