In the last few days a couple of unusual knitting challenges have captured my attention.
Knit a herring
The first knitting challenge is part of "Follow the Herring", which will tour the East coast of England and Southern Scotland. The project combines performance, song and visual arts - and people can get involved in all sorts of ways (follow the Get Involved tab on the website). This is also where you'll find the pattern for knitting a herring, complete with fins, which is to be made in a limited range of colours so that the results represent “the silver of the sea”. Local craft groups along the route (for example, in my area the Berwick Arts and Crafts Group) are involved - find out more via the map under the Venues tab
Knit welly socks
The Great Welly Sock Challenge is associated with "Row St Kilda to Skye" in which a group of Skye men will row 100 miles from St Kilda to Skye to raise money for the RNLI and Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers. The welly sock pattern created for the event can be downloaded here, where you'll also find instructions about what to do with your completed socks.