A cry for help from the Centre for Knitting and Crochet in Holmfirth:
'"We’re looking for Lego!" says Mary Hawkins of the Knitting & Crochet Guild of Great Britain. "It’s not that we’ve changed tack in what we are collecting – it’s to support our knitted village!"
Much-Knitting-by-the-Sea is the name of the village created by Morecambe resident Dorothy Entwistle by way of recuperating after an operation. Although the village is imaginary, it does include: Dorothy’s own bungalow, her local church, Trinity Methodist Church on Morecambe’s West End Promenade, and many, many more buildings. The knitted village first went on public display in November 1992.
"The intervening years have not been kind to the cardboard and sellotape which hold the houses together," says Mary. "The Guild has taken the decision to build more permanent frameworks in Lego or Duplo, and to drop the houses over like tea cosies."
Donations of these plastic building bricks are being now sought towards the upkeep of the village. They may be sent by post to: The Collection Co-ordinator, PO Box 4421, Kidderminster, DY11 6YW
...or brought along to any of the Guild’s Open Days near Holmfirth in West Yorkshire, when parts of the village will be on view, along with possibly the largest and most exciting collection of knitting and crochet in Britain.'
I've never seen the collection at the Centre for Knitting and Crochet in person, but you can see highlights from it on their website - beautiful items from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including some fab knitted and crocheted dresses.