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Tuesday, 3 June 2014

The Woolly Squadron Returns!

A member of the Woolly Squadron visiting Conwy Castle, NPRN: 12

The Britain from Above project is running another Knit for Britain from Above campaign as part of the World Wide Knit in Public Day and we’d like you to be a part of it.

The Britain from Above website is a unique collection of around 70,000 aerial photographs taken over Britain between 1919 and 1953 by the company Aerofilms Ltd. It provides the opportunity for everyone to explore and share their knowledge and memories about the places shown in the photographs.

Some of the pictures on the website are over 90 years old and show how landscapes and towns have changed spectacularly over time. The Knit for Britain from Above project is an opportunity not only to show off your craft skills but also to find out more about your local area and how it changed during the twentieth century. 
An Aerofilms image from 1923. This image may be found on the website Britain from Above.
Joining in is easy.

Step 1. Knit a plane. Use our pattern or make up your own. The sky is the limit to your creativity …

Step 2. Go to to find images near you and pick a favourite spot. Make the most of a sunny moment and head out there with your plane to take a picture. If you like, leave your knitted masterpiece for other people to enjoy.

Step 3. Upload your picture to our Knit for Britain from Above group on to join the ranks of your fellow yarnstormers.

You can even come along to the free live knitting event at the National Wool Museum in Dre-Fach Felindre, near Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire on Saturday 14 June, 11am-3pm!

Last year knitted planes were spotted in locations across Wales, including Bangor, Caernarfon and Newport - you can see what they got up to here:

Where will the woolly squadron fly this year?

An example of one of the Woolly Squadron knitted last year.
Prime your needles and wind your wool and get ready to take off with Knit for Britain from Above!

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