Take a wander around a knitted wonderland

Photo: Karl Sinfield, http://sinfield.org/
Photo: Karl Sinfield, http://sinfield.org/

NEW MILLS, home to confectionery giant Swizzels Matlow, will next month be transformed into a magical knitted wonderland as part of the New Mills Community Festival.

Local graffiti knitters will be creating a Woolly Wander Yarn Trail, with the town adorned with knitted Swizzels Matlow sweets, lollipops, chews and cupcakes, decorating shop fronts, trees and lamp posts.

The trail will extend down New Mills’ High Street, onto Albion Road and into the Torrs. Visitors will be encouraged to pick up a map at New Mills Originals gallery and follow the knitted trail.

Artist Lyn Bannister, one of the coordinators of the knitting circle, has been amazed at the creative talent and enthusiasm of local knitters.

She said: “The smell of Swizzels sweets is a very distinctive and well-loved aspect of living here, so as well as the natural beauty of New Mills, sweets seemed an obvious theme. People I don’t even know have been turning up at my door with beautifully knitted giant lollies on sticks or knitted sweets to hang in trees. Everyone has got into the festival spirit and it’s been a lot of fun making these comical decorations to celebrate the town.”

Sarah-Louise, marketing manager at Swizzels Matlow, added: “We are delighted that Woolly Wander is celebrating the 70-year association between Swizzels Matlow and New Mills.”