With less than one week to go to until the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, one very industrious knitter has come up with a creative way to enjoy her favorite sporting events right in her own front yard. Using recycled wool unravelled from thrift shop sweaters, Suzanne Haggerty, began her imaginative project six months ago, and has since completed over thirty miniature athletes.
Her uniquely themed displays celebrating Halloween, Christmas, and quite recently the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee have been well-received by her London neighbours in Howard Road, who enjoy the surprise reactions and comments of passersby. “I’m planning to get a life now,” Suzanne joked. “I have always been a big fan of the Olympics, and am very, very proud of London,” she said. “I’ve been looking forward to them for a long time.”
Each figure took a day and a half to knit, stuff and put the finishing touches on. Seb Coe, Steve Ovett, and triple-jumper Phillips Idowu are a few of Suzanne’s favorites. Her plans include a few more well-known figures, Daley Thompson, and long-distance runner, Haile Gebrselassie, and a gymnast on the high beam all in time for the opening ceremony.
Unfortunately the world’s fastest runner, Usain Bolt has mysteriously disappeared from the garden display, but apparently it was just a case of having misplaced him. “Incredibly, we have always been very lucky with every display we do,” said Suzanne, “I think all the neighbours keep an eye on it for us.”