WE need more wool and creative knitters.
That’s the message from The Royal Navy Museum, which has been getting community groups to create a colourful scarf to go around the conning tower of HMS Alliance.
As previously reported, residents from all over Gosport have been busy creating squares which will be knitted together before the whole thing is wrapped around the boat so it’s kept warm this winter.
Members of Priddys Purlers and Knitter Knatterers knitting groups have made 60ft of the scarf – but it’s hoped more people will get involved and help it get to 150ft.
Though the circumference of the tower is about 88ft, the museum wants the scarf to be baggy in places so it can be tied up.
Around 35 groups are already involved in the project.
The scheme has been launched by the museum in a bid to get the community involved in the restoration of the boat.
Gareth Brettell, the museum’s learning manager said: ‘HMS Alliance is undergoing a £7m conservation project, which alongside the actual restoration, enables us to involve our local community. The knitters of Gosport have taken up our challenge by knitting a giant scarf, we just need more wool.
‘If more people want to take part, they still can.’
Alison Walton, head of Priddys Purlers, said: ‘As a knitting group we’re used to doing things together – but it’s nice that so many other people are getting involved too.
‘We haven’t contributed to a community project before.
‘It will be great to see the scarf finished and up there.’
Valerie Ford, who has been knitting for 40 years, said: ‘When Gareth came to us about this, I thought it was a brilliant idea.’
Staff have visited groups with items from exhibitions so they can learn more about maritime history. The giant scarf is planned to be ready by the end of November and it will be unveiled at a special Christmas event at the museum on December 12. It starts at 2pm.
Donations can be taken to the museum. Alternatively, arrange things in advance with Gareth by calling him on (023) 9254 5033 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org