The Knitting Nanas are a group in Australia that has been protesting mining operations by staging knit-ins at various locations, most recently at a bank that funds such operations. The group has been staging protest for two years, and this time were sitting in support of 350 org, which has staged protests at banks across Australia because of their funding of gas mining.
A different kind of public knitting has been happening in Bury and Bolton (that’s in the UK), where a woman has been knitting sheep and leaving them around town and beyond in the hope people will find them and be encouraged to learn more about organ donation. Joyce Herdson came up with the idea when she was recovering from a double lung transplant that saved her life after she was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. People who find the sheep can share their finds on Facebook, and knitters can learn how they can spread the word, too.
Finally, an Irish knitting group has stitched up a 3D model of their hometown of Rialto, which is a southside suburb of Dublin. About 20 knitters took a year to complete the project, which features apartment buildings, the movie theater and more iconic buildings. It’s on display at the Mansion House, where they presented a wooly version of the home to the mayor.
[Photo by Damien Eagers, via the Independent.]