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Knit A River

Knit A River - a campaign to raise awareness of the 1.1 billion people without access to safe water.

Between May 2006 and July 2007 I Knit joined with WaterAid to mobilise knitters worldwide to create the world's first knitted petition - a huge river of knitted blue squares...

Pile of squares

With a total estimated at almost 100,000, squares were knitted and donated from all corners of the globe - from individual squares, intricately decorated and embroidered to blankets from schools, community groups, WIs and groups of friends - as far and wide as Singapore, Australia and the USA.

The London head office of WaterAid was quickly awash with bags and bags of blue knitting!

Squares included fish, ships, swans, sea horses and more!

The sole purpose of the project was to create something to show off at WaterAid events as a means to grab public attention and to engage people with their vital work.

Thanks to the many people who volunteered to sew these tiny squares together the river has been used at a number of events since 2006 to support WaterAid's campaigns team, always attracting attention!

The river at the National Theatre

On Saturday 14th July the largest part of the river to be shown so far appeared draped like a waterfall from the roof of the National Theatre on London's South Bank. Part of the theatre's annual Watch This Space festival, WaterAid volunteers engaged with passers-by and handed out information about the End Water Poverty campaign.

It was a spectacular sight!

at Dutch Stitch 'n Bitch Day 2006 The river has also been seen at shows across the UK and abroad, including the Dutch Stitch 'n Bitch Day in Rotterdam 2006, Unravel at Bracknell (2006), Jubilee Gardens in London (2006), Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace (2007) the first UK Stitch 'n Bitch Day (2007), and many others. Parts of the river will continue to be used to promote WaterAid at future events.
The river marched along Whitehall The river's finest hour came in May 2007 when, just ahead of the G8 summit in Germany, over 200 knitters, WaterAid staff and supporters carried a swathe of the knitted river along Albert Embankment, across Lambeth Bridge and into Parliament Square and Whitehall, the home of the British government. Afterwards a small section of the 'petition' was handed over to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, calling for pressure on the G8 to End Water Poverty.
Click here to view the photo gallery The 'Knit a River' project is possibly the largest knitting project ever undertaken, with thousands of knitters and stitchers equally responsible for this incredible 'work of art'. We can't thank everyone individually, but we have created a photo album which includes pictures of the river, individual squares and some of those who took part. Click on the image, left, to view just a fraction of the work...

 

Click here to visit WaterAid

WaterAid is an international charity. Their mission is to overcome poverty by enabling the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. They work with local communities in 17 countries in Africa and Asia.

To find out more about getting involved with WaterAid click on the image to visit their official website.

Gerard at the Chelsea Flower Show (left)

Volunteering for WaterAid can offer unusual and rewarding experiences!

 

<Gerard Allt from I Knit London at the Chelsea Flower Show 2006. (He's the tap).