Category Archives: festivals

This blog has moved…

I’m pleased to say that I’ve just re-launched the Keep & Share website, at www.keepandshare.co.uk.

The new site has its own blog, so I’m going to post my news there, rather than on this WordPress blog, from now on. If you’ve subscribed to this blog, you won’t receive any notifications of new posts any more (as they’ll be on the new blog).

You might want to subscribe via RSS to the new blog feed to keep up to date.

I’ve put all my old posts on the new blog too.

Find it here: http://www.keepandshare.co.uk/blog

End of the Road 2011

The knitting team and I had a great weekend at End of the Road festival at the beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset. We finished our festival knitting tour with a bang, with loads of people learning to knit and crochet and plenty more (who were already adept with pins or a hook) taking part in our ribbon knitting project (find out more about the project in my previous festival posts).

The festival itself was fab, with great music and a really friendly crowd. Plus the rain held off until Sunday night which gets a big thumbs up from me. A big thank you to Lily and Sarah who were wonderful teachers as always!

Just like the other festivals we visited, we found lots of men keen to learn both crochet and knitting.

And once again our visitors produced an amazing array of ribbons, and amused us with their messages.

If you’re wondering what will happen to all these ribbons, keep watching this space…

Green Man 2011

Our festival knitting tent tour stopped off last weekend at the wonderful Green Man festival, nestling in the Brecon Beacons near Crickhowell. For once it didn’t rain (much) which meant our festival knitting activities went at full swing all weekend. Big thanks to Verity, Kate and Tim for their sterling assistance and knit/crochet tuition.

Once again (like at Latitude) we invited people to knit ‘ribbons': long, narrow strips of knitting approximately 6cm wide. Each ribbon was knitted by several people – one person would have a go, and when they’d finished, leave it on the needles for someone else, who was then free to change stitch or colour. We asked all the knitters to leave a message for the next person on a tag. Just like at Latitude, we ended up with lots of weird and wonderful ribbons, and an endearing array of messages.

On some ribbons the tags tell a story…

While on others, the knitting itself tells an intriguing tale…

Our next and final festival stop is End of the Road, next weekend. We’ll create another batch of ribbons there – and then I’ll begin working on what will happen to them next. I’m beginning to think of them as a study in how people (quite wonderfully) don’t follow instructions – especially interesting when knitting can sometimes be seen as a restrictive, pattern-based craft.

Latitude 2011

Last weekend we took the Keep & Share Knitting Tent to the lovely Latitude festival near Southwold. As well as plying our wares, we taught loads of people to knit and crochet and ran a communal knitting project (mentioned in the very first paragraph of the Guardian’s Latitude review). The idea was to knit ‘ribbons’ (narrow strips of knitting), with each one knitted by lots of different people. We asked people to knit or crochet as much or as little as they liked, and then to leave a message for the next knitter.

At the end of the festival, we had lots of knitted ribbons! Despite the rain, we had a great time and I’d like to thank Lily, Sarah, Steph, Rhian and Deb for their hard work as members of the knitting team.

A few of the ribbons were intriguingly shaped…

What next? Well, we’ll be continuing the same project at Green Man and End of the Road festivals during the summer, then I’ll turn all the ribbons into something – as yet top secret. Keep following the blog to find out what!

Latitude: knitters needed

As part of my Keep & Share activities, I run a knitting tent at various summer festivals. We sell Keep & Share knitwear and knitting supplies, and run a free drop-in activity where people can learn to knit and crochet, or just borrow needles and yarn to knit a contribution to a communal knitting project.

I’m currently on the lookout for 4 competent knitters to join our knitting team for Latitude Festival this July (15th-17th). The deal is that you get a free festival ticket in exchange for spending most of your time at the knitting tent teaching people to knit! It’s a fun place to hang out (knitting being such a convivial activity and all) and you get plenty of breaks to run off and see bands etc – plus you have each evening free.

Interested? Please drop me a line at amy@keepandshare.co.uk, outlining your knitting/crochet abilities (at a minimum, you need to be able to teach knit/purl/cast on/cast off, and any crochet skills are a welcome bonus) and your availability for the festival (ideally, you would arrive at the festival on Thursday afternoon/evening and stay until Sunday night or Monday morning, though there is scope for some flexibility).

You’ll find more info on Latitude Festival, including travel information, here.