Calling all knitters and crocheters! A royal challenge is underway for all the County’s crafters

All are invited to take part in preparations for a ‘Royal Knit’ to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday this June. Veolia (Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste contractors) have been welcoming knitters and crocheters to the visitor room at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Forest Town for afternoons of knit and natter, and further dates have been announced.  

The community challenge to decorate the Market Place from the 6th June using a street art phenomenon known as "Yarn Bombing" has been launched by Mansfield District Council, Yarn Bombing involves wrapping decorative knitted or crocheted material around tree trunks, railings, fences and other street furniture, in time for the town's main celebration - The Queen's 90th Birthday Street Party.

Don’t worry if you’ve never found your inner knitter, there is help and advice for beginners from Yarn Bombing project co-ordinator Sara Brown, of Yankee Yarns. As well as supporting the community challenge, attending the knit and natter afternoons is also great way to use up leftover yarn from past knitting projects ensuring that nothing goes to waste. Once the Yarn Bombing has taken place the knitted and crotched items will be turned into blankets and donated to a homeless charity.
All are welcome to join the knit and natter sessions at the MRF in Mansfield:
Warren Way, Crown Farm Industrial Park, Forest Town, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19 0FL, 

Stay all day or just pop in for an hour or two. Completed knitted squares can also be dropped off anytime up to the 30th May.
Friday 20th May from 1 - 4pm
Tuesday 31st May from 10am - 4pm
Friday 3rd June from 10am - 4pm

All visitors (aged 7 and over) are also invited to take a recycling tour of the facility, (please wear flat covered shoes, the tour is accessed by an external gridded staircase).
Sara Brown, of Yankee Yarns who will also be installing the street art said: "I've always wanted to take part in a yarn bombing project so this was the perfect opportunity for me to get involved. Working with the community to celebrate the Queen's birthday is a real honour."

Wayne Draycott, MRF Manager at Veolia Nottinghamshire said: ‘The knit and natter sessions have been a great way to open the doors of the visitor room at the Materials Recovery Facility and welcome all in to take part in this community activity. Events like these increase the opportunities for Nottinghamshire residents to see what happens to their recycling once it leaves their bins at home.’
 
The Queen's 90th Birthday Street Party is a big family event, with face painting, craft workshops and other activities, which will take place in Mansfield Market Place on Sunday 12 June, the day after the Queen's official birthday celebration.
The aim of the Yarn Bombing is to bring people in the district together to help dress the town centre for the street party by knitting squares in patriotic colours of red, white and blue, and in patterns such as Union Jacks, the Queen's head or other royal iconography. 

Patterns can be downloaded from: www.veolia.co.uk/nottinghamshire/KnitandNatter