Posted on Monday, July 13 2009 at 9am
You've probably heard of the Angel of the North, the 200 tonne sculpture which overlooks the M1 near Newcastle, but have you heard about artist Antony Gormley's latest project, One & Other?
It's a living art project where members of the public have been invited to stand on the fourth plinth in London's Trafalgar Square for an hour. Every hour, a new person steps up, day and night for 100 days.
Each person can do whatever they like – as long as it's legal – while on the plinth, and we were delighted to hear that several knitters have signed up, so there will be some clicking needles as the project progresses.
Joy McMillan, the dyeing hands behind Knitting Goddess yarn, is one of the yarnie folk involved. She'll be on the plinth on Thursday 6th August, from 3am to 4am, and plans to spend the time re-skeining her handyed yarn.
And it's not just any yarn – Joy is creating a special, one-off sock yarn featuring the eleven colours of the London Underground lines.
Joy hopes to raise awareness and money for the Mirasol Project and will be adding the skeins she re-skeins to other goodies to create 10 fab prizes.
Each ticket costs £5 and all proceeds will go to the Mirasol Project to establish a boarding house for children in a remote, fibre-producing region of Peru to provide support children of alpaca shepherds by providing health care, meals and education support.
Find out more about Joy's project or make a donation at Giving Through Knitting.
One & Other started on 6 July and runs to 14 October 2009. You can visit the living art work at any time, day or night, or watch the live feed online. Several other knitters are involved and a list is growing in the Woolly Thoughts group on Ravelry.