Hundreds of volunteers have been knitting franticly for eight whole months to make some knit wear to make the 900th anniversary of a town called Cardigan, in Wales.
A giant cardigan, that is 5m wide and 2.5m long, has been created by an army of 200 knitters to celebrate Cardigan’s 900th anniversary in 2010 and the town’s culture and history.
The garment depicts a castle, shops, mermaids, coracles, churches and chapels, as well as portraits of 50 young school children, who stitched their pictures as part of the design to represent the town’s future.
The cardigan was one of several anniversary projects funded by a £30,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
The Cardigan Knitting Project was designed and co-ordinated by Lisa Hellier, a community artist based in nearby Eglwyswrw.
She said: “Last year The Tivy Side Advertiser put out a request for ideas to celebrate the town’s 900th anniversary so I rang them up and it blossomed from there.
“We have used cable stitch throughout and the many threads twisted together become strong, representing our community.”
TWISTED THREADS REPRESENT TOWN BONDS
The group of knitting volunteers, who were of all knitting abilities, had met in the town hall every Sunday since March last year to work on the garment.
Ms Hellier said: “This allowed people to knit, discuss the project, pop in to pick up wool or drop off sections of the cardigan that people had knitted at home, or in hospital.”
Many pieces were also sent in from people far away who wanted to help with project; such as one contribution from a knitter in Cardigan, New Brunswick, Canada whose family had emigrated there 200 years ago.
“All the pieces are in, and we are stitching it all together, which is like doing a jigsaw with no picture,” she added.
Catrin Miles of Cardigan 2010, which has organised a series of events to mark the anniversary, said the cardigan would be on display at the Guildhall during 2011.
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