Archive | June 2012

Re-establishing the Department for Knitted Garments for the Royal Navy.

Check out this great new knitting project from the National Museum for the Royal Navy – Inspired by the discovery of 1940s knitting patterns from the ‘Department for Knitted Garments for the Royal Navy’, the National Museum for the Royal Navy has launched a community knitting project to get members of the public, naval personnel and Guerilla Knitters to create a maritime themed ‘yarnscape’ for the museum! The project celebrates the cultural heritage of crafting in the Navy and seeks to continue the tradition by asking anyone currently posted on a ship to knit or crochet a sea creature for the artwork. For more details, get in touch with Jo Valentine at


Don’t forget, knitting events in July!

Angela Knipe, Scarborough based knitting artist and jewellery designer will be joining us for two exclusive ‘Knit-a-Fish’ workshops this July/Aug. The first, on Saturday 22nd July will focus on that Great British classic the seafood sandwich!  Submit your sandwich to our Great Sandwich PicKnit exhibition for the chance to win a prize!  Or take it home as a keepsake of your day.  On Saturday 4th August we’ll be trying our hand at sardines on toast.

Workshops are from 2-4 pm in the Captain Cook Memorial Museum’s Education Room, and are included with the standard museum entry fee (£4.50 per adult, £4 per senior, £3 per child).  Suitable for both adults and children of all ability and all materials will be provided.

Places are limited so call the museum without delay to book your place – 01947 601900. We look forward to seeing you!


Knit-a-Bug for Pannett Park!

The Friends of Pannett Park and Pannett Art Gallery are raising awareness of both the importance and destructive nature of insects with a nifty little knitting project called knit-a-bug! So if sandwiches aren’t your thing, why not try knitting a larger than life 3D creepy crawly and send it in to Helen Berry, Pannett Art Gallery, Pannett Park, Whitby, YO21 1RE by Friday 1st July 2012. Now there’s double the reason to get knitting!

Knit-a-Bug Project at Pannett Park and Art Gallery.

The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef

Last week, one of our museum visitors tipped me off about this Australian born crochet project with a social conscience which is taking the world by storm. It’s called the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef and has been described as “a woolly celebration of the intersection of higher geometry and feminine handicraft, and a testimony to the disappearing wonders of the marine world”.

A project which “resides at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft and community art practice, and also responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash” – phew!  For more details visit