So the place is all set up, knitting machines at the ready. Looking forward to knitting and talking with visitors to junction road. How did I get here? Well the other day I got a ride in a flatbed truck with all my kit up the A12 from essex. Today it was a bus, then a train, another train, two tubes, then home again two tubes, two trains and a ride home in the car.
Had the first drop in today at Junction Road. My first visitor was so keen she arrived before I had finished setting up! There were four completed plans for answers to 'How did I get here?', one of the Archway tower, a pair of hiking boots, a twitter app on a phone, and a freedom pass. Lots of visitors young and old tried their hand at knitting roads and rails on the knitting machine.We were also amazed by a lady who showed us how to do the most marvellous Lithuanian Tatting (a type of lace). Really looking forward to Wednesday afternoon for more Yarn based fun in Archway.
My connection with Archway? Turns out my Dad lived here in a shared rented room not long after leaving the emerald isle in the early sixties. He told me the address of his old digs and it's still there. I have now rendered number 2 Waterlow road in Knit, and it's on display in the window of Junction Road.
The next knitting drop in will be on Wednesday 27th February 4-6pm. Come along and answer the question How did I get here?
Tomorrow evening there will be an open knitting session, 4-6pm at 36 Junction Road. Equipment and materials will be provided but you can bring your own if you like too. All abilities welcome.
Open knitting session tonight! 4 - 6 p.m, hope to see you there!
Had a fantastic response to the open session, with lots of visitors trying their hand at knitting in various forms. A flurry of answers on postcards too. Thanks to all who joined in. Today was spent knitting roads, and trying to make all the tracks look less like a ladder!
Looking forward to another open session tomorrow. Spent the day knitting, and the train journey drawing, I feel like it's all starting to take shape now.
Had a very busy days knitting. My arms feel like they've had a proper workout! Saturday was a good open session. One visitor came all the way from Brixton and knitted about two metres of road. Amazing effort. The road is now snaking its way around the room about five metres long.
Knitted around 20 cats today, all colours plus one black one which is Dick Whittingtons cat from the Archway hospital logo as this is how one of the participants came to be here. Unfortunately I have made a back to front 'a' in cat... the perils of knitting on a machine where only the reverse is visible until most of the work is done. Had the photographer in today too to document the project and also made postcards, a chart, and some people trying their hand at knitting cats and roads. Busy busy. And I knitted three C11 busses too.
Katheryn very kindly helped me knit about 2.5m of track today and we had a fair few visitors in to talk about the project. Also had the most wonderful knitted pieces arrive from two participants ...a freedom pass and a smart phone with the twitter icon. Pretty overwhelmed by them.
Had two very pleased participants drop by to say how they loved their knitted journeys up in the window. And had two wonderful parcels arrive with hand knitted answers to How did I get here?. Now the window is full so many passers by are stoping to to look and smile.
The work has been up in the window all weekend, and it seems so at home I am sad to have to take it away. It has had a really good response and my most regular visitor said that the words had become local catchphrases in the area! I love this idea that the piece gave people a forum to share their journeys and it is an unexpected legacy.