22 April 2014

The KGB - Woolly Egg Hunt Prizes!


So...how's the hunt going?  We've see lots of entries coming in by email and on Twitter tagged #kgbegghunt.  We trust that even though the Easter Weekend has passed, there's still eggs to spot and entries to be made!  After a few late entries last year, we've given you lot a bit of breathing space to get your photos in, but make sure they're submitted for KGB scrutiny by the end of 27th April 2014 folks!


We'll call every individual egg picture an entry to the competition and the winners will be chosen by a random number generator.

You could win... 

1st Prize: A giant chocolate Easter Egg Donated by Flexpress  
Photo © Trout Mask


2nd Prize: A handmade Charlie Dog Donated by Little Bird SOS. 
Local Lisa Pidgeon dreamt up Charlie.  He (and his friends) are crafted entirely from found, felted and recycled textiles, apart from the stuffing which is Cornish organic sheeps wool.  If you're looking for environmentally friendly ethically sourced stuff, you won't get much better than dear old Charlie Dog!
Photo © Little Bird SOS & Trudie

3rd Prize: Delicious cupcakes Donated by Little Red Hen

Local lass Lindsey makes great cakes!
 
Photo © Little Red Hen

And a bonus Prize: Some fab soap & a sunflower growing kit from Soaps by Charlotte.  Many thanks to Jacqueline for this lovely prize!  The soaps are handmade so you will receive a list of exactly what went in the pot to make them. There's a Tea Tree soap and a Sugar Scrub Soap which I'd quite like to unwrap and use right now.  They come presented in a pot containing sunflower seeds and compost - your challenge is to use both soaps to stay squeaky clean before the sunflower reaches 6 feet tall!

Photo © Trout Mask

Many thanks for the continued support of the wonderful Little Bird SOS in all areas of this venture and Flexpress in giving us a very good price for printing for the third year running.

Important Message to Egg Hunters:
This is Guerilla Knitting.  The KGB participate voluntarily and we hope to make you smile.  However, please hunt your eggs responsibly as your own participation is also voluntary and at your own risk.

17 April 2014

KGB Woolly Egg Hunt Map

This year's KGB Woolly Egg Hunt will be running from the 18th April 2014.


Are you ready to hunt the Woolly bundles of fun in the KGB Woolly Egg Hunt 2014? Well...here's a peep at some previously classified information. It's just a guide. You'll still have to use your best eagle eyed eyeballs to find them all, as there's many more eggs out in the wild, at least for as long as the more light fingered folk of Birstall can keep their cheeky mitts off them!  To make sure that you have a good chance of seeing an egg or two, we will be putting some eggs safely behind various windows belonging to good local businesses, so that we can guarantee that there will be something for you to find.



We'll call every individual egg picture an entry to the competition and the winners will be chosen on the 27th April 2014 by a random number generator.


When you spot an egg (or other Easter icon) then please take a photo and upload it to Twitter mentioning @KGB_123 & using the tag #kgbegghunt or sent to troutmaskblog@gmail.com

You could win...
1st Prize: A giant chocolate Easter Egg Donated by Flexpress  
2nd Prize: A handmade Charlie Dog Donated by Little Bird SOS
3rd Prize: Delicious cupcakes Donated by Little Red Hen

and a bonus Prize: Some fab soap & a sunflower growing kit from Soaps by Charlotte

We also enjoy the continued support of the wonderful Little Bird SOS in all areas of this venture and Flexpress in giving us a very good price for printing for the third year running.

Important Message to Egg Hunters:
This is Guerilla Knitting.  The KGB participate voluntarily and we hope to make you smile.  However, please hunt your eggs responsibly as your own participation is also voluntary and at your own risk.


Here's a map...please click on it to see it all.


View KGB Woolly Egg Hunt Easter 2014 in a larger map

outdoors The Purple Myrtle Tree
indoors Windmill Avenue Shops
indoors Hannah Parade shops
outdoors School Lane Playground
indoors Went Road shops
indoors Kingsgate Avenue Shops
outdoors Greengate Cemetery
outdoors & indoors Birstall Library
outdoors Birstall Methodist Church
outdoors Birstall Garden Centre
outdoors Vets
outdoors Birstall Parish Council Offices
outdoors Flexpress This location is a smidge approximate. Sponsor of the Woolly Egg Hunt
outdoors Rainbows Nursery
outdoors Wanlip Preschool
outdoors Highcliffe Primary School and Acorns Under Fives Preschool and Toddler Group
outdoors Riverside Primary School
outdoors Stonehill High School
indoors  RT's Friend of the Woolly Egg Hunt and provider of delicious food.
outdoors Telephone Exchange
outdoors New Hallam Fields Playground Location is very approximate!
outdoors Greengate Allotments
outdoors Birstall Parish Church
indoors Wanlip Avenue Shops
indoors Lambourne Road shops

6 April 2014

C'mon - make an Egg. It makes people smile!


Woolly Egg Hunt Collection Points



Once again, we'll be installing eggs around the village of Birstall, both in friendly shops and in outdoor guerilla locations.  Members of the public are encouraged to seek out the woolly eggs and take photos of their finds.

Sooo, we need lots of woolly eggs, whether knitting, crocheted, woven or felted.  Let your imagination go wild! 

Here's some patterns to get you started.  Mainly eggs is best, but if you would like to turn out a small chick or bunny wabbitt, that's fine too.

Knittin'

Knitted Easter Egg Patterns by Little Cotton Rabbits
Easter Bunny by Craftbits

Crochet:

Easter Egg Crochet pattern by Easy Makes Me Happy
Amigurumi Easter Eggs by Jane Blogs

Eggs can be left in one of two collection boxes in Birstall at:


 


 Birstall Methodist Church Cafe, which is open each weekday morning from 10-12am, gently serving drinks and home made cakes. 






RT's on The Meadway, Birstall, where delicious meals, coffee and the most wicked cakes on earth can the consumed with glee.
 
We'll place the eggs in all areas of the village and - time and energy permitting - our immediately surrounding areas on the 17th April, ready for the hunt over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend.

We hope you'll join in with us.
  
The KGB

Deadline: 15th April 2014 (for eggs to be included in photocall)

Installation date:  17th April 2014 (daytime and evening help much appreciated in order to cover the village)

19 December 2013

Kindness moves in mysterious ways



As mentioned in our previous post, there's been trouble at t'mill, but the KGB have been shown kindness from a most unexpected source - the Birstall Methodist Church. In true Christmassy style they have offered the homeless wrap sanctuary outside their church where its pockets are joyously filled with items for a delicious Christmas Dinner, complete with a vegetarian option knitted by a parishioner.

We were only too pleased to donate the wrap to the Church so that campaigning to raise awareness of food poverty could go on.  Go and take a look at what's inside and drop off some real food if you can.


Here's the official story.  We've asked the Zombies to be quiet for a while, but can still see them partying at the A6 Crossroads.



This year in the run up to Christmas the KGB members along with Little Bird SOS supported CASE and Tomorrow Together to collect food and other items in support of food banks across Leicester.  At least 10 hampers of food have been collected and will be distributed to local families in need this Christmas.  The KGB Agents managed to rustle up the above box full of food between them.  It was dropped off yesterday and received much appreciation and gratefulness.  Thank you.


Anyway, the original plan was to transform the KGB Beetlejuice tree so that it not only raised smiles within the local community, but also raises awareness of food poverty at Christmas.  It’s worrying that every day people in the UK go hungry. The rising costs of food and fuel combined with static income, unemployment and changes to benefits are forcing people to approach food banks for help.  Food banks provide emergency food, signposting and support in times of crisis and about a third of the people who receive the food are children.  Sadly, Leicester has seen a growing need for food banks from families and individuals living on the bread line.


Would you like to help?  Please go to http://www.fareshare.org.uk/ to find out more.  It may also be possible to leave food at the Birstall Methodist Church - we'll update you on that but the message is to give by whatever means appeal to you.


The main need is for essential food items such as pasta, rice, sugar, tea, coffee, breakfast cereals and soup.  Toiletry items such as soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes are also welcome.


Heartfelt thanks to the Birstall Methodist Church for taking in the Christmas Dinner Tree and allowing us to continue to raise awareness of this serious but simple need.




Merry Christmas from the Knitting Guerillas of Blighty (nee Birstall).

3 December 2013

The Beetlejuice Tree: A photographic extravaganza


So...who's missing the tree?  We know that some hard-hearted Birstall Blighters are probably doing little jiggy dances as the glorious black and white cover has GONE.  Can we have our cover back please?  On the good side though, we now have Parish Council provided dying trees clamped to our shop fronts, which are adorned with electricity glugging twinkly lights, perhaps powered by this glorious new wind turbine*.  None of which will distract any passing vehicles at all - oh no.

The weeks sillyness meant that our charitable Christmas yarnstorm, in aid of local Foodbank, has not yet happened as the black and white tree cover is simply not there to be transformed.  Trout Mask has been spent far too much time answering the most unfriendly emails but has nearly sorted out Plan B.  Meanwhile, The KGB will do an initial collection within their group tomorrow so that hungry families do not have crummies in their tummies this Christmas.

But - we don't want you to be worried or sad.  KGB agents are made of strong stuff and we have received some fabulous support from some wonderful people.  Thank you.  We will ride again.  We still hope to still arrange a food collection and raise awareness of food poverty, even amongst waged people, so that the world will be just that little bit better after all.

So, relax my dears, and enjoy these photos, taken by Trudie and Alanta from DeMontfort University, Leicester.  It was great of them to come along to document the process of the Yarnstorm and treat us to their photographic skills.  We hope that they perhaps took something away that will help them in their studies.  With a bit of luck, you'll see more from them, as Alanta is doing work experience with our erstwhile supporter, Little Bird SOS.  If you'd like to gain the skills to join the KGB in future fun, then Little Bird SOS is the place to go.

So - feast your eyes!

© Trudy Cleaver
© Trudy Cleaver
© Trudy Cleaver
© Alanta Lee

© Trudy Cleaver
© Trudy Cleaver

© Trudy Cleaver

© Trudy Cleaver

© Alanta Lee
(c) Alanta Lee

© Alanta Lee


© Trudy Cleaver

© Trudy Cleaver

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© Trudy Cleaver
© Alanta Lee
© Trudy Cleaver
© Trudy Cleaver
*For the record, we love wind turbines.

Alanta Lee and Trudy Cleaver documented the process but cannot be held responsible for this installation.  That's the pesky KGB, so please be nothing but nice to the photographers.