UPdate: It took several months to complete the Knit 1 Bike 1 artwork after Janet returned home from her ten week bicycle and art tour. The first exhibition took place Oct – Dec 2016 at the textile tower house hawick. Here is the completed crocheted Glenfinnan Viaduct, with the train on top. Whilst transferring to the new blog, this post was updated to include photos of the construction and development of the viaduct. Getting it to stand up independently was the hardest thing and Janet’s hubby Lee was technical advisor and engineer, finally sorting it with medium tensile fence wire!
On the date this post was first written, the Sunday Post newspaper came to photograph the crocheted Glenfinnan Viaduct. Here’s what she wrote at the time – it seems weird now that so much has happened since, all the art work is pretty much completed and the first exhibition has taken place. Here is the Viaduct in the exhibition.
It was not finished by a long shot but with a big push this week, all three sections and 21 arches will now stand up. Have stuffed it, stiffened the legs with Paverpol and used alloy rods threaded through to get the curve. The curve will be more accurate once it is attached to the base. It had to be in three sections that velcro together due to it being 12ft/4m long. Now to crochet the base, some mountains and of course a train for the top.
Can you spot the knitted Brompton bicycle like the one I cycled round Scotland on in the photo below?
Janet posing at the end of our street(!) with several onlookers whilst the Sunday Post took her photo.
The Viaduct was actually held up by tent pegs at the rear, although it did stand up when it was finally completed. it was months of work.
Crocheting the train at the pub in a campsite. It was so easy to do compared to the viaduct itself.
The base and arches drying in the garden.
The first few arches. They were now 3 dimensional but I still had no idea whether the plan would work out.