Have you heard the one about the Vale Mayor and the Barry Hookers
12:02pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
THE Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan, Councillor Margaret Wilkinson, met up with the Barry Hookers recently to thank them for their support in a charity project for Age Cymru.
The ladies have agreed to knit or crotchet little bobble hats which will appear on Innocent smoothie bottles in Sainsbury's stores across Wales. Age Cymru will receive a donation for every smoothie hat knitted.
The Barry Hookers were formed after being involved in this years Barry Arts Festival with yarn bombing. As a result of public interest and the huge uptake in the town, individuals from Barry and the Vale contributed to an exhibition, staged in Art Central and the trees in King Square were embellished with colourful crochet and knitting. After a very successful exhibition and many thanks to Tracey Harding, manager of Art Central and Katherine Owen and Alison Singleton from Barry Library the group decided to continue as a crochet, craft and social group, naming themselves the Barry Hookers.
After three months the yarn bombed trees in King Square began to look sad and grubby and work which took hours of patience and creativity to put together, was cut down within twenty minutes by two members of the group. The positive outcome of this was a trip to the George Thomas Hospice shop in Holton Road, where the sad remains were enthusiastically received for recycling.
The group now meet weekly on a Wednesday from 10am-noon at Coffee Cove on Barry Island where the owner, Pete Lee, has welcomed and encouraged them to make themselves at home. As a gesture of thanks, the ladies decided to create a masterpiece for one of the walls of his café and wine bar. The collage embodies their perceptions of Barry and uses reclaimed and recycled materials wool, beads, fabric, driftwood and netting.
Pat Temple-Murray, one of the founders, says: "We hope it will give pleasure to future customers and that they will explore the picture and appreciate the hidden details.
"We will always be looking for new projects as well as doing our own individual crafting (including patchwork and quilting) and are happy to be working alongside the U3A who will be joining us once a month from September. Anyone else interested in joining us should just come along to Coffee Cove on a Wednesday morning."
If you would like to take part in the Big Knit 2013 contact Emma Lionel of Age Cymru on 029 20431555.