September 2, 2009
A challenge: Twitter Knitters @ Shipley Lates, 25 September 2009
Twitter Knitters is a project for Stitched Up, one of the Shipley Lates on 25th September 2009, 6-10pm, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, UK.
Glittyknittykitty will be hosting a cosy knitting corner where you can try your hand at freeform knitting - but there is a catch. You can't get all comfortable without having something to keep mind and fingers occupied, for a little while between drinks from the bar.....
Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to bring something, post something or to knit something on the night (or indeed all) in 140 stitches or less. Based on the 140 character limit to the microblogging and social networking site, Twitter, we have devised a series of rules to help get your creative juices flowing. Join us as we build Twitter Knitters at the Shipley.
Rules for Twitter Knitters
- Knit something in 140 stitches or less to contribute to Twitter Knitters. 140 stitches must include your cast on and cast off rows, any increases or decreases.
- Twitter Knitters is a community based collaborative knitting and decoration project intended for fun, to stimulate creativity and wackiness and to provide a conduit for tangential knitting, textile art and good humoured tactile banter, based on the 140 character limit imposed by Twitter.
- The idea of Twitter is central to this challenge. If you have a Twitter account and are taking part, please capture your contribution on Twitter, preferably with a pic and using the tag #shipleytwitterknitters.
- Knitted Tweets (small projects or bits of knitting) will be created by glittrgirl and all who want to take part, and passed round as knitting WIPs (works in progress) to anyone who wants to add to them, or create their own Tweets on 25th September 2009, at the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, 6pm - 10pm. These Tweets will be joined together to create a Twitter Knitter stream.
- Tweets may be made prior to the event, either as pure Twitter Tweets (Twitter entries), and/or as Knitted Tweets. To be included in the physical Twitter Knitter stream, the Tweets must be available during the hours of 6 and 10pm on 25th September in the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear. If you wish to take part from outside of the immediate area, please leave a comment on this blog, and send your 140 stitch masterpiece, to arrive no later than noon GMT on 24th September 2009 to:
58 Low Friar Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
Anything received after this date will not be included.
- Participants on the night of 25th September may add to, embellish, graft on to, attach, change colour, pattern, yarn or in any other way increase the modalities of textile conversation in the Twitter Knitter stream.
- Participants must NOT frog, remove or alter any work done to point of receipt unless there are specific instructions to do so, which you are entitled to ignore if you so wish.
- Participants may use any materials or embellishments preferred, but by agreeing to take part must agree to add at least 20 stitches of knitting to the Twitter Knitter stream.
- The challenge is to be as creative as you can in 140 stitches or less - use whatever size needles you like, as many strands of yarn held together as you wish, increase, decrease, short rows, create a 2 dimensional or a three dimensional addition, add buttons, bows, ribbons, sequins and shiny things.
- By agreeing to participate you agree to contribute freely your time, ideas, yarn, embellishments and postage (if applicable)l.
- Knitted Tweets cannot be returned. They will form part of the larger Twitter Knitter stream of objects.
- By agreeing to take part you are putting your work and ideas into the public domain, and as such should be prepared to allow your work to be altered and added to by others. By agreeing to take part you give over the right of others to alter and redistribute your work.
- The Twitter Knitter challenge will end at 10pm GMT on 25th September.
Any questions please post a comment here with your email address and we will get back to you.
Please note: Some needles and yarn will be available on the night, but feel free to being along anything you would like to see included or would like to contribute to the project.
Thanks to MBE Newcastle for the local mailbox facility.
Posted by glittrgirl at September 2, 2009 9:31 AM
Ideas for knitting in 140 stitches or less might include a little leaf, a flower.
You could cast on 70 stitches and then cast them off again. Join into a loop - find someone else who has done the same - you have two links in a chain!
You could make something really big by using large needles and several strands of yarn held together, or something teeny tiny using cocktail sticks and sewing cotton....
Posted by: glittrgirl at September 2, 2009 5:38 PM
Yeah, count me in! :)
Posted by: brendadada at September 2, 2009 8:21 PM
Can't make it (will be on far north coast of Scotland), but maybe I could send something via snailmail?
Posted by: Scumkitten at September 3, 2009 9:23 AM
Snail mail contributions welcome!
Posted by: glittrgirl at September 3, 2009 9:31 AM
Sounds interesting. I live locally so hope to come along on the night - it's the day that I come back from holiday though so hopefully the plane won't be delayed.
Posted by: blissknits at September 6, 2009 4:48 PM
Hi all Newcastle knitters
I'm from new Writing North, a company that specialises in all things writing. we are programming a large book fete as part of the Durham Book Festival on October 24th at Durham student Union 12 -4pm.
As part of this we are holding a drop in knitting group led by a veteran knitter but we are looking for enthusiastic knitters who wouldn't mind coming along to be part of the knitting group and help anyone who wants to learn how to knit. It should be a lot of fun; the whole fete has a green theme and in line with this we are hoping to knit with recycled yarn made out of plastic bags and we plan to come up with a pattern for book warmers that people can take away with them.
If you would be interested in coming along and being part of the knitting group please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find further information about the event by going to:www.bookfestival.org.uk.
Hope to hear from you.
Posted by: catriona at October 1, 2009 11:23 AM
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