Lion Scarf Day: The Official Lion Warming Day: Lion One
Posted by Stitch and Bitch London on May 28, 2007
At an ungodly hour over 550-foot of Lion Scarf came out of the underground and arrived where it belonged. Smack bang in the middle of London’s Trafalgar Square. You could practically hear he purring of the four giant beasts as they spied the enormous lengths of knitting appearing from the tube entrance.
Well you could have heard them if my heart had not been beating so loudly. Here we were, after all this time. And I have to admit I felt sick, sick, sick.
Five months of so much hard work: knitting, sewing, promoting, talking to press, organising meetings, apologising to the overworked postman, measuring lions, designing leaflets, learning to make a website from scratch, blogging (as you can see) as many stories as I could, photographing, pain-stakingly cataloguing where every part came from, how long it was and who knit it, printing t-shirts, chasing up logo designers, staying up till 4 am to make sure every knitting site on the Internet knew about it, knitting and reknitting my own Lion Scarf patch until it was perfect…
And it was all coming together around the necks of four giant lions smack bang in the middle of one of the biggest cities on the planet.
Sooooo I took a deep breath, the Lion Scarf Team grabbed some coffees (it had been a long night) and we waited for the chaos to begin. Laura and I climbed on a bench and did some kind of rousing pep talk which I cannot recall a bit of (and it is likely none of the people who I was meant to be pepping up do either). But it felt like the thing to do…
At exactly 11am it all began with Laura and I looking at each other in fear and what-shall-we-do now panic. But fear was not about to unhinge either of us. After allowing ourselves a moment of silent screaming we took charge.
Michael and Brett donned their Lion Scarf jackets (ooo shiny and yet safe) and with the help of the ladders they climbed each side of the beast.
Before this moment we hadn’t really had a chance to practice the whole bescarfing so I sort of played it by ear. One Lion Lad on one side, one on the other, and a few helpful Lion Ladies rushing about from side to side with the huge rolls of scarf. It began to work pretty well.
To our surprise there was Lion Number one all warm and bescarfed! Hurrah!