Friday 27 June 2014

Yorkshire Council Orders Removal of Tour de France Bunting

This weekend it's Woolfest in Cumbria, sadly a bit too far for me to drive to. In North and West Yorkshire, however, the knitting preparations are steaming ahead for next weekend's Tour de France's Le Grand Depart - the first leg of the famous cycling race.

Tour de France bunting.
Leeds and Harrogate knitting shop Baa Ram Ewe has led the way with knitted celebrations, encouraging well-wishers to send in knitted jerseys to display as bunting on the route. Over 20,000 will line the way. Elsewhere in Yorkshire crafters have customised ten bikes with wool along Yorkshire themes - the Woolly Bike Trail is part is part of the Yorkshire Festival 2014 to celebrate the Tour de France with craft and other artistic activities.

One council in the picturesque North Yorkshire town of Masham, however, has told yarnbombers to get on their bikes. Bunting put up to celebrate the race has been removed for health and safety reasons. Apparently, so the powers that be say, if it rains and the knitted jersey bunting gets too heavy, the could, ahem, bend the lamposts. Who knew that knitted bunting has superhuman powers?

Read all about the knitted preparations in Yorkshire for the Tour de France in my article published in issue 74 of The Knitter magazine, coming out next month. In the meantime if you're going to Woolfest this weekend or Yorkshire next weekend have a great time!

Ps If you fancy knitting jersey bunting for yourself, see Baa Ram Ewe's pattern here.

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