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I posted a topic on Ravelry to collect knitting stories and Trudib left this post

 “I got talking to a guy on the train two weeks ago. He had a mohican hair cut, pierced ears and was wearing cut off jeans and workboots. The reason I got chatting to him? He was sat there crocheting a very delicate white lace table cloth at the time. He said he’d been taught by a female friend and had been addicted to it ever since. He was a trainee plumber, worked on a building site and crocheted during his breaks despite the fact that his male colleagues all thought it was hilarious and mocked him for it.”

Technically its a croceht story but I stilled loved it.

And as a follow up to that…I want your stories…please. It can be anything you want a memory and experince…a bloke you saw on the tube!

All replys would be very much appreicated, thanks

The consistent problem I have had with my project is that I haven’t been sure what its about. What really made this a problem was that it wasn’t a lack of project but the amount of things my project could be about. With the help of a pub tutorial I know what I want my project to be about. I want it to be about this because it has been the points that have got me most excited and animated about my project. Its the stories that have come about through the event I did in Trafalgar Square and the stories I collected in my research. Those stories as I retold them got people who have no interest in knitting to give up time in their day to hear about it. Now comes the challenge how do I act as a mediator or things I design act as a mediator between the stories and people who will read them.knit-me-small-175

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After Knit me at Trafalgar Square went so well I am running a repeat which will hopefully be even more fun! So consider yourself invited! It will run the same way as before bring your own yarn [or anything you fancy knitting with] and needles and you can add on to the knitting where you like. The knitting offers everyone an opportunity to add how ever they wish, so your free from using a pattern and free from making perfect looking knitting. Its a perfect opportunity to experiment.

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I was bored and looked at my bookmarks at the top of my web browser. I went to my boyfriends site and was just just looking at Public papers, which looks at what is lost in alter ownership from public to private. This lead me to start thinking about what had been lost or given up with Knit me. 

 

 

What do people give up when they knit collaboratively like in Trafalgar square?

 They give up having power over the outcome of the object

They have no pattern to follow, even if they desired one

Choosing the people to knit with

Being told what to do…They are free to do what they want…given the permission to do just do, which the pattern doesn’t do.

Having to make perfect knitting…it doesn’t have to look good so they are allowed to try and stuff and also make mistakes….this only happens for some people as some people still worry about spoiling it which is not what knit me is about.

The ownership of their knitting once they are finished, Private ownership

Being able to sit and knit and ignore people

Which lead to

What do people gain?

Narratives with strangers that is cross cultural and class

Ability to share and experiment

What does the knitting do?

Invite passers by to join in, ask about the work

Bring people together

Not have a pattern

Gives a place to experiment

Creative interections and narratives between strangers

A communal activity 

 

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Now I’ve caught my breathe after such a good day on Saturday I have a little time for reflecting. In doing this and chatting about it with Matt [head of my course] it highlighted one of the most lovely bits of the piece that makes it come alive is when you start talking about the stories that are connected to specific pieces. Personally one of my favourite pieces is the red piece at the far end, it was knit by a homeless woman called Florence. She almost leap on the knitting when she saw it and didn’t stop knitting till we were getting ready to leave. I filled in her label with her and she said she was just practising her knitting. Talking to her might not have looked like any moment of significance to anyone who witnessed it but for me it was. It just showed how so many of us came together with one piece. Just one of many stories that showed how the piece worked in so many more ways than a creative expression. As part of my documentation of the piece and the event I would love to gather the stories|memories of those who were there, so if you were there please could you email me at knitme@ymail.com or post a comment to tell me about them! If it matters to you or something stood out to you I would love to you even if you don’t think it’s important! 

An example is a comment posted by Hippolyra  who said “it was really good fun, and awesome the way that people just joined in. there was a lovly Turkish lady next to me for a while, she barely spoke English, but we sat and knitted in companiable silence.”

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Knit me Trafalgar Square happened this Saturday. We arrived in Trafalgar square just before eight thirty am, a challenge in itself. We sat down and got knitting and I spent the entire morning worrying about getting moved on by the police, the grey clouds that thankfully blew over and that no one was going to come. By 12 o’clock the first people from stitch and bitch had arrived. A big thank you goes to both Stitch and Bitch for their encouragement and telling lots of people about the event including londonist.com. Thank you to all the other people who also spread the word their were so many and I really appreciated it. As the the afternoon went on the work grew and it grew in ways I wasn’t expecting which was fantastic. The knitting drew lots of attention with many taking pictures and watching people knit, and I got the chance to tell lots of people about my project. 

The variety of people who came was wonderful and ranging from people who had heard before hand from web blog posts to tourists and visitors to the Kurdish new years celebrations that were going on at the same time. We varied not just in background and how people heard about it but age as well. This has given me lots of ideas to move on with and I have a fantastic piece of knitting as well which I can include in my final show.

Thanks again to everyone who came and also everyone who spread the word, especially to my faithful helpers Aisling, Kizzy and Henry! : )

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More pictures will be coming soon, I’m just waiting to get them sent to me by my friend Henry who took pictures all day! check out his work at http://www.henrymatter.co.uk