Invitation for young knitters to ‘yarn bomb’ Clitheroe Castle

Alaina Coar knits to yarn bomb the castle
Alaina Coar knits to yarn bomb the castle

YOUNG people are invited to discover the fine art of “yarn-bombing” at Clitheroe’s historic castle.

“Yarn-bombing” has become a global phenomenon. It is a form of graffiti that covers objects in public places with colourful knitted or crocheted designs instead of using paint or chalk.

The project, which is running until mid-July, aims to engage young people in a traditional craft by enabling them to develop new skills and hopefully open up some future career opportunities.

And pupils at Oakhill College, Whalley, are already busy rising to the challenge and learning to knit in order to take part in the yarn bombing project. They are knitting five-inch squares that will be stitched together to cover parts of the castle grounds. Following the yarn-bombing, the squares will be made into blankets to be given to charity.

Teachers Mrs Everitt and Mrs Thornton-Gray have been impressed by the perseverance of all the knitters – in particular those who didn’t even know a “pearl one” from a “drop one”.

Meanwhile, people who have a passion for art and would like to have some fun are invited to come along to the free, friendly relaxed workshops at Clitheroe Library, every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and every Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Workshops are also being held at Clitheroe Castle every Thursday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Rachel Jackson, Lancashire County Council’s museum manager at Clitheroe Castle, said: “This is a great opportunity for young people and families to come along and enjoy this spectacular creative art, and to develop their skills.

“We’re looking for young people who would like to become ‘guerrilla’ knitters. If you can’t knit then don’t worry, you will be taught. The aim is to cover items around the castle to create a truly eye-catching spectacle that can be seen for miles around.

“We would also be grateful for donations of wool and knitting needles. Any local people who love knitting are very welcome to join in and share their skills and enthusiasm.”

Yarn-bomb the Castle is part of Lancashire County Council’s arts development programme for young people, which aims to connect them with libraries and museums.

For more information about the museum, phone 01200 424568 or e-mail clitheroecastle@lancashire.gov.uk. Alternatively, please visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/acs/sites/museums