We are helping to organise and promote a new Yarn Bomb in Derby as part of this years Six Streets Art Trail. Six Streets is a community group that exists to increase neighbourlyness and friendship. Information about Six Streets can be found on their website www.sixstreetsderby.org.uk.
Last year they had their first Art Trail where local people opened their homes to both local and visiting artists. The trail included painters, potters, jewellers, textile artists, printers, photographers and film makers. There was a history trail, children’s activities and pop up cafes. It was so successful that they are having another this year on the weekend of June 22nd – 23rd.
Brand new for this year though is a yarn bomb on the trees of one of Derby’s streets, Wheeldon Avenue. They are asking people to adopt one of the 19 trees and decorate it with a natural theme.I have knitted some leaves, flowers, caterpillars, butterflies and snails to put around this tree. I will probably try to hang one or two bees from the lower branches. Here are some more pictures.
One of the local residents Tina has a map of the trees and their measurements so she can advise on the size of work needed. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.orgA tree can be adopted by an individual or a group of knitters, crocheters etc. and your name will be added to your tree. We have some free knitting patterns on the news section of the Angel Eden website but people are free to use any patterns they like as long as it goes with the natural theme.
Alright I know it’s still technically 2011, but I thought I’d just take a moment to wish you all a very happy new year!
The Christmas season may not be over for another 6 days, in fact my son asks me everyday which day of Christmas it is and what that means, but most of us are probably looking forward to new year celebrations and gatherings this weekend.
After the children were born staying up until midnight became a distant memory and we had to look for new ways to ring in the next year. Much like Christmas Day my family has developed it’s own traditions and customs. Over time this evolved into a family party that is almost like a miniature Christmas. We eat lovely food, play humorous games and give little gifts. My kids even count down the days and become very excited, proving that quantity of gifts or their size has little to do with childish anticipation 🙂
This year we also took inspiration from our new Christmas tradition and have made an awful lot of biscuits in the shape of feet! This was initially thought out because I was given some gorgeous metal cutters in the shape of a footprint. The idea is that it also represents the tradition of ‘First-Foot’. I don’t know if I will be able to convince my brother to visit again on New Years Day (as the only dark haired male) but at least if I can’t we have a mini nod to this old tradition.
If you are looking for a last minute New Year craft I have also written a tutorial for the Boden Community which was posted up today. This is to make my New Year Promise Pots (another tradition).
Have a wonderful time whatever your plans and I’ll see you all again in 2012!!
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