One of the entertaining things about living in London is that every so often the word goes out around the knitting community that volunteer knitters are required for some sort of event. I am by nature curious and these opportunities often lead to finding out about organisations from the inside out, to be a participant rather than an observer. When Stitch London asked for knitters for an event at Tate Britain last weekend it seemed like just that sort of activity.
Apparently, a group of young people have been curating a participatory event where they choose an artwork and organise activities around the theme of a piece in the current exhibition of Pre Raphaelite artists. In this case the chosen work was 'The Lady of Shallot by John William Waterhouse. Taking a stanza from the poem of the same name by Alfred Lord Tennyson:
'She knows not what the curse may be
And so she weaveth steadily'
I found myself teaching anyone who came by how to use a tool I remember from my childhood, a Knitting Jenny or Nancy as it was known in our house to make cords.
These cords were used to make this spider's web.
All in all whilst rather tangentially connected with knitting I had a really good time chatting with people and taking part in this event. Thanks to Stitch London for coming upwith the idea We were told that of all the activities happening as part of this project ours was the most popular.
Best of all, I was especially entertained when I got home and read what it said on my identity badge. I'm not just a knitter - I'm a performer!
Out of my way luvvies!