Bishop Graham meets knitted doppelgänger

The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, has met a knitted life-size doppelgänger, all to help a knitting and flower festival with a twist.

bishopgrahamknitted2When you think of a knitting festival what springs to mind? Well for the organisers of the Blossom and Yarn Festival it’s full church scenes – such as weddings, complete with knitted life-size bride-and-groom, bridesmaid, rector and wedding cake! It has taken over a year to organise and knit. 

Six churches in Norfolk are taking part in the festival and each is hosting a different theme:

Breckles - Easter     

Caston – Wedding     

Griston - Baptism

Great Hockham – Christmas     

Stow Bedon - Remembrance     

Thompson – Harvest

One character who will be visiting all the churches is the knitted Bishop Graham, who bears a very striking resemblance to the real thing!

When asked who came up with the idea for a knitted Bishop Graham, Artistic Director Lois Gill said “When I announced that Bishop Graham could come to our festival, a parishioner asked if he would be knitted! I thought why not? I knew that Beryl (Warren) was a trustworthy and quick knitter and she was the one to do it!”

Speaking of the knitting experience Beryl Warren said “I just knit in my spare time, but all in all it took about 50 days to knit the Bishop – and 16 balls of wool”. 

When Bishop Graham met his doppelgänger, he said “It’s not often you meet a knitted version of yourself! My admiration is enormous. If my life depended on it I couldn’t knit a Bishop. Maybe there should be more knitted Bishops – I can keep an eye on everyone that way! The sheer amount of work and imagination that has gone into this festival impresses me – all should come along to see the hard work that has gone into it all.”

The Blossom and Yarn Festival will be raising money for each of the six churches, is taking place between July 10 - 13, 2015 and will be open from 10am – 6pm daily at each church. 

You can find out more and see some of the knitted creations by visiting




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