January 2012

Needlecraft University's Anniversary

Happy 2012 everyone! I wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year. Needlecraft University is celebrating its ninth year in business. NU opened its doors in January 2003. We are now offering forty seven classes. The most important fact is that we could not have done it without your patronage and support. So from all of us at NU, Thank You for your support by visiting the web site, taking our classes, and sending us encouraging comments.

Article of the Month - The Knitted Christmas Tree

I have talked about "Yarn Bombing" to draw attention to knitting or crochet. Also, I have talked about "Yarn Art" and about people who use yarn to create beautiful artwork. You can find these articles on the archive page of http://needlecraftuniversity.com.

In this issue I like to talk about a "Yarn Bombing" or "Yarn Art" project that is not only beautiful, it is for raising funds for a very good cause. A group of disabled young adults live in a house in Norwich, England. Last year, before Christmas, their elevator broke down and several of them were stranded on the second floor, for days, before they were taken downstairs. To help raise funds for a second elevator, local people got together and decided to create a Christmas tree to enter at a local Christmas tree festival. To make their entry different from others, they decided to knit a tree.

The tree had to be large enough to draw attention. They decided to make it 15 foot (5 meter) tall. The mayor of Norwich built the skeleton for the tree and knitters in the community started knitting green squares for leaves and colorful ornaments to decorate the tree. Over 600 people helped with this project and created an artwork beyond all yarn bombings.

Their dedication not only created a beautiful item, but also helped with the cost of the new elevator plus adding five new rooms to the compound.

To watch a video about this incredible undertaking, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-h7TnO6TBx4

Nazanin S. Fard

Needlecraft University

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