Gold Medal Knitting, local knitters reach the half-mile mark

Bunting Forever

Half of a mile of bunting has been made by over 100 dedicated local knitters in preparation for the arrival of the Olympic torch on the 18 July 2012. As part of Open Weekend Bunting Forever developed by DAD (Dover Arts Development) and launched in July 2011 brings together craft makers to work together and share their skills with novice knitters to make over a mile of knitted, crocheted or felt bunting which will be hung in the town to welcome the Olympic Torch in July 2012. Led by Julie Bishop the project celebrates the Olympic values of teamwork and brings together people and skills from around Dover and beyond. With over 2,500 pennants already, the bunting will reach a mile in length and leave a lasting legacy to celebrate the Olympics and the creative spirit.

Julie Bishop “I have been amazed at the community response to the Bunting Forever project since it’s launch. So many people of all ages have become involved in producing flags at the very successful workshops, at the “knit and natter” group at Amina’s cafe on Monday afternoons, and also in their own time at home. The variety and designs of the flags is wonderful, and I’m delighted that with the assistance of a number of kind helpers we have now assembled half a mile of woolly bunting to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic torch in Dover”

Clare Smith of DAD said “This project has really taken off and I love the way it brings many hands together to enjoy the shared making of a beautiful piece of work which celebrates collective creativity.”

Now there is half a mile to go and DAD is calling on you to help knit the last leg of the bunting, if you are interested in crafts, knitting or would like to get involved in something more creative and meet new people you can join the team by attending a knitting workshop or join Knit & Knitter sessions on Mondays between 2pm and 4pm at Amina’s Café, 22 Biggin Street Dover. If you are not a knitter but would like to support the project you can donate wool or unneeded woolen garments for felt-making; you can also knit from home, by following the patterns available to download from DAD’s website.