I’ve mentioned here and there that I live in a tiny town on the South West Coast of Victoria, Australia. Well the name of that town is Narrawong. As a small community, we were lucky enough to be one of the recipients of a grant from Regional Arts Victoria for the Small Towns Transformations project.
Our project is called Kango-Meerteek which means in Dhauwurd Wurrung language ‘mountain to sea’. The project will link two permanent public art installations that will signal to each other from Mt Clay to the Narrawong Community Reserve, where the Surry River meets the Southern Ocean. You can read more about it here while we wait for the project website to get up and running.
As part of the project, some smaller, community based projects will also be happening to involve as many of us locals as possible. That’s where I come in.
The Narrawong Pattern
I have designed a square inspired by Narrawong that I hope will be made by many locals and then we’ll turn the squares into a blanket that will be raffled in late 2017 as a fundraiser. I’ll be attending local craft gatherings teaching the pattern with a workshop here and there too,
The pattern has 3 parts. The centre represents Mount Clay which is heavily forested with lots of tress and hills that point like fingers towards the ocean.
The middle part represents the Surry River. It’s a lovely twisty river that sometimes doesn’t quite meet the sea which is shown by the spoke like sections, but when the rains come, it flows strongly into to sea.
The outer section represents the sea. Always there. Always a joy to gaze upon and walk beside.
Download the Pattern
If you’d like to make a Narrawong square, you can download the pattern by clicking the button with your preferred terms below. In the pattern you’ll find some hints and tips, a clearly written pattern, round by round photos, a chart and a link to a video of me making the square so perfect for crocheters of all skill levels.
Would you like to contribute a square?
As a community, we’ll be making squares and joining them into a blanket (or 2) to be raffled off at the end of 2017. The funds raised will go towards a local Narrawong project that will enhance the enjoyment of the main 2 large artworks begin created. I will confirm what the funds will be used for as soon as it’s decided – the project has only just begun so some decisions are still to be made.
We’d love some squares from around the world to show that even though Narrawong is a tiny dot on the map, we’d like it to become known more widely than the surrounding areas, as it’s pretty darn special. So if you’d like to send a square, the square needs to be made from machine washable 100% wool in 8 ply (DK/light worsted) and measure 6″ (15 cm) in blue. You can use any 2 blues you like – light, dark, medium, following the pattern for colour changes.
If you’re a local, Joys Craftworx has a good supply of suitable wool to use. I may be doing a Narrawong Square workshop there too, so stay tuned for more info on that.
You’ll find in the pattern a slip to be filled out to send with your square and the address to send it to. The town of Narrawong thanks you very much should you decide to send a square! All contributors will be publicly acknowledged in a thank you I will post here once the blanket it made, plus I will share on Instagram all squares received.
So there you go. I hope you can visit our little town one day and check out the wonderful natural environment and stay a while. To tempt you a little more, here are some of the visitors we get quite regularly.