The West Yorkshire Playhouse are celebrating the Grand Depart in a wholly original way – by crocheting a series of bikes that are Yorkshire through and through.

With the Grand Depart coming to Yorkshire this year, West Yorkshire Playhouse are inviting you to crochet the very best of Yorkshire across a series of ten bikes, which will then be placed along the Grand Depart route later this year.

Travelling the region, prolific crafter Cassandra Kilbride is travelling the region and creating one bike per city, celebrating the best that Yorkshire has to offer. York, for example, decorated their bikes in Viking armour with Celtic symbols, representing the ancient history of their region.

Barnsley were lucky enough to crochet the ‘Yummy Yorkshire’ bike, covered in the regions most famous exports – Yorkshire puddings, Yorkshire Tea, liquorice and Ossett Brewery’s real ale.

When the Woolly Bike trail workshop comes to West Yorkshire Playhouse on Wednesday 19th March, us Leeds folk will be crocheting as many white roses as we can; every single one as unique as the other. It might not sound as fun as crocheting a pint or a Viking helmet, but in a way, it’s just as important, seen as it’s the symbol of Yorkshire itself.

Preview: Woolly Bike Trail Workshop at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Other bikes in the series will represent Yorkshire’s industrial heritage, literary icons such as Dracula and the Bronte sisters, sports and the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales. Hepworth’s bike looks to be the most unique, with their project celebrating two of the regions most famous icons – the flatcap and the whippet.

Taking place until June, the bikes will be displayed together in Sheffield until July, before returning to their different places of origin, creating a trail that connects all ten towns with the crocheters, knitters and ‘yarn stormers’ that have contributed.

It’s a unique activity and whilst it might sound a bit of a push at first – linking crocheting with cycling – but it’s arguably the most important event that could be happening in the region as part of Yorkshire Festival 2014. Especially seen as every single bike will be hand crafted using yarn from Yorkshire sheep.

The workshop is open to everyone, and don’t worry if you’re crocheting skills aren’t that great – they say it’s as easy as riding a bike.

The Woolly Bike Trail Workshop takes place at West Yorkshire Playhouse on Wednesday 19th March 2014. Entry is free.

Images used copyright Cass Kibride

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