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
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.