Saturday, 1 December 2012

Knitted Christmas Tree

Hello Friends

We have had a few days of sunshine  and I've been out in it so I feel a little more cheerful.

For just over a year I have been going to a craft club, at the local library, and I take my mum along, (although she has dementia it's the highlight of her week) and throughout this year most of us have been knitting these......

What are they? I hear you ask.

They are knitted rectangles with their corners turned into the middle and tacked into position. In total we made about 1,200 of varying shades of green and these are the leaves for the Christmas tree.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Next these leaves had to be tacked on to a backing cloth which took several weeks to do. The ladies started at the bottom and worked their way up to the top. Some of the ladies who don't knit were happy to do some sewing.
 
 
This afternoon, after the library closed, some of us helped to erect the tree. This is the frame to hang the leaves from, it was made by a very kind gentleman who lives next door to the lady who runs the craft club.


 
 
Next the leaves. Doesn't it look good with the different shades green?
 

Now it needs to be decorated. The decorations have also been knitted by some very talented members. Some pom poms have also been made ( these will be used on hats for next years community project for streetlife a local charity that helps the homeless).

 
 
The official unveiling will be Monday morning at 10.30am. Unfortunately I can't attend at that time. Also Radio Lancashire are doing their breakfast show from the library between 7.30 and 9 am.
 
 Here are some more pictures of some of the hand knitted ornaments
 






After Christmas the tree will be taken down and taken apart then the leaves will be stitched together to make blankets that will be donated to a charity. It has not yet been decided on as to which charity will benefit, this will be done in the new year.

Carolx


9 comments:

  1. Oh, how fun! This is awesome!!

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    1. It was fun seeing it all come together
      Carolx

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  2. That's absolutely stunning! What a wonderful idea to recycle the parts too.

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  3. That is SO brilliant - they did one like that in Norwich last year. And I SO love the fact that afterwards the rectangles can be made into blankets.
    I am glad your Mum enjoys her time at the group!
    weekend blessings x

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    1. Yes I like the idea of the blankets. I think we will have to work quick so that the recipients can get the benefit before spring.
      Carolx

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  4. What a fantastic idea plus recycling afterwards.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  5. How big are the rectangles? LOVE this and would like to try this here in the states

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    1. Hi Lisa R. I will have to get back to you with the details. The craft club restarts in a couple of weeks
      Carolx

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