Knitted Olympics – Walthamstow Wins!

If you like knitting and you like the Olympics, you are going to LOVE this blog post. If you also happen to enjoy a passionate love affair with Walthamstow, London – as I do – you may weep with happiness.

I owe this all to a local friend, who alerted me via Twitter. ‘Have you seen the knitted garden in Howard Road?’ she asked. (Thanks, Alessandra!) Seen it? I was out of the front door faster than you can say ‘Olympic Gold Medal’.

I wasn’t sure how I’d spot the house with the knitting. I needn’t have worried…

I knocked on the front door, but no one was in. So I scribbled a note with my contact details and put it through the letter box – I didn’t want to cavort around their garden, without at least trying to ask permission. Then I started cavorting! There were so many yummy photos to take.

HedgeRow-ing, anyone?

Butterfly on the lawn?

For the high jump?

Then the lovely nextdoor neighbour came out to take a photo of me with the knitted sport. I’m crouching because she found digital cameras slightly challenging to engage with. How kind of her to take a photo for me, though.

Isn’t this just the best thing you’ve seen in ages? There’s been quite a lot of press coverage, you can read items here and here. I have several friends who either live or have lived on this street, but I’ve never known any of them to make knitted street art. Come on, guys! Get with the programme.

If anyone else wants to knit their own Olympian, Mollie Makes has just released a free knitting pattern for a swimmer. You can find it here.

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33 Responses to Knitted Olympics – Walthamstow Wins!

  1. Trisha says:

    This… is… AMAZING! I might as well go home now, nothing else can top this today!

  2. Kerry says:

    So cool! I love all the effort that’s gone into it. You might also like this:

  3. Sam says:

    This is fantastic. The owner of my local yarn store posted a photo of this on Facebook the other day, but your photo’s are much better! How fabulous that you’ve actually seen it in the flesh, so to speak.

  4. Melizza says:

    This is absoFREAKING amazing. I want this knitter to be my friend.

  5. Helen says:

    That is brilliant – love it!

  6. LinB says:

    Truly awe-inspiring. This must have taken months and months to knit and sew and stuff.

  7. amberjena says:

    this is so creative!!! i’m in awe of the little details

  8. Anne W says:

    That’s soooo cute! Wow, mind blown!

  9. Brenda says:

    Very fun. Thanks for getting pictures for us.

  10. Yvonne (aka Northernknitter) says:

    What a fabulous display! My fav is the “hedge rowing” There’s some awesome Canadian rowers at the Olympics ready to take on the world! Thanks for giving us a front row view – Cheers

  11. molly says:

    this is just the coolest thing ever!!!

  12. thewallinna says:

    It is the best I’ve ever seen! I can only imagine how much work has been put into these little sportsmen!The crafter deserves Olympic Gold Medal 🙂

  13. gingermakes says:

    WOW. No words… I have no words.

  14. Carolyn says:

    Aww, how cute, and how much fun!!

  15. Funnygrrl says:

    That is amazing! I shared your post with a girl I met knitting at a music festival today. So good to see 20-something “kids” taking up handcrafts.

  16. Kat says:

    This is AMAZING!

  17. Pin Queen says:

    Great post and super pictures! What a huge amount of effort And so pleased it’s dry so people can see the results.

  18. Mrs M says:

    This made me think initially of the knitted Olympics I saw a few weeks back (, but I think this garden setting is better than a shop window. I love it!

  19. Summerflies says:

    I think this is the cutest Olympic (any yard art, really) that I have seen. Love it. Thanks for the photos!

  20. gccmomDeb H. says:

    This is awesome. Thanks for sharing! Someday, I am going to get to Walthamstow for a visit. Not sure how, but it is on my bucket list.

  21. The detail! Thanks for sharing

  22. Jo says:

    The Olympic yarn bomb is back on Saltburn Pier! You can find it via Google – Saltburn (for those who don’t know) is a small seaside town in North East England. The yarn bomb is fantastic really fun and so well done (they also did Jubilee one complete with corgis ), we are off to the seaside tomorrow to look at knitting!!!

  23. Fiona says:

    Amazing! I bought this ‘knitlympics’ book with patterns for knitting your own Olympians for my nan’s birthday a couple of weeks ago!
    I kicked myself that I hadn’t learnt to knot yet when I saw it! Very reasonably priced on amazon…

  24. Bold Sewist says:

    Absolutely brilliant!!!

  25. MariaDenmark says:

    Brilliant! Just brilliant!

  26. michelle says:

    Love it! Fits perfectly with the spirit of the ‘lympics!

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