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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 🙂

the Tour de Bunting for Le Tour de France!

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

I’ve mentioned before that Chiggs is very lucky to be based in the beautiful North Yorkshire town of Harrogate, and this year we have some added excitement as the  Tour de France cycle race is coming to the Harrogate district.

Yes, I know it sounds a bit bizarre that an iconic French cycle race will be whizzing around the Yorkshire dales, but while the Tour de France bicycle race is primarily held in France, it also occasionally makes passes through nearby countries- and this year it will be coming to Yorkshire!

Harrogate is hosting the final stage of the first day of the “Grand Départ” on the 5th of July, and the race passes through the district again on the 6th of July. In what can only be described as a truly British idea to celebrate the cycling extravaganza, Harrogate Borough Council have launched “Le Tour de Bunting “.

They have appealed to local groups, organisations and individuals to knit little woollen jerseys to represent the colour and shape of the riders’ shirts. These will be made into bunting, and used to decorate the district in the build-up to and after the event. It’s an ambitious project; the aim is to produce over 3000 knitted jerseys!

Here at Chiggs we love projects like this, so I have dusted off my knitting needles, and I’m teaching Chiglet the basics. The colours of the shirts are bright yellow, bright green, white and polka dot (white with red dots)

Le Tour de BuntingWe have chosen to knit an iconic ‘yellow jersey’, (I’m purling and Chiglet is doing the knit rows), and I have to say it’s going surprisingly well!  We have completed one little woolly jersey, and are well on the way to finishing our second. I’ll be the first to admit, it’s not perfect- we have an odd ridge on the back of our finished jersey (I think I knitted when I should have purled!) but I’m sure when the finished knitted bunting is in place and fluttering in the balmy North Yorkshire breeze above the streets of Harrogate no-one will notice!

We can’t wait for the event now, it will be lovely to look at the finished ‘Tour de Bunting’ and to think “we helped make that”