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Knitting the Olympics

Knitting the Olympics
Feargus O'Sullivan
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Anyone who thinks Londoners aren’t excited about the Olympics should visit Howard Road, Walthamstow. I came across this knitted version of the Olympic Games, in what is a charming but utterly glamor-less East London neighborhood, after a tip off from the hilarious Facebook group, the Walthamstow Unofficial Tourist Board

Nobody was in when I called, but the friendly neighbors tell me the woman in this house knits her own version of every major public event, and has only just taken away her knitted Diamond Jubilee. This is probably the cutest, most individual tribute to the Games I’ve yet come across anywhere – I just hope the brand police don’t pounce on it for violating their sponsors' exclusive logo rights.




The Olympic pool must be pretty warm, as these swimmers seem to having a bit of a nap.


No medals for tanning, as these pasty legs enter the Olympic diving pool.


Have these Kenyan athletes clubbed together to block the path of the Polish runner behind?


Vertical Hedge Rowing.  One of the Olympiad’s toughest sports.


Does this Beach Volleyball contestant realize how much her bikini bottoms are riding up?


Who knew the Three Legged Race was an Olympic Sport. The Jamaicans, apparently.


This Australian runner has just completed the 100 Meters Cross-Shrubbery.


Spectators peeking over the wall. In the real Olympics, these people would probably have been nuked by now, not least for their large hats.


With all the weights he lifts, no wonder this Spanish athlete has an especially chunky neck.


I’m hoping this British athlete awaiting her gold medal on the podium represents the knitter herself, who deserves an award for all the care and humor she’s put into this wonderful display.

Feargus O'Sullivan covers Europe for The Atlantic Cities. All posts »

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