Latitude 2011

In 2011 we returned to the lovely Latitude festival near Southwold. Once again, we taught loads of people to knit and crochet and ran a communal knitting project (mentioned in the very first paragraph of the Guardian's Latitude review).

The 2011 project, which we ran at each of the festivals that summer, involved knitting 'ribbons' (narrow strips of knitting). Each ribbon was knitted by several different people - participants knitted as much or as little as they liked, and left the piece on the needles along with a message for the next knitter. I particularly love seeing how each knitter has responded (through their comments, and through their knitting) to the earlier knitting.

My loose instructions suggested that the ribbons should be about 6cm wide - but the wisdom of the crowd said different. The project shows how people (quite wonderfully) don’t follow instructions – especially interesting when knitting can sometimes be seen as a restrictive, pattern-based craft. 

In 2012 I exhibited the ribbons at End of the Road festival - find out more here.


  • July 2011

  • I am grateful to everyone who knitted a ribbon, and to my volunteers: Lily, Sarah, Steph, Rhian and Deb