In the Loop

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Rubbish photo from the In the Loop conference which I decided to go to at the last minute after listening to Louise Scollay’s podcast KnitBritish. I got myself off my metaphorical sofa and emailed on Monday about going for one day. Got up stupendously early to make it on the 7.45 train. I’ll have to look at the programme to remind myself of the range of topics covered. Oral histories of machine knitting in Easterhouse in the late 70’s early 80’s, crafting and the digital life, a presentation by an artist who collects unfinished knitted items, NZ traditions in knitting, the trade in hand knitted stockings in Elizabethian times, Dorcas Societies … barely scratching the surface here. Also good stimulating discussions in the breaks and lunchtime. (Covering MOTHS, the thorny issues of sponsorship and podcasts and the lack of racial diversity on Ravelry).Sorry to miss the Norwegian Sweater presentation yesterday… but was able to fondle a collection of them and buy postcards. If you are interested in craft in terms of history, anthropology,  sociology and art  do go to this if you see it on again. I’m so sorry I can’t go tomorrow but must do some work 😦

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