Dice Knitting Pattern and Yarn Bombing Derby Feste!

This past weekend was Derby Feste and Anne organised to once again Yarn Bomb Derby’s Silk Mill. Many enthusiastic individual knitters and knitting groups got involved and between Anne’s wonderful patterns and everyones hard work (many a knitting needle was worn out) they managed to produce this wonderful tribute to everything game related!

Unfortunately the display was somewhat obscured for part of the day by a giant blow up snake (interesting planning on the part of the event organisers there) but when it was visible the yarn bombing was hugely popular with adults and children alike. All the contributers came along to visit and there was a general feeling of pride that their combined efforts had managed to produce such a wonderful display. Unfortunately it had to be removed at the end of the day but it is due to decorate the local hospital over the next few days.

Knit A Dice

The dice were particularly popular with the Feste visitors so I am very pleased to be able to share Anne’s knitting pattern with you all here today.

Using double knitting yarn and size 8(4mm) needles.

Cast on 20 stitches and knit every row.

Knit until it makes a square, I had to knit 34 rows (this may very on how tightly you personally knit).

Cast off.

Knit 5 more squares in the same way for the other sides of the dice.

To Make Up:

Firstly sew 4 sides together.

I found it best to sew the cast on edge of the first square to the side edge of the second. The side edge of the second was sewn to the cast on edge of the third and then the cast off edge of the third was sewn to the side edge of the fourth.

Sew the first and fourth pieces together so that all four pieces are joined.

Now attach the fifth square to start making it into a cube. Again stitch a cast on edge to a side edge and sew around all four sides.

When stuffing the dice I wanted it to look as square as possible so I used foam cut to size, each side measured approximately 8.5 cms. I had to use several pieces of foam to form this particular cube.

Once it has been stuffed with the foam attach the last side.

I cut circles of black felt to make the spots. They were roughly the size of a 20 pence coin.

Derby Feste!

If you don’t live in this part of the world, then chances are you haven’t heard of Derby Feste. A weekend long celebration that has been called ‘One of the most exciting UK festivals for outdoor performance’ by The Guardian. It happened this past weekend and my brood and I went along to see what delights were roaming the streets this year.

We began the festival by meeting the Jelly Rollers Dragon. A wondrous red creature that is controlled by children cranking various wheels and cogs and making noise (much to their delight). Flags spin, horns sound and generally the kids get overexcited! He has an old world charm and I secretly harboured a wish to join in the fun.

Next we walked to the Cathedral Green and came across a giant pig! It’s eyes opened and closed lazily and ten children watched a show being performed inside the pigs belly. Unfortunately my children missed the show by Whalley Range All Stars, but I gather it was very good.

We then moved over to the Troll’s Kitchen where dozens of children were giggling wildly as a very charismatic chef (with a French accent as dangerously awful as my own) taught them to cook rather unsavoury dishes such as ‘Death by Cowpat’ or ‘Blackbeard Sushi’.

Back into the centre and we met two very large bugs. These gigantic green creepy crawlies were actually rather friendly, offering their bugging arms to shake. My son enthusiastically shook two at once and then bounced across the street!

After a short trip home for food (and large cups of tea for the parents) we made our way back and joined the parade. The Feste Finale was performed this year by the wonderful Surraga from Spain. It was the second time this wonderful company has lead the parade and this year they brought gigantic steam blowing fish with them. Presumably rather fit individuals ride a kind of bike contraption behind each puppet moving and animating as they go.

The first fish, a clown fish was similar enough to Disney’s Nemo to make every child in the city shout and squeal with delight. He spun and twisted while blowing steam upon unsuspecting victims who duly broke out in fits of hysterics.

He was followed by a Jelly Fish who bobbed about happily. This was followed by a very friendly (although keen to blow steam) yellow fish.

Then uh oh!

An exceedingly large shark put in an appearance, he spun his full length in circles above the crowd (causing some rather quick ducking so as not to be hit) and ominously loomed over our heads.

We followed them through the streets and down to Cathedral Green. It was so busy here that we thought we wouldn’t see anything else. Luckily we were wrong as a firework display had been planned on the river bridge, to signal the end of the days festivities.

We got home terribly late and my children actually slept in on Sunday, so all in all a wonderful (and free!) event.