Her knitwear designs have been featured by Nike, Nicole Fahri and French Connection, but this Christmas the creative talents of top designer Caroline Adamiec will be on display at ‘Knitivity’ organized by students, staff, parents and friends of the Penrhyn Church School for the Angle Peninsula, Hundleton.
Under the firm direction of Caroline (née Gardner), the volunteer knitters were each equipped this week with yarn and needles for the festive knitting that will be unveiled on December 1st.
The Knitivity will feature all the main Nativity figures including Mary and Joseph, the three kings, shepherds and angels as well as a host of animals.
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“I put out a call for volunteers, hoping we would get enough people together to create the Knitivity, but the response has been fantastic,” Caroline said.
“As a result, it’s become a real community event.”
Caroline went on to say that following the recent closure of primary schools in Stackpole, Angle and Orielton, a considerable part of the community core has been lost.
‘Because children from each of these areas now attend Penrhyn Church School, we have taken this opportunity to try to bring back some of the community spirit,’ she said.
The knitters included members of the Angle Craft Group, a group of ladies from Hundelton and a former pupil from Stackpole Primary School who now lives in Oxfordshire but discovered the Knitathon via social media.
Caroline herself chose to knit a sheep.
“The sheep need to be made with the Snowflake yarn which is not the most popular yarn to use so I chose the short straw to help them out.”
After earning her master’s degree in knitting, Caroline Gardner became a well-respected name in the fashion industry throughout the 2000s with her menswear collections and launched her own brand, Caroline Gardner Knitwear.
She now lives near Hundleton with her husband and three young children, two of whom are pupils at Penrhyn School.
Each of the Knitivity figures will be around 30cm tall and will be knitted using Sirdar yarn funded by an ‘After Schools Club grant’ from Pembrokeshire County Council.
Each figurine must be completed by the end of November, and the Knitivity exhibit will be unveiled on December 1. She will stay at school until the children separate for their Christmas holidays.