Monday, 16 June 2014

How to Knit an Aeroplane

It was with great delight on Saturday while working at the Library of Birmingham that I came across  Birmingham's Knit and Natter Group taking part in World Wide Knit in Public Day with events taking place up and down the country and across the world during the week 14th - 22nd June.   WWKiPD was started in 2005 and is a way of showing the general public that knitting can be a community activity. And it's an activity shared not just by women but men too. More than once I have seen men knitting on the train home - better than sitting there texting or tweeting on their mobiles. I love these kind of events that bring people together to promote arts and crafts as it not only helps to keep creative skills alive but also encourages people to interact with like minded people, gets them out of their homes and can often help to combat loneliness or isolation.  

The Knit and Natter group took its inspiration from the Britain from Above exhibition outside in Centenary Square, by knitting aeroplanes. 

Britain from Above is a unique collection of stunning aerial photographs of Britain taken between 1919 - 1953.  A four year project aimed at conserving 95,000 of the oldest and most vauluable photographs in the Aerofilms collection presenting an unparalleled picture of the changing face of Britain in the 20th century.  Once conserved they are scanned into digital format and made available on the website for all to see. 

Yarnstormers can enlist their very own knitted aeroplane in the woolly squadron taking over Britain's urban and rural spaces by: 

Step 1 -  Knit an aeroplane.  Use the pattern below or make up your own.

Step 2 - Find out more about the history of the place you live in by going to www.britainfrom to find images near you and pick a favourite spot. Head out with your plane to take a picture. If you can bear to part with it, leave your knitted masterpiece behind for others to enjoy. 

Step 3 - Upload your picture to to join the ranks of your fellow yarnstormers.

It's not all about knitting though. Britain from Above is all about sharing your personal memories and invaluable local knowledge today to tell Britain's story and get a bird's eye view of Britain's past. 

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