Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cross Stitch

Mini knittingImage by betsyjean79 via FlickrI had high expectations from ‘Handmade Nation’ which is a monthly day of events inspired by the indie documentary at Nation of Shopkeepers. Lots of arts, crafts and design, all for fun and general guilt free enjoyment were promised. The listing told us to come down and take part in making things or come down and watch and hang and listen to music or whatever took our fancy. 100% fun absolutely guaranteed in the fullest?! 

I couldn't have been more disappointed, I never imagined that knitting was such a judging recreation. I approached the 'fun area' and attempted to interact with the participants, eventually after standing there for several moments I asked about being involved. I was provided with a knitting needle and yarn and told that by the end of the session I would be the male equivilant of the Yarn Harlot. I envisioned being able to create consecutive loops, weaving threads to produce a two-dimensional fabric whilst applying sewn darts, flares, gussets and gores, that follow the body's curvature closely. This wasn't the case, I was sheepish because we had high expectations but were thrown to the wolves! Farewell to the fareground, these rides aren't working anymore...
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