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.
Eermahgerd! Eermahgerd! Eermahgerd!
The AGO 1st Thursday show is almost here!!!
We are so excited for the big event, so excited that we have neglected to
update you all on the amazing things that came out of
our desperate donation drive.
So here we go, our last big photo glut pre-install.
First up, we have some lovely flowers to go on…
Laura J. has been providing the group with a series of leafy greens
for almost a month now. I’ve been a bit of a bad blogger and taken
an unfortunately long amount of time in finally displaying my
adoration for her publicly.
But no more! A tip of the hat and a Bissell Bomber SHOUTout to Laura J.
who has been an active contributor to the project on Facebook, with her
cute little links and stories, and her kind donation of pattern books
(with the doubly generous offer of passing them along to potential
yarn bombers if they are looking for inspiration).
THANKS LAURA J.!
We hope to see you at the big show THIS Thursday at the Art Gallery of Ontario!
Since this site is supposed to be documenting and inspiring people
to get out and knit, it made sense to add a section
about HOW to start your own projects!
Introducing the DIY tab!
Our first inductee is the Pneumonia Vest
mentioned in the other days blog, but we’ll be
adding more as we go along.
Wowza! One of our international knitters made a surprise visit to the T-Dot!
And it was hella inspirational!
After exchanging some hagwon stories over “coppee” ( that’s for all my hanguk chingu’s)
we got down to the serious business of planning future bombs.
Now this particular knitter is probably the nicest, sweetest, most thoughtful person
you would be honoured to meet. And when she started telling me about the charity
work she has been involved with over in South Korea; where she is spending her free
time in soup kitchens, collecting hundreds and hundreds of socks to hand out to
the homeless, and basically being a world peace super star – it got me thinking
about what the heck the Bissell Bombers could be doing.
Did you know that there are knitting groups who take the scrap yarn from
finished projects, and make tiny little baby clothes with them for third world
hospitals to use?
The idea is that babies are at a high risk of contracting pneumonia, so the vests and
toques help prevent this. A lot of church groups have started up knitting circles
to make these, but you don’t have to share a faith to help out a kid.
I think that during the upcoming Reading Week, whenever I get stressed out
over assignments I’m going to take a breather, knit a pneumonia vest,
and giggle over pictures of babies.
Too friggin’ cute!