A community is getting down to the knitty gritty of recycling.

Four friends have formed a community project based around knitting plastic carrier bags.

The Knit to Garner project is up and running ahead of the Holmfirth Art Market later this month, where the group’s knitted art work - a dress - will go on show.

Emma Kirkby-Geddes, Rebecca Fairley, Liz Walker and Victoria Robinson say their knitted creation will encompass the art market theme of recycling, upcycling and cycling.

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Emma said: “A group of us wanted to do an art project for the Holmfirth Art Market - we’re having a caravan with a life-size figure on top and we came up with the idea of making her a dress.

“With the theme of the Art Market being recycling we thought we’d use recycled materials and decided to have a go at knitting her a dress from plastic carrier bags.

“We tried originally with some wooden spoons because we didn’t have any knitting needles, but then we began working with Louisa Harding, a knit-wear designer and it’s grown from there.”

The knitters have been meeting at the Butchers Arms on a Tuesday night and have seen their project grow.

Asked if knitting plastic bags was easy, Emma added: “I think people who knit with yarn might not like it, but if you’re new to it and don’t know any different then it’s not too bad.

Youngsters (left to right) Oliver Kimber, Sophia Kimber and Harvey Field who were knitting from plastic carrier bags with the group for the Holmfirth Art Market which will be made in to a gigantic dress for an art installation centrepiece for the market to be held on June 22 and 29.
 

“We found the cheaper, supermarket plastic carrier bags easier than the thinker bags you get from department stores.”

Victoria added: “It is such a wonderful way to connect with the community - something Emma and me had been talking about for a year or so.”

The ‘Knit to Gather’ group has become a weekly event at the Butchers Arms and has brought creative minds together, from experienced knitters to those casting off for the first time. Anyone interested in joining can go to the Hepworth pub on Tuesdays from 7pm.

The knitted dress will be on show at the Hollowgate entrance of Holmfirth Art Market 10am-4pm at Holmfirth Indoor Market on Sunday June 22 where the knitters will add to the dress so people can see how it’s done and have a go at knitting plastic. Holmfirth Art Market also runs on Sunday June 29. Visit www.artmarkets.co.uk for more details.

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