WeKnitWaterloo has been an ambitious project aimed at symbolically reconnecting our area’s old “High Street” of Lower Marsh and The Cut. Using the power of wool and their own imagination, locals and visitors to the area were invited to create one or more knitted panels for a shop window or windows along the two streets. Over the last few months the project has seen number 'Knitter & Natter' sessions held at businesses on Lower Marsh and The Cut, with participants creating beautiful bespoke panels for local businesses. One of the last workshops was held at Travelling Through on Lower Marsh and Manager, Emma Carmichael said:
"The We Knit Waterloo project has been a great initiative embracing the true spirit of Lower Marsh in wool. What's there not to love about a collaborative project which adds, colour, unique designs and woolly banners to our windows! Thank you knitters for giving up your time and winter evenings to knit us together."
The success of the project has been down to the enthusiasm of the volunteers and generosity of local businesses in allowing the knitting sessions to take place in their spaces. WeKnitWaterloo Project Manager, Inma Goodhew said:
“Working on this project has given me the opportunity to be a part of this great community. I have not only got to know the lovely volunteers who have generously given their time to knit the panels, but also the amazing local businesses which play an important role in the development of Waterloo.”
From 12th April until the end of the month there will be a public exhibition on Emma Cons Gardens celebrating the project and those who took part. The exhibition will look at the history of Lower Marsh and The Cut, present day life in the area and the project itself - and keep an eye out for the knitted trees!