2011 festival knitting project

End of the Road 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The knitting team and I had a great weekend at End of the Road festival at the beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset. We finished our festival knitting tour with a bang, with loads of people learning to knit and crochet and plenty more (who were already adept with pins or a hook) taking part in our ribbon knitting project (find out more about the project in my previous 2011 festival posts).

The festival itself was fab, with great music and a really friendly crowd. Plus the rain held off until Sunday night which gets a big thumbs up from me. A big thank you to Lily and Sarah who were wonderful teachers as always!

Just like the other festivals we visited, we found lots of men keen to learn both crochet and knitting. And once again our visitors produced an amazing array of ribbons, and amused us with their messages. If you’re wondering what will happen to all these ribbons, keep watching this space…

Update: see the full collection of photos from End of the Road here

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Green Man 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

Our festival knitting tent tour stopped off last weekend at the wonderful Green Man festival, nestling in the Brecon Beacons near Crickhowell. For once it didn’t rain (much) which meant our festival knitting activities went at full swing all weekend. Big thanks to Verity, Kate and Tim for their sterling assistance and knit/crochet tuition.

Once again (like at Latitude) we invited people to knit ‘ribbons’: long, narrow strips of knitting approximately 6cm wide. Each ribbon was knitted by several people – one person would have a go, and when they’d finished, leave it on the needles for someone else, who was then free to change stitch or colour. We asked all the knitters to leave a message for the next person on a tag. Just like at Latitude, we ended up with lots of weird and wonderful ribbons, and an endearing array of messages.

Our next and final festival stop is End of the Road, next weekend. We’ll create another batch of ribbons there – and then I’ll begin working on what will happen to them next. I’m beginning to think of them as a study in how people (quite wonderfully) don’t follow instructions – especially interesting when knitting can sometimes be seen as a restrictive, pattern-based craft.

Update: see the full collection of photos from Green Man 2011 here

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Latitude 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Last weekend we took the Keep & Share Knitting Tent to the lovely Latitude festival near Southwold. As well as plying our wares, 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 idea was to knit ‘ribbons’ (narrow strips of knitting), with each one knitted by lots of different people. We asked people to knit or crochet as much or as little as they liked, and then to leave a message for the next knitter.

At the end of the festival, we had lots of knitted ribbons! Despite the rain, we had a great time and I’d like to thank Lily, Sarah, Steph, Rhian and Deb for their hard work as members of the knitting team.

What next? Well, we’ll be continuing the same project at Green Man and End of the Road festivals during the summer, then I’ll turn all the ribbons into something – as yet top secret. Keep following the blog to find out what!

Update: see the full collection of photos from Latitude 2011 here

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