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Knitters: The Tour de France Needs You!

Surprisingly a cycling enthusiast rather than a knitting enthusiast is reported by the BBC, to be aiming to cover the streets of his home town Cambridge in everything from knitted bunting to yarn bombed bicycle wheels to woolen art work and mini knitted Tour de France jerseys.

However, it’s not just Cambridge that has big knitting plans for the Tour de France. Up here in Yorkshire, Harrogate Borough Council is also working hard to bring knitted bunting to the forefront of the event. At last count the council had received over 16,000, tiny knitted jerseys to strong together as bunting for the event are now looking for helps to complete the job!

"Yarn bombed" bicycle

Elsewhere knitting enthusiasts are being encourage to help stitch together a trail of Tour de France cycles that will stretch across the county! Once completes these works of art will be displayed at Sheffield Cathedral from July 1st to 31st as part of the Yorkshire festival which takes place just before the grand depart itself. After than each bicycle will be returned to its home town to create The Woolly Bike Trail that will stretch the county of Yorkshire for over 12 months.

Cassandra will host two workshops in each of 10 Yorkshire towns to create the bikes with up to 20 volunteers each time, starting at Wakefield One on Thursday, from 10.30am to 3.30pm, ahead of visits to the likes of Leeds, Sheffield, Halifax and Haworth before her July exhibition. To get involved visit www.yorkshireswoollybikes.co.uk.

The next event date for the Woolly Bike Trail is this month (March 2014) on the 19th, to help create a White Rose inspired creation by adorning a bicycle with a range of these knitted flowers. it will take place at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds from 10.30am – 1.oopm and 1.00pm to 3.30pm. If you’re planning on getting involved with this fantastic project, and we recommend you do, head on down to Needlecase and we can help you get stocked up with a fantastic range of wools and yarns.

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