The Knit 1 Bike 1 Charity Auction

Knit 1 Bike 1 Charity Auction

Janet gets home from the Knit 1 Bike 1 journey

The Knit 1 Bike 1 exhibition has toured Scotland for two years now.
It is a yarn and fibre chronicle of Janet’s knitty 800 mile cycle adventure round Scotland. The art work Janet created is now being auctioned as she does not want it to become a thing in the attic.

Everything from the Glenfinnan Viaduct to a cooked breakfast is being auctioned.  50% of the proceeds will go to the charity Labour Behind the Label. Thanks to Create With Fibre Community on Facebook for helping to choose the charity.

  • So here is how it works:
  • The auction will run from Weds 23rd May till 5pm on Tues 5th June 2018
  • 50% of the money raised will be donated to charity.
  • Those with winning bids will be informed on the evening of the 5th June if possible.
  • The items will be displayed here and in the Create With Fibre Community on Facebook.
    You can:
  • email Janet on mail@createwithfibre.co.uk to make a bid.  (copy and paste email address)
  • Or phone her on 01292 550393.
  • Or can give a written bid at the exhibition itself.  (Final exhibition Dalmellington ayrshire 23-31 May 2018)
  • Janet will update people regularly with how much is bid on each item, in the Create With Fibre Community on Facebook and on this blog.
  • Postage at cost will be added to the price bid.  If more than one item is won,  postage will be charged at cost for the total number of items rather than per item.
  • If you are outside the UK and want to know the postage cost email Janet before bidding.
  • The wininng bidders will be informed by email at the end of the auction.

Item number one:  The Isle of Mull Ferry. 

Reserve price £5  plus £2.95 uk p&p
email Janet on mail@createwithfibre.co.uk to make a bid.

Janet travelled on a number of ferries and this was one of them.  the Isle of Mull was very welcoming and hosted two Knit 1 Bike 1 workshops, one at Tobermory and the other at Loch Don.  The crocheted ferry is crocheted around polystyrene and comes with a crocheted ‘sea’.  Approximate size of actual ferry 14 inches35cm long, 7 inches/17.5cm wide. 8 inches/20cm tall.

The Isle of Mull ferry. Crocheted in cotton mix yarn with a multi yarn ‘sea’

Item two:  Strawberry sponge cake

Reserve price £5 plus £2.95 uk p&p

email Janet on mail@createwithfibre.co.uk to make a bid.

At a Knit 1 Bike 1 workshop for Mallaig knitters, there was more cake than you ever saw!    A strawberry spongecake was the centre piece and the group challenged Janet to crochet it.  It comes complete with a stiffened plate and is stuffed with sheeps wool.  approximate size 7 inches/17.5 cm across

strawberry spongecake, crocheted to celebrate the yummy one at the Mallaig workshop

Item 3:  A cooked Breakfast reserve price £5 plus £2.95 uk p&p

email Janet on mail@createwithfibre.co.uk to make a bid.

Eventually Janet learned that cheap food was to be had at truckers stops and community cafes.  The cooked breakfast at the truck stop Newtonmore was amazing – so she crocheted it.  It comes attached to a crocheted and stiffened plate so can be hung on the wall if desired.  approximate size 8 inches/20cm across.

crocheted cooked breakfast on plate. Can be hung on the wall!

Item 4:  Empire biscuits and gypsy cream 

reserve price £5 plus 2.95 uk p&p

email Janet on mail@createwithfibre.co.uk to make a bid.

Janet does not usually eat cake but on this journey she ate a lot because she got so hungry!  This celebrates all the wonderful tea shops and their cakes, especially Powmill milk bar near Kinross.  Each biscuit is approx 3 inches/7.5 cm across

empire biscuits & gypsy cream Powmill milk bar

Item 5: packet of smoked salmon reserve price £5 plus 2.95 uk p&p

email Janet on mail@createwithfibre.co.uk to make a bid.

Janet hates waste and when she saw a packet of smoked salmon at the side of the road she just had to crochet it!  It was quite a challenge to do so, especially the writing and the actual salmon inside the packet…  suitable for hanging on the wall.  approx dimensions 7 inches/17.5cm x 5 inches/12.5cm

packet of smoked salmon, as found at the side of the road

Item 6: Montage of tree, tent, bike and road, with rock and dry stone dyke/wall  reserve price £7 plus 2.95 uk p&p

email Janet on mail@createwithfibre.co.uk to make a bid.

having camped about a third of the time on this trip, janet grew to love the tent.  This celebrates the atmosphere of the journey and comes complete with midges on the tent.   The bike is mostly knitted, the rest crocheted.   The bike is attached to the tree and the tree to its base.  The tree is stuffed with sheeps wool, the tent and rock with foam.  approximate size including road (which doubles the length of the piece) is 30 inches/57cm wide, 14 inches/35cm deep and 9 inches/22.5cm tall.  there is a metal stand under the base with a spike which goes up through the tree.

tree, bike and tent at the side of the road, complete with midges.

Item 7: seals on rock  reserve price £7 plus uk 2.95 p&p

email Janet on mail@createwithfibre.co.uk to make a bid.

Janet went on a boat trip from Plockton to see these seals, sitting on a rock out at sea.  They come with a background of the Isle of skye and a crocheted sea base.  The seals are attached to the foam filled rock, the Cuillins are stuffed with sheeps wool.  approximate size of whole piece is 20 inches/50cm wide and 12 inches/30cm deep

seals on rocks with the Isle of Skye in the background with crocheted sea

Item 8: sheeps head reserve price £5 plus 2.95 uk p&p

email Janet on mail@createwithfibre.co.uk to make a bid.

having found a sheep’s skull on the beach, Janet decided to crochet a new sheep’s head using the skull.  the horns are crocheted with a mixture of hand spun Blue Faced Leicester wool and silk, the head with a cotton mix.  apporximate size is 6 inches/15cm wide and 7 inches/17.5cm  long

Item 9: limpets and mussels on rocks

reserve price £4  plus £2.95 uk p&p

email Janet on mail@createwithfibre.co.uk to make a bid.

There were many beaches on this journey, on the West coast, on islands and then on the East coast of Scotland.  Collecting shells on the way inspired these crocheted pieces of shells and seaweed on rocks, with a crocheted, textured ‘sand’ base.  Stuffed with sheeps wool and crocheted with a mixture of hand dyed, hand spun and New Lanark wool with some cotton mix and other yarns as well.  Each rock is apporximately 6 inches/15cm across

Item 10: Mobile library reserve price £5 plus £2.95 uk p&p

email Janet on mail@createwithfibre.co.uk to make a bid.

Mobile libraries are just so Scottish and are to be seen throughout rural Scotlan and the Islands.   This one was spotted on the Island of Arran and the books can be seen through the open door at the back.  It is crocheted from a cotton mix yarn with a piece of shaped foam as a filler.  the wheels are also crocheted and then stiffened.   Add knitted road as an additional bid below.  No additional postage charge if purchased along with this item.   Approx size length 10 inches/25cm, height 5 inches/12.5cm, width 4 inches/10cm

A mobile library

Item 11:  mobile bank reserve price £5 plus £2.95 uk p&p

email Janet on mail@createwithfibre.co.uk to make a bid.

mobile bank on knitted road

mobile banks are another feature of rural Scotland and this one was spotted at Kilmory on Arran.   Just as well as Janet did not see another bank for many days.  With no mobile or internet signal in the area, she was able to withdraw money by using a bank card as ID!  Add knitted road as additional bid below.  No additional  postage charge if purchased along with this item.  Approx size length 10 inches/25cm, height 5 inches/12.5cm, width 4 inches/10cm

Item 12: Knitted road  reserve price £3 plus £2.95 uk p&p

email Janet on mail@createwithfibre.co.uk to make a bid.

the knitted road goes with the mobile library and mobile bank and can be bidded on along with either or both.  Or on its own if you like.  It is knitted in New Lanark Aran/sport weight yarn with a crocheted border in handspun yarn created by an elderly Swiss woman in the 1970s.   The bends are made by knitting a series of short rows.  Length approx 5 feet/1.5m

mobile bank and mobile library on a knitted road

Item 13: knitted and crocheted dandelions

reserve price £5  plus £2.95 uk p&p

email Janet on mail@createwithfibre.co.uk to make a bid.

Dalmellington Knit n Blether and other knitting groups helped to create the flowers in this exhibition, just like the ones found on the verges throughout Scotland.  These ones are knitted and crocheted.  The stems are made from pipe cleaners.  height approx 6 inches/15cm

knitted and crocheted dandelions

Item 14: knitted bluebells and foxgloves with bee

reserve price £5 plus 2.95 uk p&p

email Janet on mail@createwithfibre.co.uk to make a bid.

The local knitting group helped to make these flowers as above and the bee is a cute addition.  The stems are made from pipe cleaners.

Height approx 9 inches/22cm

knitted bluebells and foxgloves

Item 15: knitted worms reserve price £3 for both plus £1 uk p&p

email Janet on mail@createwithfibre.co.uk to make a bid.

as a rescuer and lover of worms Janet re-homed lots of them that were stranded on the road during the Knit 1 Bike 1 journey.  She just had to knit some therefore!    These are made using a technique called knitted I-cord with Rowan yarn.   they are about 4 inches/10cm long.

Knitted worms

Item 16: two knitted caterpillars 

reserve price £3 for both plus £1 uk p&p

these cute hairy caterpillars measure approx 3 inches/7.5cm and 4 inches/10cm respectively.  they are sold as a pair.    they are the kind of caterpillars that romp across the road in front of you when cycling!  The smaller one is donated by a member of the Dalmellington Knit n Blether group.

Item 17: Crocheted spider £1.50 plus £1 uk p&p

Another of the wonderful insects seen on the Knit 1 bike 1 adventure.  it is so easy to spot small creatures from a bicycle.  approx dimensions

Item 18: the Glenfinnan Viaduct  Reserve price £20 uk p&p £10

email Janet on mail@createwithfibre.co.uk to make a bid.

The Viaduct is the centrepiece of the exhibition.  It consists of a crocheted, 21 arch viaduct in three sections which velcro together.  This is on a crocheted grass base, with a spike stand going from under the ‘grass’ and through every second leg of the viaduct.  There are also foam filled mountains at either end.  Length 14feet/4.2m;  height 12 inches/30cm. the train is velcroed to the top and velcro attaches the mountains at either side.  when dismantled the whole thing fits into a large stacker box.

Glenfinnan Viaduct with train

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