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Halton residents invited to get knitting
KNITTING can reflect how you feel.
Halton residents are being invited to build up a mood diary of their year by knitting a little each day as part of an innovative project.
Organisers are looking for both knitters and non-knitters to tell the story of Halton's moods by creating a long multi-colour strand, visualising their year.
You only have to do two rows to represents your mood that day every day for a year.
It is hoped participants will become a 'close knit' community, through meeting up, and sharing a web forum and Facebook group.
Hazlehurst Craft Studio artist Carys Anne Hughes and Beth Barlow, from Working Title Artists Collective will be co-ordinating the project.
Beth said: "As part of the conditions of the Art Council grant we also needed to find local businesses or individuals who want to pledge a bit of money or equipment.
Participants have reported everyday knitting, just for a few moments, gives them a bit of time to themselves each day and people with bipolar have actually said it helps control their moods."
Wool swap days will include photography of the strands so that they can be included in a new commissioned book.
All the work exhibited across Halton at the end of the project.
The first wool swap days are being held on Saturday, October 19, and Tuesday, October 22, at the Brindley from 10am to 12noon. You can also go to Castlefield Gallery Space in Albert Square, Widnes, from 2pm to 4pm on the same day.
Knitters are being invited to post updates on a special Facebook page: www.facebook.com/knitayear or register and join in the online forum website www.knitayear.ning.com Funding of £500 from Halton Council’s arts develpment team, was used as match funding for a grant from the Arts Council England, to help the organisers provide support for individuals and groups in Halton.
Halton Council visual arts officer, Louise Hesketh, said: "We are delighted to support this project as we think it will have a lot of benefit for local people."
To pledge money or find out how to get involved as a knitter call Carys at Hazlehurst Craft Studios on 01928 897178 or Beth on 017828148123. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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