Saturday, June 14, 2008

Treasure Hunt!

Kirsty and Lara and I made up a team for iKnit's Treasure Hunt today (for world-wide knit in public day). There were a whopping 61 questions, many quite cryptic and a few knit-themed anagrams, which took us all over central London. We had a lovely walk about town, saw all the main tourist attractions, stumbled across a giant Thai festival in Trafalgar Square, spotted an amazing fly-over of vintage military planes and er, ran into a naked cycling demonstration, as apparently it was also world-wide cycle naked day (I didn't spot anyone combining the two events).

We had to knit a 15-st wide scarf in DK yarn while we walked around - there was a bonus prize for the longest bit of knitting. I can't believe how long some of the completed scarves were, London has some fast knitters. There were also bonus points for photo-challenges, evidence of some are below (more on flickr).

Challenge: To knit with a celebrity (we cheated a bit outside the National Portrait gallery). A couple of people got Terry Pratchett!

Celeb knitting

Challenge: To knit on a Routemaster bus (i.e. the oldskool pretty ones). The conductor was absolutely delighted to see knitting.

kirsty knitting on a routemaster!

Challenge: Knit in London landmarks starting with the letters P U R & L. This is P for Public Telephone Box.

phone box knitting

... and U for Urinal. I love this photo. But I am a child and love all pee jokes.

we(e) knit

Challenge: To find a street name relating to knitting. We cheated a bit again, with the aid of the magnetic strip of a travelcard. We also had 'The Cut', with a photo mimicking steeking.

wool street (well, wooden...)

We were absolutely exhausted by the end, but it was *ooodles* of fun and great to finally meet Lara. A perfect day off from thesis-editing. Thanks so much to Gerard and Craig for organising it.


The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Looks like a great day of knitting mayhem!

Knittripps said...

That sounds like a lot of fun! I am sure the event raised a few eyebrows across the city.

Felix said...

That sounds just absolutely marvellous! I'm glad you all had a great day!

tiffany... said...

oh my... this looks like so much fun!

you make me miss london so much!

startare said...

That's swinging London for you. Here in Marseille we only sat sedately in a park:(
But at least something happened!

kv said...

that looks like so much fun! and glad to see you got some decent weather for it!

Veronique said...

Cycle naked day?! Hee hee! You didn't take any pictures?
Looks like you had a blast, and the treasure hunt is such a fun idea.

Rose said...

What fun! Thanks for sharing!!

Kara said...

Um, how awesome is that?! What a perfect day to spend a day.

BTW...thanks for finding my blog and commenting. I love discovering new blogs, and yours is adorable.

Specs said...

This is so cool! I didn't KIP at all on WWKIPD, but I would have if there had been a scavenger hunt involved.

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