Knitting battle between Rouen Seine Normande 2028 and Tartu 2024

Tartu will be European Capital of Culture in 2024. The Estonian city has launched on its social networks a challenge to which Rouen has decided to respond. An original challenge, since it is knitting.

At the beginning of January, Tartu, Estonian European Capital of Culture in 2024, launched a challenge on its social networks. Tartu 2024 created 5 knitting patterns and proposed to anyone who wished to post his achievements on the networks. The watchword of this operation? “Tight knit!”, which literally means “in tight rows”.

Spotted by the Rouen Seine Normande 2028 team, the challenge immediately seduced Mathilde Milot, creator of the association Tricote un sourire!The association is particularly known for its realization of a giant painting by Monet, Suzanne, The Woman with the umbrella turned to the left, unveiled during Normandie Impressionniste in 2016 and in New York in 2017, a work of 4x6m and about 40kg, made from knitwear squares made by thousands of participants.

Mathilde Milot being very invested in the candidacy, she immediately seized this opportunity which made perfect sense for her and for Tricote un sourire.
She mobilized the “hard core” of her association, that is to say fifteen loyal knitters who took up the challenge, according to the boss created by Tartu. A real challenge, because the pattern proposed by Tartu 2024 is very technical and involves a lot of complex knitting stitches. The most seasoned knitters were delighted to be able to demonstrate their know-how.

After a photo shoot with the Rouen Seine Normande 2028 team, one of the models made in Rouen will be offered to the Tartu 2024 team in May. And this is just the beginning, Rouen could take up the torch in 2028 of the “European capital of knitting” and propose a return match in Tartu, challenging their communities to knit Rouen Seine Normande 2028 logos.

For Rebecca Armstrong, General Delegate of the Rouen Seine Normande 2028 bid: “Beyond the anecdote, this “knitting battle” illustrates the central values of the Rouen Seine Normande 2028 bid: the sharing of knowledge and know-how and the concrete links that are forged with the other European Capitals of Culture. It also shows how everyone can find their place in the dialogue that is already being established with our European friends. »