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Look out York Minster, the yarn bombers are coming…

Ninja knitters are planning to take over Dean’s Park next to the Minster to create a woolly nature trail this June.

The cathedral is teaming up with craft community group York KnitWits for the yarn storming installation – and everyone’s invited.

The park, which runs along the north side of the cathedral, will be filled with knitted, crocheted and woollen crafted animals and plants – from wild flowers and fairies to bugs and woodland animals.

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Knitting workshops

Chapter House, York Minster

Sat Feb 18 @ 10am-3pm

Free (standard admission charges apply)

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People are being encouraged to get involved with the event by crafting something to feature in the garden at a series of workshops which start at the cathedral on Saturday (February 18).

All materials are provided.

The free family friendly workshop runs from 10am to 3pm and people can drop-in to help make pom-pom bunnies, woollen weaved butterflies, bird nests and pom-pom clouds and rain drops.

Lisa Power, head of venue at York Minster, said they were excited by the unusual installation.

The family workshop on Saturday is the start of a series of events taking place at the Minster over the next few months where people can get their creative juices flowing and try their hand at a range of crafts with help from the pros at York KnitWits.

People who can’t attend one of the workshops are still welcome to send in creations for the garden, and we’ve already received donations from as far afield as America and Holland.

In stitches

One of the Homestead Park bees. Photograph © The York Knitwits on Facebook

The York KnitWits is a group of people who love to knit, crochet and cross-stitch and meet others with the same passion.

It supports charities by knitting and crocheting items for those in need and holds yarn storms – where handmade woollen items are used to create street art – throughout the year to entertain York’s residents and visitors.

Previous installations have included The Plight of the Bees at Homestead Park in May 2016 to raise awareness of the decline of British bumblebees.

Future Minster workshops include two family activity sessions on Wednesdays during the Easter holidays (April 12 and 19).

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