As if ultimately winning gold at his fourth Olympics wasn’t enough, British diver Tom Daley has fueled a huge knitting resurgence, with his latest designs going to a good cause.
Daley was seen with crochet needles throughout the Tokyo Games, both by the pool and in the stands watching other events. He even knitted a short sleeve for his gold medal, won with his partner Matty Lee in the men’s 10-meter synchronized diving.
“One thing that has kept me sane throughout this process is my love for knitting and crochet and all things sewing,” he said in an Instagram video. showing the clever cozy.
The outside Olympian is also using his knitting skills to raise awareness – and much-needed funds – for the UK-based Brain Tumor Charity in memory of his father, Robert, who died of brain cancer in 2011, one year old. ahead of Daley’s Olympic debut at the London Games.
On Thursday, Daley posted an “Olympic Cardigan Revelation” video on Instagram, stating “I finished the sweater! He then proceeds to mold the white sweater, which has “Tokyo” written in Japanese kanji on the front, “Team GB” and the Olympic rings on the back and a British flag and “GBR” on the left and right shoulders.
“When I got to Tokyo, I wanted to do something that would remind me of the Olympics in the future,” Daley, 27, said on Instagram. “I designed a pattern for the color work that would mean everything on these games. “
His father had been Daley’s inspiration and biggest fan, often joining him in training, competitions and press conferences. After his gold medal, Daley said he knew his father “would have been extremely proud of how I became Olympic champion,” Agence France-Presse reported. “It has always been our dream to grow up. “
Daley is raffling off Tokyo Games-inspired sweaters to raise money for the Brain Tumor Charity, with each entry costing 2 English pounds (around $ 2.80). He started donating coins to the charity in September 2020, Pink News reported, and, while showing off another raffle sweater, he teased, “I’m going to be raffling a lot over the next few months. , so keep your eyes open. ”
While many took to sewing during the pandemic lockdowns, Daley said he learned to knit and crochet before the Olympics to help keep him calm. He was once dubbed “the world’s greatest crochet influencer” by The Guardian.
Daley shares much of his manual work on a separate Instagram account, @madewithlovebytomdaley, which shared his first post in September and already has 1 million followers (his personal account is 3 million). Her knitting and crochet account includes images of sweaters, cardigans, halter dresses, doggie sweaters and baby booties, made for friends, her husband, Dustin Lance Black, and 3-year-old son. of the couple, Robbie.
In April, he posted a photo of a “cat sofa” he knitted for his mother’s birthday, writing “maybe I went too far? “
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