Park Your Yarn

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Last week a group of stitchers braved the weather to install our Park Your Yarn commission in Wolverhampton.  It was quite a dreary couple of days but we kept our spirits up with plenty of tea and biscuits.

For the past 5 weeks we’ve been holding drop in sessions all over Wolverhampton asking people to knit pieces.  We had such a brilliant response with over 500 pieces of knitting being used in the final installation.

I’d like to say a big thank you to Helen, Lilith, Lauren, Cat, Vickie for helping out with the install.  Also a big thank you to Katja for documenting the project and Zoe and Kate from Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Rachael and Cheryl from ArtYarn for making the project such a pleasure to work on.  And finally a massive thank you to everyone who knitted a piece for the installation.  It really wouldn’t have been the success that it has been without everyone taking part.

For more information about Park Your Yarn please visit the project’s dedicated blog.

Get involved with Park Your Yarn

I’m looking for people to make pieces for our new knit graffiti commission Park Your Yarn.  I am working with Rachael Gwilliam from Art Yarn and Wolverhampton Art Gallery to transform St Peters Gardens in Wolverhampton.

For this I am planning to cover 15 benches which are dotted around the gardens.  As ever I need your help to knit pieces.  If you are interested in taking part there are a serious of drop in workshops over the next 3 weeks in various locations around Wolverhampton.

If you can’t make it to any of the workshops but will still like to make pieces please get in touch

For more information and full workshop schedule please visit the project’s dedicated tumblr site


Park Your Yarn @ Wolverhampton Art Gallery

I’ve recently won a yarn bombing commission from Wolverhampton Art Gallery to decorate St Peters Park in Wolverhampton.

I’ll be holding a series of workshops around various venues in Wolverhampton teaching people how to knit and getting them to help me produce the knitting needed for the installation.

The project – Park Your Yarn has its own dedicated tumblr site

For more information on how to get involved visit the site.

stitches and hos @ Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Right then our 2nd event of last week was at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

For our one off special we invited the lovely ladies from Sugarfoot Stomp to provide sounds to stitch to and held a knitted easter egg hunt around the gallery. The egg hunt was great – a lot of bemused knitters searching round the ground floor of the gallery to spot the knitted eggs.

Thanks to everyone who turned up.  A very special thanks to Rebecca Belcher who helped out manning the cake stall and teaching the youth forum group to knit.  Another special thanks to Kate Andrews for inviting us to the gallery.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Just got back from my visit to Wolverhampton Art Gallery to prepare for our Knitted Easter Egg Hunt on 31st March

If you’ve not been there before it’s a wonderful space right in the middle of town.  Our event will be held underneath the huge skylight just by the gift shop.

Unfortunately the upper exhibition areas will be closed to the public during our event.  However, at the start of the evening there will be a short tour around the Jann Haworth exhibition in the Pop Gallery.  I was lucky enough to get a guided tour this afternoon

knitted doughnut wall – part of Jan Haworth exhibition

(sorry about the dark picture – you’re not allowed to take pictures but I was given special permission and felt guilty taking too many while other people were there)

So it looks like all things are set for 31st March.

After my meeting and quick tour I had lunch in the gallery cafe.  I can highly recommend their chocolate cake which was heavenly

stitches and hos on Radio WM (again)

stitches and hos were on the radio again.  Our Easter Egg Hunt event at Wolverhampton Art Gallery got a mention on Radio WM drivetime on Wednesday.

You can listen to it here (we’re at 51mins in).  After our mention the DJ then plays Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind.  I couldn’t have done a better link myself

Don’t forget our one off special at Wolverhampton Art Gallery is 31st March, 6-9pm.  For more details look here

knitted eggs completed

The knitted eggs for our Easter Egg Hunt at Wolverhampton Art Gallery are completed.

Event takes place on 31 March, 6-9pm.  For more details see previous post

The pattern for the eggs comes from purlbee – the online journal of purl soho shop in New York

stitches and hos Feb 2010

A big thanks to all of you who braved the borrid weather on Tuesday.  Although there are signs of spring about it seems that winter is here for a little longer.

Here are some pictures from the night.  A special thank you to Lee and Alison (who was wearing a fab spotty scarve) for providing sounds to stitch to.  See you all next month but don’t forget about our Knitted Easter Egg Hunt @ Wolverhampton Art Gallery on 31 March

stitches and hos @ Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Stitches and Hos will be holding a one off special at Wolverhampton Gallery on 31 March 2010 from 6-9pm.

They’ll be an knitted easter egg hunt around the gallery, the lovely ladies from Sugarfoot Stomp will be playing all your favourite hits from the 1920’s – 1960’s. They’ll also be a pay bar serving wine, beers and soft drinks and of course a home made cake stand with sweet treats for sale.

For more information please visit here

Its really easy to get to Wolverhampton.  You can get the Metro from Snow Hill Station for £4 return.  There are also combined bus and metro tickets for £5 return.
Or you could get the train from New Street for just £2 return as long as you travel ater 4pm.  No need to book in advance, this fare is available everyday!!
The gallery is a short walk from both the metro and train station.  Here’s a handy map

knitted eggs

hello stitchers

I’m busy getting all spring like for our Easter egg hunt event at Wolverhampton Art Gallery on 31st March 2010.  It seems that the official signs of spring are here.  I’ve recently been to the Cotswolds and there were loads of snowdrops


Our Easter egg hunt event is part of the Jann Haworth exhibition.  The lovely ladies from Sugarfoot Stomp will provide sounds to stitch to, there will be a cake stall and of course an Easter egg hunt round the gallery.

I’ve finally cracked (sorry!) how to knit in the round on double pointed needles.  It’s taken a while – but it now means that I can get on and make the knitted eggs for the Easter egg hunt.

Here’s the first one.  The pattern came from purl bee who have 2 amazing shops in New York – one for patchwork and one for knitting and crochet.

knitted egg