The little gymnast

By mrswoolybill
A couple of my favourite competitors in the Saltburn Pier Knitted Olympics.
I prefer V1 as a photograph; but V2 gives an idea of the size of this installation, the amount of creativity and effort involved, and the amount of innocent pleasure that it has given people. (Check out the synchronised swimmers' legs that the lady is examining!)
Since our visit, the work has apparently been vandalised, figures have been cut off and slashed open. I find this desperately sad, and quite incomprehensible.
Thanks for looking,

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CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
14 Apr 2012 7:58AM
I wondered just how long it would be before some mindless moron(s) vandalised this wonderful display, Moira Sad A very sad society that we live in now. I lovew the little gymnast, I think she is my favourite of what you have shown us so far. Carol

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 7:58AM
A beautiful photograph, love seeing children enjoying themselves, not floating around a white box. Children
should be laughing and messing around.

Regards Nathan
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 8:01AM
Sorry I forgot to mention the word 'wooly before children'

Regards Nathan
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
14 Apr 2012 8:07AM
can't have enough
these are superb!
jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 8:22AM
Totally wonderful.
bobsblues 7 10 2 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 8:22AM
I really should get down and see these before they all dissapear as I'm not to far away , great images, sad to hear of the vandalism there are just to many mindless idiots out there '.
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 8:26AM
I wish I was there to see this love v1

User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 8:39AM
Excellent captures.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1794 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 8:40AM
Thank you, early birds. Rob, I don't know how much is left to see, the written news reports that I've seen are pretty depressing. But if you go to Saltburn, check out the front of the Library. There is another Guerrilla Knitting attack there... Wink
SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
14 Apr 2012 9:13AM
I love these shots showing them all in situ.
But I can't believe (well, yes I can actually) that people have vandalised them!

The council in my borough hung lots of lovely containers of blue flowers on the railings along the high road a few weeks ago. I think they lasted a couple of hours before idots decided it'd be fun to pull out the plants and sling them on the ground. Sad

These shots are a breath of fresh air, so well done and I can't help enjoying seeing them all, it's fun and at the same time they are very well done, A photo that makes you smile is worth so much more than words can say. great idea ,well presented, well done indeed. superb!!!!
14 Apr 2012 10:00AM
Excellent shots Moira.
I like the pov on V1.
V2 gives us the big picture and all the effort and delight.
Such a shame about the vandalism.

franken Plus
15 4.4k 4 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 10:01AM
Another brilliant addition to the series Moira! Smile

gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
14 Apr 2012 10:53AM
V1 does make her the star of the show and rightly so. - gary
ChiliMan Plus
11 135 17 Singapore
14 Apr 2012 11:08AM
Humans have a great capacity for love. They unfortunately have a great capacity for hatred, violence and selfishness too. And even though I am so aware of this, I too find it incomprehensible and distressing that such a harmless and beautiful thing could be vandalised. Bah.

Both lovely captures, Moira, but I really love V2. Beautiful view of the Olympians and of their admirers. That lady's walking stick is really something, isn't it?? Totally goes with her scarf Smile

ChiliMan Plus
11 135 17 Singapore
14 Apr 2012 11:24AM
By the way, I love the caterpillar's feet too Grin
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
14 Apr 2012 11:55AM
I thought we'd seen the last of these, but so glad to see them back again, Moira! Grin But how sad to hear they have been vandalised Sad What sort of mindless morons are these people? What do they get out of it? I'd do the same to their property and see how they liked that Wink It could only happen in this country - it makes you ashamed to be British Sad Anyway, off my soapbox...I'm with you regarding preferring V1, but as you say, V2 shows the amount of work gone into it all Smile
Trev Smile
Joline Plus
11 28 53 United States
14 Apr 2012 12:46PM
Those vandals should be imprisoned until they learn to knit something this wonderful...then perhaps they would appreciate it.
Herge88 10 40 4 England
14 Apr 2012 1:23PM
Glad you put version two up Moira, its nice to see them in context,version one is my favourite though, fantastic dof and the colours and clarity in the figure are spot on. I am surprised in this day and age that these little figures survive.

Best Matt
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1794 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 2:00PM
Good afternoon everyone, and thanks for giving this upload a lovely reception! Life is busy here at the moment, but I have a little free time now and I'll try to catch up on what's been happening on the site.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
14 Apr 2012 2:09PM
Love them both. So wonderful to see.............Sandy
saltireblue Plus
7 7.3k 33 Norway
14 Apr 2012 2:53PM
This series has been a delight to view, Moira.
To think that some people go to the trouble to use hours and hours making such a delightful and pleasing display, and all free of charge.
What must they feel to see the vandalism that you say has been caused.
I feel sorry for whoever has carried out the vandalism, as they know not better.

14 Apr 2012 2:56PM
Good dof on V1 Moira, and great to see V2 with a whole string of them.

John Smile
Great duo Moira, what a shame some people have to be destructive
Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
14 Apr 2012 4:35PM
You're as mad as a hatter, but your images always give me a smile!

The knitters should be heartily congratulated for their efforts on this amazing installation on the pier here. The action and the exuberance of the little figures needs mentioning here. A great series Moira, and sadly the news that they have been vandalised by mindless idiots makes the work even more worthy of compliment. This kind of crime is being almost encouraged by the ridiculous sentencing being handed down by the courts, when will they get their act together and support the police?

Sorry to rant as ever Moira.

pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1962 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 5:11PM
I think it's a blessing that you have captured these little hand-made miracles, Moira, and I suppose it was too much to expect that they would remain intact for ever. What a sad world we live in.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 5:31PM

Quote:figures have been cut off and slashed open. I find this desperately sad, and quite incomprehensible.

Y anybody thinks fit to do anything so damn destructive beggars belief Moira, after all the hard work somebody had put into this and the pleasure it has given to so many - I find it sickening to say the very least but good that you found it and have passed on some of the pleasure to people on epz that may never have seen it if you hadnt taken the time yourselfSmile
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 6:14PM
Very sad , have captured something quite mum used to make lots of these for my children, years ago. Love both of the photos and your has changed so much in the last year.
AnnChown Plus
7 202 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 6:20PM
Two more delights from Saltburn Moira. I too am very very sad to hear about the vandalism; the perpetrators are very sad and I just can't understand what makes them do this! I'm just pleased that you and Bill managed to get such good records of this wonderful work of art and to share its joy with us all!
helenlinda Plus
10 346 22 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 8:08PM
Its unbelievable that this has been vandalised - when you think of all the hard work that went into it, and the trusting spirit of those who were willing to put it there and share it so willingly with anyone who came to see it - so glad you and many others I am sure have records of what was there - v1 for me today, but as you say its good to see the extent of the display.
LexEquine 11 19 United States
14 Apr 2012 9:07PM
'Two Whacky, vividly colorful, & excellent color Image Compositions' ~ LEx GrinTongueWink
14 Apr 2012 10:49PM
Nice - the vandalism saddens me I know and like Saltburn
nonur Plus
8 17 12 Turkey
15 Apr 2012 12:16AM
What a pity, it seems that such things happen everywhere. What saddens me most is that I tend to think that such beautiful things and the sincere desire to share them have the potential of educating especially that kind of people, but hearing instances of vandalism applied on them wears away my hope. You've done ( you and Bill) an excellent job and we should be thankful to you for sharing and documenting them so skilfully.
Cor 8 Belgium
15 Apr 2012 11:48AM
2 very well taken images. TOPSmile
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
20 Apr 2012 8:45PM
Such a shame these have been vandalised, just like the racehorse statues were in Cheltenham which i uploaded back in March during Gold Cup week. V1 particularly appeals as the gymnast is going through her difficult routine and nobody is bothering to watch what she is doing! I'm sure that elderly fellow in the background of v2 wearing a red fleece and cap is epzer JimV!
brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2012 3:00PM
With every image I am more amazed about the work those people put into this decoration. Lovely work, on both sides of the camera,

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