So , i read all about the “scarf of doom ” & am now casting on a scarf of doom .These words from Deadly Knitshade
“It doesn’t matter how you knit, or what you knit, or where you knit it. You’re fantabulous because you are a creator. Be proud of everything you knit, because, no matter what you end up with, the fact is that you created it with your own two hands and it’s bloody marvellous that you did.”
I truly believe in the above.I believe that knitting has kept me going when there was nothing else, it makes me smile when sometimes there is nothing to smile about,i love being able to create something no matter what else is going on in my life.
I learnt to knit when i had 2 major operations ( after 2 other ops the preceding years ) in a year & became a carer ! Knitting has literally kept me going.
We all have our own journeys to embark on but i know that knitting will always be along for mine.
happy knitting everyone whatever you choose to knit.
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
I’ve been making an effort to get out for a walk whenever circumstances allow.
I’m re discovering my simple joy at finding a new bit of this vast city.
I took some time for myself,walking along looking at the water was a cue for some reflection about my life.for some time I’ve felt invisible,swamped by & overwhelmed by my caring role.as things are improving I can take time for me.going for walks,connecting with the earth & other people is healing for me,a slow feeling of remembering myself is forming.Im also going to start a journal again,I have missed doing that since the knitayear ended.
Any thoughts on reclaiming a life for yourself are welcome,whether from a carers perspective or otherwise,thanks.
Yesterday I walked from mile end,through the ecology & sculpture park,alongside the canal ….. enjoying the water,reeds,trees,narrowboats,conversation with friendly people & on up to Roman road.
From there along to York Hall via charity shops & vegetarian cafe , to see a unique event.
York Hall has an installation that produces clouds indoors ! The clouds formed & then floated slowly or zoomed upwards to rest on a net suspended across the ceiling.the photos haven’t come out as well as I hoped but does give an idea.
Some info taken from net about the event..
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Exhibitions: , Art, Installation,
How Much: Free!
To celebrate the launch of their new
studio, architecture and design duo
Pernilla & Asif are putting on
something a wee bit special.
For one day only, they’re filling York
Hall in Bethnal Green with a floating
canopy of fluffy white clouds. Just
what London needs on these grey
My hands are all gluey……I’ve been busy finding yarn scraps & sticking them into the correct days in the journal.
I have to engage the grey cells & become a detective & discover the whereabouts of some missing Llama yarn over the next few days.
It’s been good to be creative again…….its been a tough few days & I have an emotional anniversary coming up on the bank holiday.I’ve had to work to fight through the low mood & be creative.
Im glad I’ve been in touch with my Arty crafty side today.
The photos show the journal drying ,pages of wet gluey yarn separated by pens.
Todays blog post is dedicated to my son Daniel , resting in peace since 1986.
This moment….the scene before me.
Knitayear bag with the year spilling out,a library book ( Korean crime fiction) , my new phone case.
Outside the sounds of birds,traffic.
Inside the sounds of cats ,my daughter in the kitchen.
Thoughts of getting on with the day , choosing the yarn & picking up the needles
I noticed that the wonga ad is popping up on my blog.
I did not put it there.I do not want it there.I think it is entirely out of place on a blog that is about a year in yarn.yarn that has been donated,freecycled,upcycled,gifted & thrifted.knitayear is a journey of a year in my life,expressed through knitting every day & about sharing that experience.it is also about community…….the people I’ve met & shared this with,the donations of yarn,the free children’s workshops I will be doing,sharing it with refugees,women’s groups,mental health service users , carers ,homeless people.I could go on but I shall stop now.
This is a project to be shared & experienced without money getting in the way.
If you’ve read this far , thank you & have a lovely day.
A great day ,seeing all the knitting on the maze,meeting lots nice people,walking mazes,night vision goggles maze ,maze hunting,labyrinth walking,,maze talks.great company.on a very delayed train home now so will post more pics tomorrow.
These photos show a handpainted canvas labyrinth which is an exact replica of the labyrinth in Chatres Cathedral in France.
It was brought to the maze event from the university of Canterbury ( links later, once i’ve dug out all of the cards & contact info from my bag !)
It was such a good experience.We got to do it twice as an independent film company wanted to film people walking the maze.will link to the film as soon as it’s made.
am off to the saffron walden maze festival.Can’t wait to see my bit of knitting in the maze.will be posting pictures live from there today.
h Aug All day Knitted Maze. Knitters of all ages from all over the world have come together to celebrate mazes and knitting. The Common
From 10am Night Vision Goggle Maze. Try your skills with special night vision goggles and a dark maze from Carver Barracks. Numbers will be limited. Town Hall
From 10am Inflatable laser maze and caterpillar tunnel. Zap your friends as you hunt them down in the tunnels of the laser maze or, for younger children, explore the inside of a hungry caterpillar. The Common
10am-4pm Walk the Chartres Labyrinth. Trained labyrinth facilitators Dr Jan Sellers and Dr Debbie Holley will introduce labyrinth walking using a beautiful, hand-painted canvas labyrinth laid out on the floor. Drop in for a brief talk and a labyrinth walk, every hour on the hour. Friends Meeting House, High Street
11am-5pm ‘Michael Ayrton, Maze and Minotaur.’ This compact exhibition, including a bronze of Icarus, Sun Maze, presents some of Ayrton’s most powerful and disturbing images on classical themes. Fry Gallery, off Castle Street
6pm Jeff Saward, keynote talk: ‘The Saffron Walden Mazes – An Amazing History’. Jeff Saward is widely considered the authority on the history and development of mazes and labyrinths around the world (www.labyrinthos.net). Discover how Walden’s Mazes are part of a fasinating tradition stretching back thousands of years. Suitable for all ages and levels of interest. To ensure a place please book with Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre. Town Hall
8pm Joglaresa: ‘Love’s Labyrinth’. A concert of French mediaeval song, including the anonymous C14th song celebrating the work of the arch labyrinth maker himself – Daedalus. Tickets: £12 in advance, £15 at door, £10 conc. (under 18, 60+, unwaged) available from Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre or http://www.saffronwaldenearlymusic.org.uk St Mary’s Church
Much excitement here today.I received a parcel from stormarela of the tangleknot blog.she is based in Calgery,Canada & we’ve been following each others blogs for some time.its great to see what she has been up to. The parcel today has some beautiful items to be Hung in the trees in Walthamstow as part of the art grows on trees event.I will be hanging them on her behalf…Calgery is 4,400miles away! I will be making some tags so that people can see who had made their special art & how far it travelled to their local trees.I will post photos after they’ve been hung in the trees…i don’t want to spoil the big reveal. I also had a lovely suprise of a hand knitted bookmark ; perfect for me as i’ve always got a book on the go.