News: Yarn-bombed Christmas tree to double as blankets for homeless

Bristol24/7, December 15, 2016

Knitters and crocheters at a church in Stoke Gifford have made more than 800 wooly green squares to decorate their Christmas tree, which once the festive season is over will be recycled into blankets for local homeless charities.

The St Michael’s Yarn Bombers have been joined by dozens of knitters from across Bristol and even a knitter from Washington DC who sent three squares for the six-foot high tree.

848 different green squares have been stacked into to the woolly Christmas tree

Kia Harris, one of the leaders of St Michael’s Yarn Bombers, said: “Involving so many people is helping us to celebrate Christmas as a whole community, and very soon our work will be making a real difference to homeless people in Bristol as well.”

The group estimate they have enough knitted squares to make more than 10 warm blankets which will be donated to Emmaus Bristol and the Julian Trust Night Shelter.

While the knitted tree is now finished, it’s not too late for more squares to be added to the project. Contributions need to be six inches (15cm) square, made from any yarn, in any stitch. Donations can be dropped into the St Michael’s Church Office on North Road, Stoke Gifford. For more information, visit bit.ly/SMYB2016

 

Photos by Rob Wicks

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