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About this project

Knit 1 Bike 1 Janet’s proposed book and exhibition - based on a cycling, yarn and writing journey around Scotland – June – Aug 2015

Cycle round Scotland and leave the car at home!  -  Scottish textile artists unite!-  Create artwork with fibre and yarn!  Connect with others  by giving free workshops!  Have an exhibition! AND write a book about it all.  That's Janet's vision for Knit 1 Bike 1...

Planning for the project
Planning is well advanced and the idea has been well received.  Janet has a publisher for the book ( lowimpact.org who published her previous book).   She has provisional bookings for 4 exhibitions of the artwork she will create about the journey and confirmed bookings for 16 mini workshops all over Scotland.   Many people have offered her a bed for the night and support with route planning in their area.  The project is becoming well known in Scotland and word has spread mainly by word of mouth and Facebook!

Press Coverage & Publicity For Knit 1 Bike 1

Knit 1 Bike 1 has been getting some good press coverage.  There have been articles in the Scottish Sunday Post, the Huffington Post and Yarnmaker magazine. (Yarnmaker is not available on line.)

lowimpact.org have featured Knit 1 Bike 1 on their blog and Brompton who made the bike Janet will use, will be featuring her on their blog shortly. 

Galleries for the Knit 1 Bike 1 Exhibition

Four galleries have expressed interest in the proposed exhibition.  The Doon Valley Museum East Ayrshire, Rozelle House South Ayrshire, Catstrand New Galloway and Dalmally Station Argyll. 

A knitted version of Janet's Brompton bicycle
A knitted version of Janet's Brompton bicycle

Knit 1 bike 1 larger events

Janet will launch Knit 1 Bike 1 by holding a giant Stitch n Bitch  at Knockengorrock World Ceilidh  Dumfries & Galoway Scotland, in May 2015 - a month before she sets off on her journey.

There will be a major Knit 1 bike 1 event at Woolfeis, the Scottish wool festival in Argyll and another at Broughton Spinners Gathering in Lanarkshire.  

A Bit More About the Project Itself

Janet will deliver mini workshops and talks all around Scotland.  16 bookings are confirmed, including Burns Cottage Ayr, the Birnam Institute, Kilmartin Museum and Fluph yarn shop.

She will knit and crochet whatever she sees on her travels, such as cars, frogs, slugs, takeaway cartons, midges,  wildlife, and mountains.

Janet has already crocheted a Brompton folding bicycle like the one she will use to get around Scotland, several worms, caterpillars, sheeps horns, spiders...

knitted worms enjoying the sunshine
knitted worms enjoying the sunshine
one of those furry caterpillars that wanders across the road...
one of those furry caterpillars that wanders across the road...
And here's a spider
And here's a spider

Kickstarter funding will enable her to put in the huge amount of time this project needs in order to develop the art work and write the book.

Janet's progress on her journey can be followed on her blog www.createwithfibre.blogspot.com

and on her Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Create-With-Fibre/295200617166240?ref=hl 

Her previous book 'How to Spin Just About Anything'  was published by Lowimpact.org who will also publish this one. She is an experienced crocheter, knitter and provider of workshops as well loving to get on her bike. Visit her website www.createwithfibre.co.uk

Risks and challenges

1. Doing more camping and cycling than Janet has done before.
2. Creating the knitted and crocheted work - a bit of brain work needed to figure out how to make things like the ferry to the Island of Mull, mountains, lochs and of course a road.
3. The midges! (small biting flies found in Scotland from May to September).
4. And then of course writing a book about it.
5. To be honest getting funding is a huge challenge too...

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    an e mailed copy of a picture of Janet on her bike and a FREE chapter from the book e mailed to you. If the book is available sooner the reward will be sent sooner.

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    A framed needle felt picture made by Janet. Frame is contemporary black and 11x10cm

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    A signed hard copy of the Knit 1 Bike 1 book will be sent to you when it is published, between December 2015 and April 2016.

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    A signed hard copy of the Knit One Bike One book PLUS either a pattern to make one the Knit 1 Bike 1 items Janet creates on her journey OR an e-copy of one of her booklets, 'Spinning Fancy Yarns' or 'Natural Dyeing'

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    A signed hard copy of the Knit 1 Bike 1 book, a signed photo of Janet on her journey, plus one of the pieces that Janet crocheted from what she saw on her journey. examples may be a crocheted sheep, caterpillar bird or scenery.

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    A signed hard copy of Jane't book plus a workshop with Janet at your home. Choose from any of the ones she does, a list will be sent to you.

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    A signed hard copy of Jane't book plus a two day personal retreat with Janet at her home, residential or day.

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