Monday, 5 October 2009

Happy 100th, Poetry Society

So it's not 'til Thursday, but the Poetry Society here in the UK will soon be 100. I had the lovely opportunity to help out with their major celebratory project - the giant knitted poem - in their offices last week. It is a HUGE project. All the letters (although not all the numbers) were finished and were being sewn together in lines first (9.5 metre long lines) and then sewn horizontally to connect all the lines into stanzas, and so on. I put in 6 hours one day and another 3 hours another day, but many others were working much longer hours to get this project done in time for the press to get snaps of it in time for National Poetry Day.

Here's a few pictures I took to illustrate just how huge a project this really is:

A lovely stitcher breaking her back to get the project done in time!

A ridiculously long (9.5 metre) line from the poem.

Just two of the many lines of the poem rolled up and ready to be sewn together into stanzas.

As far as I know, the first opportunity to see the finished poem will be at the British Library piazza on Wednesday - so fingers crossed it doesn't rain, right?

I will be far away in Bavaria, so won't be able to see it finished in person sadly. Leaving way too early tomorrow morning, but looking forward to the mountains, beer and yarn-hunting. Mmmmm....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see the poem all put together - very exciting! Have lots of fun and safe travels on your trip.