Needleworkers add colour to Sumner container

01:51, May 05 2012
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YARN-BOMBED: Christine Reitze, who lives in Sumner, started the Container Love project last August.

A Sumner container has been yarn-bombed by knitters and crocheters.

Christine Reitze, pictured, who lives in Sumner, started the Container Love project last August.

"I wanted to pretty up one of these ugly containers," she said.

"Actually, I wanted to pretty up a lot of them, but it's a lot of work and there's only so much you can do."

The containers were brought in after last June's aftershocks to protect the road from rockfalls.

Reitze put up posters, set up a Facebook page and held knitting sessions.

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"The squares came from all over the world - from Britain, Germany, Australia and Sweden," she said.

"It was wonderful to receive all the beautiful knitting and crocheting."

The container cosy was sewn from more than 800 squares. Reitze started sewing the squares together in December and finished on Thursday night.

"I wanted to finish it in time for the Sumner Street Festival on Sunday."

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