Knitted Ribbons

At End of the Road 2012 Keep & Share enjoyed a dual presence. The Knitting Tent occupied its usual spot in the main field, and the Knitting Circle invited people to sit and knit for a while. At the other side of the festival site, in the woods, I installed the ribbons that were knitted at three festivals in 2011.

The ribbon project was a game of knitting consequences. Participants were asked to knit a narrow strip; when they finished, they left the knitting on the needles and attached a tag with a message for the next knitter. We ended up with dozens of ribbons, and an array of endearing, amusing and touching messages - you can see a good selection of them on the 2011 festival pages here, here and here.

I sewed the ribbons together to create a single ribbon for each festival - over 60 metres in total - and hung them from the trees to create a calm, engaging space where passers-by could spend a few moments reading the messages and checking out the diverse display of knitting and crochet.

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