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Tour de Bunting knitting update

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

I thought I’d blog an update on our efforts at knitting little jerseys for the Tour de France bunting.

Chiglet and I have completed 3 little yellow jerseys, and well before deadline (at least a day or two!) we took them to one of the drop off points, a shop on Cold Bath Road in Harrogate called Baa Ram Ewe which specialises in, as you can guess, the art of knitting!

The chap in there is absolutely lovely, he gave us some great advice when we originally went in to pick up our pattern and some yellow wool. This time he was very kind about our efforts, and gave us more good advice about ironing our finished jumpers (ie don’t! Just give them a little steam! I had pressed them to within an inch of their lives, which is not the right thing to do!).

He also suggested that although Harrogate Council are no longer collecting bunting, that should not stop us keeping on knitting, and that we should make more little knitted jumpers to make some bunting to adorn Chiggs HQ. What a great idea!

Harrogate County Council originally hoped that keen knitters would knock up 3,000 yellow, white, green and white-with-red-dots jerseys, hoping also that wasn’t too optimistic. And how many jerseys have been knitted? Over 23,000!!! As you can imagine, that is going to take quite some stringing!

Earlier this year we went for a family walk up to RHS Harlow Carr, and passed by the Council nursery at the top of Harlow Hill. We were rather surprised to see a couple of lines of the jerseys hanging out- we thought they must be the experimental bunting to see how the knitting copes with the Yorkshire rain!

In the next week or so the ¬†lines of bunting should be appearing above the streets of Harrogate- and yes, we are going to see if we can spot our jerseys but with over 23,000 we may be there a while ūüôā

Harrogate Christmas Market

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

This festive season our lovely town of Harrogate is holding it’s very first Christmas Market. We’ve been watching the preparations for a few days, as the marquees and stalls have been put up on a triangle of the Stray at the bottom of Montpelier Hill and Cold Bath Road. While fully intending to visit yesterday (Thursday) for the light switch on, Holly and I wimped out due to the monsoon-rain like conditions. However, this evening (Friday) has been a lovely clear and crisp winter night, so we had a walk down into town from Chiggs Headquarters, to enjoy the atmosphere and do a little Christmas shopping.

It was super! Holly was distracted by the stalls selling sweets, cupcakes and biscuits, while I’m a human magpie- love anything sparkly and shiny- and there were lots of different jewellery and gift stalls to keep me happy. We bought a few Christmas presents and chatted to some lovely stallholders about their businesses- one even said Holly should be running her own business as she did the hard sell (on me!) and I really will not be surprised if that prophesy comes true; my daughter is already showing a real entrepreneurial spirit even at the age of 9!

The Harrogate Christmas Market is well worth a visit, and is on for the next two days- Saturday the 23rd of November (10am-7pm) and Sunday 25th of November (10am-5pm). We hope it will become a regular feature of Christmas in Harrogate!

There are also a couple of events in Yorkshire that Chiggs stockists will be attending this weekend:

¬†Little PJS¬†will be at the Christmas Gift & Food Fair¬†at Ripon Cathedral on Saturday the 24th of November (10:00 ’til 16:00)¬†Entrance is ¬£2.50, accompanied children are free. There will be¬†over 70 stalls including gifts for all the family, food and wine tastings, home-made Christmas cakes, Santa’s Grotto, face-painting and children’s activities.

Baby Blessed will be taking their range of gifts and childrens products to the Christmas Fair at Shay Stadium, Halifax on Sunday the 25th November 2012

In addition, Twinkle Twinkle, a lovely baby and toddler shop in Sandbach, Cheshire who sell Chiggs Wheels have some late night openings for you to crack on with the Christmas shopping, on Friday 30th November they will be open until 8pm and every Thursday to Christmas will be open until 8pm too.