Looking for a home for wool of Olympic proportions...
K2TOG will be up until 30 September, but we are already thinking about what will happen to the wool after the piece has been taken down.
After all the goodwill and time put into the project, we are eager for the wool from the installation to be reused and go to a good cause. We are now looking for people or organisations who would be interested in it.
Over 1300 balls of wool, approximately 220 for each column have been used in order to make the installation, including Alpaca, Merino and a blend of British wool. All are 100% natural fibers.
If you are interested in the used wool, or have any more questions please email.
The Olympic torch is working its way across the country and the K2TOG pop-up shop is busy with knitters.
There are now only seven days until the end of our crowd-fundraiser. Go on, please help us meet our target and fund our knitting workshops. We’re aiming to teach as many people as we can the wonderful skill of hand-knitting. What a wonderful opportunity for people to learn a new skill and be part of a project to welcome the Jamaican and American teams to Birmingham for London 2012.
Less than 50 days until the Jamaican team arrive in Birmingham
It’s not long until the Jamaican and American teams arrive in Birmingham but it’s even sooner to our crowd-funding deadline! Why not help welcome Usain Bolt, the fastest man on earth and the rest of the teams to the second city in a truly unique way!
There’s only 12 days to donate to the K2TOG project. Even a pound will help us continue our knitting workshops. You can donate and find out more here.
Why not also contribute to the project by knitting a square which will end up covering the columns of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Drop-in to our pop-up shop in the Pavilions to find out more about the project, learn how to knit and pick up some wool too!
There are 20 days left to help us reach our crowd-funding goal. We really need your help to continue to fund the workshops in order for our knit graffiti installation to be made. The piece will be a colourful, spectacular welcome to the Jamaican and American teams to Birmingham. Please donate, help us and participate in something very unique to the city.
More information on how to donate can be found here. Even a pound will help us towards our goal.
The pop-up shop in the Pavilions was busy over the bank holiday weekend with lots of people visiting to find out more about the project and have a knit. It was great to see people starting to cast on and contribute to the piece. Why not come and pick up some wool and take part?
We are also delighted to have been featured on the Design Week blog. You can read the piece here.
Get crafty and celebrate the Olympics in Birmingham’s new pop-up knitting space!
Do you know your knit from your purl or are you a complete knitting novice eager to learn a new skill? We are looking for existing knitters and those who wish to learn a new craft to contribute to K2TOG, our spectacular knit graffiti installation that will welcome and celebrate the Jamaican and American teams stay in Birmingham this summer for London 2012.
Our new pop-up space will open in the Pavilions Birmingham Shopping Centre on Wednesday next week (2 May), a relaxing drop-in space where anyone can come to contribute. Staff will be on hand to teach basic knitting skills and help with any pieces that have gone awry! Whether you are waiting for a train, need to rest from all that shopping or want a break from the office at lunchtime, you are welcome to pop-in and knit a few rows or just find out more about the project. Special knitting packs will also be available to take away in order to contribute to the piece.
We estimate that it will take 1,300 balls of wool and 4, 500 hours to make the installation so we need your help! We want the piece to be knitted by the proud people of the region, a colourful, personal, visually spectacular welcome to the teams. We also aim to pass on the skill of hand knitting to those who have little experience of traditional crafts. The installation will be unveiled to coincide with the beginning of the Olympic Games, and will remain until the end of September.
We’re still crowd-funding in order to raise the money that is needed to help fund workshops and the pop-up space. Those wishing to donate to the project should visit: http://tinyurl.com/Knit2Together Even a pound will make a great difference.
The K2TOG pop-up space will be open from 2 May to 27 July 2012, Wednesdays to Saturday 12-6pm and Sundays 12-5pm. It is located on the lower ground floor of the Pavilions, opposite Laura Ashley. We hope to see you there soon!
I’ve been travelling around the West Midlands collecting and buying furniture for our K2TOG pop up shop. The shop will be a relaxing hub where anyone can drop in to knit a square or a few rows for the project. If you’re not able to knit, don’t worry, there will be staff on hand to get you started and show you the basics.
It seems that my luck at finding a bargain is in at the moment, just when I need it. Last Sunday I visited Studley Car Boot to hunt for treasures. There wasn’t much treasure to be found but I did manage to buy a nest of coffee tables for under a tenner.
The luck continued when I got home. No sooner had I tweeted about buying the first piece of booty, I received a text from a friend asking if I wanted a sofa, armchair and table. All were in good state of repair but needed a new home as they had splashed out on new sofas.
The final piece of furniture luck came when I won not 1 but 2 wooden standard lamps on eBay for £8. I went to collect them on Sunday and they look even better than the photo.
Our K2TOG pop up shop is located in Pavilions Birmingham Unit 13 on the lower ground floor (opposite Laura Ashley). We’ll be open from Wednesday 2 May. Opening hours are Wednesdays - Saturdays 12 - 6pm and Sundays 12 - 5pm. For details of how to get there visit here
The K2TOG project is welcoming the Jamaican and American teams training in Birmingham. As the BBC report, the teams promise to bring a great deal of money to the economy…
'The Jamaican and USA track and field teams will be worth about £20m to the Birmingham economy, the city council estimates.
The likes of three-time Olympic gold medal-winning and world record-breaking sprinter Usain Bolt, 100m world champion Yohan Blake and Olympic gold-medallist Asafa Powell will be among a 70-odd strong team of athletes and support staff at the University of Birmingham.’
Welcome and celebrate the Jamaican and American teams by helping to make the K2TOG project possible. You can donate here (and as little as a pound) Go on! :)
We want to engage people from across the region to contribute to a visually spectacular artwork welcoming the American and Jamaican teams to Birmingham. We want to engage those who already knit, but also pass on traditional hand knitting skills to new people. The piece will be made by the people for the people.
The money raised will help fund workshops in order for the piece to be made. We will be going out into the local community in order to pass on the skill of hand knitting to those who have little experience of traditional crafts.
The money raised will also help to fund a pop-up shop in the Mailbox, Birmingham, a relaxing drop-in space where anyone can come to contribute to the piece and find out about the project. Staff will be on hand to teach basic knitting skills and local workers can pop-in over their lunch hour or after work to knit a square or just a few rows.
This summer Sara Fowles and Stitches and Hos aim to cover with knitting the columns on the outside of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to commemorate the visit and stay in Birmingham of the Jamaican and American Olympic teams. A palette of six colours (red, white, blue, green yellow and black) will be used to create the installation. The colours are taken from both team’s national flags and are the same colours used in the Olympic rings logo.