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Members Denise Lloyd and Erica Long also helped crochet the 50-odd mandalas and sewed them onto a piece of shade cloth.

Ramsgate Knit Twits, headed-up by multi-talented Hazel Voice, has done it again.

This time – on International Yarn Bombing Day on June 11- they erected colourful and beautiful mandalas to cover a gap on the Little Billy River bridge.

Four years ago, Sharon Smith who worked at Tom, Dick and Harry Pub and Grill, crashed through the railings of the bridge and plunged into the lagoon and died.

Hazel said the group decided to cover the large gap in the bridge as it not only looked awful, but was a danger to children, animals and people who used it.

Members Denise Lloyd and Erica Long also helped crochet the 50-odd mandalas and sewed them onto a piece of shade cloth.

The jolly handcraft on the bridge has attracted a lot of attention from locals and visitors alike.

“Although this is a provincial road our local municipality should be ashamed of themselves for not getting the bridge repaired. It’s four years after the accident and the bridge has not been fixed.”

Hazel’s sentiments highlight the general unhappiness with regards to the state of bridges on the coast. There are many unsafe and broken bridges that are in desperate need of repairs.

She is also inspiring others not to let the Covid-19 pandemic get you down. “We have to keep busy and be positive,” she added.

Yarn bombing (or yarnbombing) is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.

Last year, the women took part in yarn bombing by displaying mandalas on the other side of the bridge, but have since taken it down as it started to look tatty, and Hazel was worried it would fall into the river.

What is a mandala?
Mandalas contain symbolic geometric designs, which can be simple, intricate or complex, the mandala is often used to teach about spirituality and one’s place in the universe. Mandalas are believed to represent different aspects of the universe such as unity, wholeness, harmony and our relation to infinity.

In 2011, Hazel opened her doors to ‘Hazels’s World Of Miniatures’ in Ramsgate, which is her private collection of handcrafted and vintage miniatures displayed in old clock cases, new and old wooden boxes, miniature houses and street scenes. This has attracted a lot of marvel from around the world.

Hazel always love a project, and she plans to try freeform crochet, also called scrumbling.

This simply means that you are free to use the yarns and stitches that appeal to you and to work them in a multi-directional way without a pattern or rules. You can use freeform crochet to create art pieces as well as clothing, accessories, and other items.

With Covid-19, the group of women have stopped meeting for now, and have also found it difficult to sell their handcrafts to raise funds for wool.

But, Hazel is always keen to teach anyone who may be interested in learning how to crochet.

Anyone who would like to donate wool or get involved can contact Hazel on 083 447 9261 for more information.


Article written by: Shona Aylward

Photo credit: South Coast Herald


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