October 25, 2012
September started with the brilliant ‘In The Loop 3’, a knitting conference at The Discovery Centre in Winchester, run by Linda Newington head librarian a the Knitting Reference Library at Winchester. Topics varied from ‘Knitting in Sport’, the heading under which I presented my first conference paper, to ‘Voices’ and ‘Well Being’. The conference was absolutely brilliant and very thought provoking. I will do a proper write up when I have the time to properly do it justice.
Highlights for me were Tom of Holland, and his brilliant Cabinet of (knitting) curiosities, and Stitchlinks, groundbreaking research, and a movement which utilises crafts, in particular knitting, to improve wellbeing.
‘Our mission is to use knitting and other activities to improve wellbeing generally, but also to complement medical treatments in the self-management of long-term illness. We are working closely with academics and clinicians, and as a direct result, therapeutic knitting and therapeutic knitting groups are being formally acknowledged by leading clinicians and academics for their benefits in mainstream healthcare.’ taken from the Stitchlinks website.
I found their research and findings so inspiring, especially the findings that handknitting actually releases Serotonin!
I also took part in the Shetland Fairisle knitting workshop with the lovely Wilma Malcomson, from The Shetland Designer, where I spent a very happy day learning all the tricks of her trade. Photo’s of her beautiful samples she prepared for the workshop below.