Well, here it is folks – it’s official – the Gonville Knitting Group’s tea cosy exhibition being held at Gallery on Guyton, Guyton Street, Whanganui from 23rd to 31st July and open every day (except Sunday) from 10 am – 4pm. If you are in the area at all during that time, do drop in and say hello to the lovely ladies who will be staffing the exhibition all week.
There will be some amazing works on display – not just my weird looking creations, but some quite sane and normal looking ones too that have been beautifully and lovingly crafted by the members of our knitting group.
Just a little about the group…. We started knitting (and crocheting) at the Gonville Café Library around 3 or 4 years ago. Someone saw an article online about a library in England that put a basket of yarn and some needles on a table and asked patrons of the library to pick up the needles and knit a few rows while they were there. Word spread among the reading community of Gonville Library and before long there were a dozen or so women and one man meeting pretty much every Wednesday at the library to knit and crochet together over coffee and chat about all manner of things. The number of knitters grew steadily and Kelly Scarrow (the Inked Librarian) put the idea to us that we make useful items for charity. So in the first year we made slippers and scarves for the kids of Tawhero and Castlecliff schools and gave them to the Kids Can Foundation that helps out less well off kids in the communities on New Zealand. The following year we made 186 peggy square blankets (granny squares to the rest of the world) and gave them to Plunket for distribution to the new mums of Whanganui for their babies. This year (2015) we are making garments of all sorts including socks, slippers, jerseys, blankets and toys for Birthright Whanganui who help out single parent families who are raising children or grandkids on their own with no help from partners or the parents of the kids. So far this year we have handed over two lots of goods to Birthright – the first delivery of 311 items happened back at the end of April and last month we handed over another 283 items. Just yesterday we handed a stack of slippers made specially for the families whose homes were devastated during the floods that occurred here at the end of June, to Whanganui Flood Relief.
The purpose of our upcoming exhibition is to promote awareness of our efforts within the community and to raise funds to purchase yet more yarn so that we can continue creating the amazing garments, blankets and toys that are freely given with love to the various charities and aid organisations around our town.
Our efforts must be working… the lovely Kelly Scarrow, without whom we would be just a bunch of ladies knitting and nattering about nothing, has recently been nominated for a Pride of New Zealand Community Spirit Award…. Go Kelly!!!
I know I have posted some of the following photos before, but here’s just a few of the items that I have personally made for the exhibition…..
My take on Laoni Prior’s “Coral Fantasy”
Café Blanche Duveteuse (Fluffy White Coffee)
One of my miniature tea cosies – freeform style
A teapot called Remembrance – covered with poppies, eidelweis, acorns and forget-me-nots – all symbols of remembrance, strength and bravery.
Aladdin’s Fez – inspired by my own teapot that looks like an Aladdin’s magic lamp!
My most normal tea cosy – made in crocodile stitch, this is probably the most “normal” looking thing I have made in years!
So, if you want a new tea cosy or you just want to have a look at what we have been doing, drop in, say hi and grab yourself a work of art – it will keep your tea warm too. Look forward to seeing you there!