Qinglin likes to be in control from start to finish

I want to create something original, that’s really precious. Knitting really attracts me as you have multiple ways to control what the final fabric looks like. I can totally express my designs and ideas. It creates something unique, you can’t find another piece with the same fabric anywhere else in the world.

Constance – knitting historian and knitwear designer

I’m now researching a knitted silk stocking found in a shipwreck off the coast of the NL from 1735.  The curator thought that the stocking was of the same age, but it’s not.  The stocking is about 100 years earlier than that.  I believe that the stocking was a treasure belonging to one of the passengers.  It’s similar to those in paintings by Rembrandt. 

Susan – researches knitting and literacy

You can use knitting to make a case for so many aspects of life: mental health and well-being, identity, heritage; personal as well as industrial heritage; sustainability now.  I’m interested in where we go with textiles.  It’s important that we attend to what we do with textiles in everyday life and how these skills help us out in the future.

Carol – a voracious knitter who likes to knit with glass

With knitted glass, people look and then they look again. That’s what every artist dreams of. If somebody looks twice at your work. They’re actually seeing it. They’re not just seeing what their mind tells them that it is, and putting it in a category and walking away. That’s a big deal.

Melissa – likes to make component sweaters she can modify

I’m an architect and I’ve always liked spaces that you could modify somehow.  Very minimal background and you can completely change the room with a vase of flowers or a piece of art.  I thought wouldn’t it be cool if I knit a base sweater that has component parts that can be changed.  I’ve thought about it a lot, a round necked sweater with ¾ length sleeves and you can change the collars and cuffs and just button through. 

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

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. 

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