Yarn bombers strike at Sirdar

Staff at Sirdar have knitted lots of flowers and animals and put them in their garden, pictured is Angela Hatton with some of the flowers.  (w610a323)
Staff at Sirdar have knitted lots of flowers and animals and put them in their garden, pictured is Angela Hatton with some of the flowers. (w610a323)

Colourful crochet flowers and novelty knitted birds sprang to life to help a firm build its business around the UK.

Designers at Sirdar spent five months creating 1,300 woollen wonders to make a lasting impression on their customers.

Staff at Sirdar have knitted lots of flowers and animals and put them in their garden, pictured is Julie Langham. (w610b323)

Staff at Sirdar have knitted lots of flowers and animals and put them in their garden, pictured is Julie Langham. (w610b323)

Stockists from around the country travelled to the company’s Flanshaw Lane site at the weekend to see its latest hand-knitting patterns and designs.

Caroline Powell, marketing manager at Sirdar, said: “Over the course of the weekend we had around 300 people from all over the country.

“It was an open invitation to come and see our business and how it operate.

“Inside the building we also had knitted signs directing people to the toilets.

Staff at Sirdar have knitted lots of flowers and animals and put them in their garden.  (w610c323)

Staff at Sirdar have knitted lots of flowers and animals and put them in their garden. (w610c323)

“It was such a nice, fun day. We had some really positive comments.”

The original spinning company was set up in 1880 in Ossett by the Harrap brothers, Tom and Henry.

A decade on the company moved to its present site in Alverthorpe.

In 1934 the Sirdar brand was born and since then it has become internationally renowned for its designs through the decades.

It has been at the forefront of the resurgence in the popularity of knitting and crochet.