It all started with a trip around Aussie, as the attractions such as “The Big Pineapple” struck a cord. “Why”, reasoned Michael and Gillian Linton, “couldn’t Geraldine have their own “big” something or other to put it on the map?” Running a knitwear business, it was a simple matter to think about making a giant jersey. The pattern was designed using punch cards, with the criteria being that no two patterns or colours could touch each over. New Zealand icons such as sheep, tikis, kowhai blossoms, deer, skiers, cyclists and kayakers appearing in the designs. And what about those Koalas?, I asked. They are there because the idea germinated during the Australian holiday. Other designs such as tartans, chevrons, checkerboards and stripes are alternated between the pictorial designs.
So just how big is the Giant Jersey of Geraldine? It measures 16ft from wrist to wrist and is 7ft tall. It would fit a giant with a chest measurement of 120 inches, and weighs 5.5kg.www.giantjersey.co.nz
Michael Linton is also known as the creator of “1066 – A Medieval Mosaic”. This amazing creation is featured on our Travel Blog at www.romanyrambler.blogspot.com