Reflections of a year in knitting

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Photos taken with my mobile the night the exhibition went up .they are reflecting me taking photos whilst reflecting on the year & the exhibition !
I’ve been unable to get back to take photos  since it went up due to a nasty cold & chest infection & now the snow & ice are here !
I have to go out today & I’m not keen on the icy conditions, much rather stay in and knit …. on the needles at the moment a 4row pattern repeat lacy scarf for my daughter.

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The exhibition is up

Yesterday afternoon a friend helped me to put up the knitayear exhibition.With the assistance of the Slate volunteers it is looking fab !

The exhibition is in the windows of the council & next to the library in Leytonstone, East London .

http://www.slate-arts.com

The windows have boards which slot into place, so each board has to be placed individually.I had a rough idea & had practised laying it all out on my living room floor but i didn’t know if the boards would hold the weight of the journals so we had an experiment on the day.I’m pleased to report that the use of fishing line, knots & banging in of nails they are up & looking great !

The exhibition has the year of knitting pinned up, the journals, photos ,,extract from the blog, balls of upcycled yarn & knitting needles hanging.

In the final  window are an excellent poster designed by Veronica Lindsay-Addy.which is promoting the carers group we are launching in 2 weeks !

I’m going back today to take photos so will post them later.

now to get the shopping & domestic chores out the way & then relax………………

Pins & printers

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All of the knitted piece is neatly pinned onto the material,ends have been trimmed so it doesn’t tangle up & its looking good ready to hang.
My printer isn’t giving the quality images  I want  despite photo ink & paper…….so I’m going to have a last try then go to a print shop.
Tonight I’m going to see an exhibition at The Hub,it is Chinese calligraphy & then a chance to have a go in a mini workshop.

How to fit a year of knitting onto 70cms of fabric

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Spent some considerable time arranging,re arranging & generally playing about with the knitayear today ( backache in the process ) .I have pinned most if it in place now.
Tomorrow is a new day & I shall approach the pinning with a smile & definitely work on it at a table to spare my back

Getting closer to exhibition…

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Today I’ve been measuring fabric ready to hang knitayear.I have a plan to attach the knitted piece in a way that shows a years journey,so taking inspiration from the London Underground maps I will attach & see how it looks.quite apt as I cast on the year standing on the platform at Mile End station .
Each time I get the piece out of its storage bag I’m again suprised by the bright colours & textures & it gets me everytime

A day of mixed media & fabric

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Today I’ve braved the bitter cold wind & been to Walthamstow.I spent a lovely 2hours at a mixed media art course being run at The Mill, a community space & library.
Followed by a poke about the charity shops & the purchasing of 2metres of an unbleached cotton fabric to sew the knitayear piece onto ready to exhibit at Slate.so right now my front room is like a yarn workshop … must leave room to sit on sofa ..

Preparing for Slate Exhibition

So it’s the new year & what a busy start !

I’m preparing to exhibit at Slate in Leytonstone ( link in my links section ).I had another good look at the space today & my final layout is sorted.

Now to choose which nice photos from the year i want to get printed ready to exhibit.

The whole year of knitting will be displayed over 3 big boards with a start sign & finish sign, or more accurately a cast on & cast off sign for those knitting people out there.

I’m excited & less nervous about it all now that the idea for the display is sorted in my mind.

The countdown begins…….26 days to go ………..

More thoughts on the knitayear

I’m feeling positive about how the next stage of the project is taking shape.I have a great potential space to really put into practice what I believe are the benefits of the project.
I’ve been able to see clearly what I achived with the year …….. as well as being a carer , single parent,involved with carer support & being on the nhs carers reference group I have engaged with community groups & knitters from all over London & further away ( including Canada & America ) completed a whole 24.5 feet of knitayear piece, exhibited in 2 art trails  & I’m so pleased with the whole experience.
Onwards ………..

Afternoon at The Hub

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I’ve had a nice visit to The Hub,Canning Town.plans to exhibit the Knitayear are underway & other ideas….. more on the other ideas soon.its exciting & community involved…….. watch this space.
http://www.ndfc.co.uk

Meanwhile I’ve been knitting as much as possible for the local craft stall I’m sharing with a friend,hope to raise funds for the carers group.

Walk of the day….streets to trees

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It was hard to get out for the walk today,I went with my daughter who complained most of the time & clearly resented my even having a quiet few seconds to pause,pick up some sticks & take photos.I did it anyway ! It is vital to my existence.
A very windy day here ,patches of blue sky contrasting with dark clouds.
Now for a small fire in the garden followed by knitting.I have a knitting deadline for the craft stall.