The British Museum Group with their knitted archaeology.
As with everything in life, if you want to be good at something it all boils down to time and practise. Although our group has made some pretty unique things, when we first started learning we relied on books and hours of Youtube video tutorials to get us through all the stitch types out there. And while it’s no dirty little secret that newbies need patterns to read, one group of knitters have found some pretty original sources for their crochet pieces: the British Museum collection!
Drawing from thousands of years and spanning every region of the globe, a group of museum ladies are replicating certain pieces and archaeology themes as part of an archaeology festival. Launched by The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) the Festival of Archaeology offers over 1,000 events across England and Wales to encourage families to “get hands on with history”. Some pieces purled from the past include a “sewn henge”, a Sutton Hoo tea cozy, and Roman soldier – all available to see through the event Pinterest page.
From the British Museums collection, the left foot wool sock of a child found in Antinoupolis and dating from the Late Antique Roman Period (200-400).
Competing to find the best knitted archaeological item isn’t limited to just the British Museum Group though. The event is open to the general public who can move through the museums digitized collection, replicate their favourite items from history, and enter for a chance to win some museumy prizes including: books, knit packs, and memberships.
I’m looking forward to seeing who is crowned the winner and which historical moment is captured in yarn.
The festival runs from July 13-28 so there is still time for all your speed demons out there interested in joining.
I’ll admit that within the iSchool there is a bit of a rivalry between the MI and MMst students.
Libraries vs Galleries
Words vs Objects
But in the end, the resources we provide the public ultimately lead to the same things:
Education, personal transformation, and self actualization.
Kind of important things.
Working from that common ground and jokes at Mayor Fords expense, the Bissell Bombers
have decided to voice their support for striking Toronto Public Library staffers.
Since March 18th TPL staff have been on legal strike, setting themselves against
a series of changes that could drastically impact libraries throughout the city. As part
of their protests members have staged Read-in’s (which very clearly reference
library services) however, this Wednesday they will be hosting a Knit-in.
According the recent MI grad who contacted Bissell Bombers; knitting is,
…part and parcel of the stereotype of librarians as dowdy, grandmotherly figures. A Knit-In in support of a library both pokes light, tongue-in-cheek fun at this stereotype while simultaneously challenging it. Today’s knitters are full of passion and vitality. They choose to craft for the enjoyment of it and bring immense creativity to what they do. Such energy is a perfect fit for activist persuits, hence the rise of knit-ins and yarnbombings.
Well said, well said!
If anyone is interested in checking out the event, knit will go down on
Wednesday March 28th from 11am-2pm at City Hall.
For more info go to the TPL-ers FB event page.
It’s so great to see crowds of people out and about, taking advantage of all this
warm sunny weather!
And if the terrific temperatures haven’t distracted you from whatever it is your
supposed to be doing, Hart House is offering up it’s own procrastination temptation.
@HARTHOUSE We’re learning the basics of knitting and crocheting tomorrow. And having a spot of tea while we’re at it. ow.ly/9LXNY 3 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite
For the past few weeks Hart House has been hosting lunch time craft interludes, FOR FREE!
Running from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Reading Room, you can make things like sock moneys,
friendship bracelts, and buttons.
You can check out what future projects will be as well as see some of the past ones
by visiting the Hart House Facebook wall, blog, or events page (holy social media take over!)
Maybe the Bissell Bombers will show up and scout for new talent 😉