The mad knitter of Gardner Street

Photo:Peter Allinson with his knitted model of the Royal Pavilion

Peter Allinson with his knitted model of the Royal Pavilion

Photo:Special Festival display in Temptation Café's window

Special Festival display in Temptation Café's window

He made a model of the Royal Pavilion

During May 2011 Brighton had two Pavilions – the original, grand and ornate one we all know and love, and also a knitted one!

Hand-knitted model of the Royal Pavilion

Temptation Café in Gardner Street created an amazing window display for the Brighton Festival, which included a scaled down, hand-knitted model of Brighton's Royal Pavilion, complete with onion domes, balconies and trellises. The display, called ‘The Silent Seagulls’, also featured a flock of Brighton’s favourite birds above the Pavilion – all made hand-sewn and with not a 5am squawk between them!

Work of Peter Allinson

This was the work of Peter Allinson, Temptation’s owner and slightly mad knitter. Following on from last year’s model of Brighton Pier and the slightly notorious leg warmers on Max Miller (yes, that was him as well), this is his most adventurous project to date. The café is full of Peter’s knitted tea cosies, which always cause a stir when customers receive them.

It makes people smile

Peter said, “This is a great way to make people in Brighton smile and to bring people to our wonderful North Laine”.

 

[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 210, May/June 2011]

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