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Betsy – wants to bring more joy and making into the world

Holding this yarn and connecting with people about making something was transformational for me.  I was making something from nothing, I could feel it run through my fingers.  Going to a yarn shop, touching all that yarn felt so good.  That led me to a path to eventually go to trauma therapy and do a lot of healing.  Knitting saved my life

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Jeannet …..not a true knitter, she’s more experimentally minded

Knitting is all about it being stretchy, soft and malleable.  It made me think about how flexible it is, not just that the material is flexible: you can take it on the train, to a meeting or when you are half-watching your children; in contrast to my sample which is laser cut which is this rigid thing.

Matthew – a critically endangered frame knitter

A few years ago I was the only frame knitter left, with 20 machines to use.  It takes months and months of practice, slowly building up, to learn how to do one thing and gain control over the machine. I started building up a team of enthusiasts from scratch that’s now up to 7-8 people.

Vanessa – enjoys knitting small, kitsch and pointless things

Now I want to knit with dusters, as part of the Domestic dusters project that I’ve been running since 2014.  I chose a duster because it hasn’t been adorned like aprons or tea towels. I initially created a set of dusters with fairy tales on, then opened it up to see if other people wanted to contribute to the project.  It sort of hasn’t stopped since then.