100 days until the London 2012 Olympic Games

April 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The London 2012 Olympic Games are officially 100 days away and excitement is mounting as Seb Coe today revealed the 2012 Olympic Games slogan will be “Inspire a generation”.

BBC Breakfast broadcast from Kew Gardens in London this morning where floral tributes of the Olympic rings were on show. The icon blue, yellow, black, green and red rings have been embedded with over 25,000 flowers and can be seen from the sky, making them the perfect welcome to international visitors travelling to London for the games.

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Olympic Rings at Kew Gardens

With the 100 day countdown upon us various different events are taking place today. The Lord’s Horse Guard Parade earlier lined up in the formation of the number 100 which looked stunning and children are taking part in Olympic themed sporting activities in various parts of the country throughout the day. Plus a special announcement has been made by the Red Arrows, who have revealed that they will appear the London 2012 Opening Ceremony on 27th July with a special performance.

Like lots of people, I unfortunately didn’t get selected for any of the tickets which I applied for. However, I’m not letting this put me off the games. Instead I’m planning on enjoying the Olympics from the comfort of my own home where I’ll be hosting an Olympic themed gathering with family and friends.

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The Lord’s Horse Guard Parade celebrate 100 days to go...

And I’m tempted to look further into the ‘live sites’ which the London 2012 committee has unveiled. They promised to set up 22 huge screens across the country where communities can gather together and watch the games – perfect if you didn’t get ticket. And as Usain Bolt has announced that he wants to ‘amaze’ the world by running the 100 meter in an eye watering 9.4 seconds, watching via a gigantic screen with hundreds of other people would be amazing.

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A huge Olympic themed sandcastle built by school children

So as the countdown continues there are plenty more Olympic 2012 events to look forward. On 18th May the 70 day torch relay will begins and the London 2012 Festival; a cultural celebration of art, dance, music and film kick starts on 21st June and will continue until 9th September when the Paralympic games come to an end.

London 2012 Olympic Games– 100 days to go and counting…!

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Creative Knitting- Yarnstorming

March 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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For years crafting has been seen as a hobby for ladies of a certain age but it would seem that knitting is finally becoming trendy. So much so that creative knitting groups are getting together across the country and their work is popping up in the most peculiar places.

Earlier this month residents of Saltburn, in North Yorkshire, woke up to find a 50 yard long Olympic themed scarf fixed to their local pier. It can only be described as an utterly spectacular scarf featuring hand-knitted woolly figures of athletes who will be taking part in the London 2012 Olympics– swimmers, runners, gymnasts and weightlifters.

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Olympic Scarf in North Yorkshire

What makes the scarf so magnificent is that its creator(s) remain completely anonymous. Nobody knows who painstakingly knitted the masterpiece or why. And this notion of mysterious crafty work isn’t unique to the Olympic scarf knitter in North Yorkshire.

As “yarnstorming” aka knitting something and secretly leaving it for passers-by to enjoy is becoming more and more popular. An exclusive knitting group in London called “Knit the City” have been yarnstorming since 2006 and have created some of the most creative knitting I’ve ever seen.

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Knitted athletes - Olympics 2012

Knit the City’s work includes everything from telephone box cosies, hand-knitted characters and randomly placed knitted graffiti which has appeared across London landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and London Bridge. Their work also made an impromptu appearance in Tate Britain during a 2011 exhibition for those lucky enough to catch a glimpse.

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Knit the City- Telephone Box cosy in Parliament Square

I’ve spent years knitting and have created everything from baby clothes, tea cosies, scarfs and even teddy bears, many of which I’ve passed on to the charity Teddies for Tragedies. But I’ve never seen such a creative and fun approach to knitting. Yarnstorming adds a great sense of excitement which I’ve not seen before and it’s definitely giving knitting, and crafting in general, a new lease of life.

So I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for more yarnstorming in the future and fingers crossed we’ll find out who these secret knitters really are. I’m so intrigued to find out how they produce pieces in such secrecy.

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