A team of 25 ladies yarn-bombed a shop under the cover of darkness before surprising the owner to mark her ‘Seven Year Stitch’.
Sarah Hogg wanted to surprise and congratulate her friend Emma Richardson on the seventh anniversary of Manfield Crafts opening in Griffith Street, Rushden.
Emma, who has loved knitting from a young age, was totally oblivious to the work which has been going on since July with a team of 25 women knitting, yarning and preparing to decorate the front of the shop.
The idea behind the Seven Year Stitch celebration came from Gina Ellis, one of many customers who wanted to thank Emma for opening the shop which sells yarn as well as offering workshops and friendly advice when required.
Emma, who only saw what her customers had done when Sarah drove her back into the street as floodlights brought in especially for the occasion were switched on, said: “I am very lucky.
“They are all friends, and even if the shop shut tomorrow, I would still be in touch with them.
“It’s a lovely group of customers.”
Sarah, who helped organise the yarn-bombing project, said: “It has been a massive secret.
“I have been amazed that she didn’t find out.”
Sarah said there has been lots of messaging on social media as well as whispering in the shop to avoid Emma finding out about their secret mission.
She added: “This shows how much we appreciate Emma.
“She provides such a sanctuary here and it was our way of saying thank you.”
The yarn-bombing, which included knitted flowers, animals, birds and signs, is likely to adorn the outside of the shop for a few more days so customers and those who attend workshops at the shop can see it.
For more information about Manfield Crafts, which raised £280 with a coffee morning for Macmillan last week, go to http://manfieldcrafts.wordpress.com/