Summer in Yarn Cove this year has been especially warm and sunny. It would be a shame to be tied to a computer screen, so I have let the blogging slide.
The knitting, however, is an all-weather activity.
In July, I was invited to take part in an experimental electronic music/knitting/performance art piece as part of Sound Symposium XIX, an international sound and music festival that happens here every second year.
One of the visiting groups, Rokkur, combines the tools of knitting with electronics to create sounds while knitting and engaging in other woolly activities. I was put in touch with Sarah Albu, one of the members of Rokkur, nearly a year ago. Sarah asked me to wind up a posse of knitters who might be into doing a performance piece.
No problem. St. John’s is the kind of town where random acts of art happen.
Sarah was initially concerned that the knitters might be too shy to perform. Rokkur had encountered that in other cultures and countries.
No problem, I assured her. People in St. John’s are all about random acts of art.
In the end, there were four of us knitters, Sarah, and Reuben the improvisational clarinetist. (What would knitting performance art be without improvisational clarinet?)
We did a half-hour set at a Sound Symposium evening concert at the LSPU Hall.
Apparently we were a hit.
In August, attached to my working life, I was invited to take part in the Winterset in Summer Literary Festival in Eastport.
It’s a gathering of writers, musicians, and people interested in such things in a lovely part of rural Newfoundland. I took a bagful of my completed knitting projects, just in case some of them might like a handmade souvenir.
The festival’s HQ is The Beaches Arts and Heritage Centre, a lovely performance and community space at Eastport.
I mentioned to Glendene at the Centre’s office, that I had a few pieces of knitting with me.
Show me what you’ve got – says Glendene.
The next thing I know, Glendene is digging through my bag of socks, hats and trigger mitts, and she took the whole works on consignment.
So now there’s a pile of Yarn Cove products for sale at the Beaches gift shop.
I am beyond excited, and I’m curious to see what sells.
It’s also great motivation for me to keep knitting – and get back at the blogging.