Sunday, 30 August 2015

In The Loop 4

I'm back down to earth now after a week in Glasgow at
 In The Loop 4, Knitting: From Craft to Couture.

This was the third of these conferences that I have attended and like the curate's egg was good in parts.  Some stand-out speakers, someone brought me to tears,  but I was amazed to see that many of them just hadn't prepared and these were academics who should know better.  I find that my circle of knitting/spinning/creative friends are very inclusive and welcome and accept anyone, after all we are all a bit weird in our own way and through creative pursuits I have met literally all sorts.  I found one particular speaker offensive in his/her views and I wonder if he/she did research in the real world
 but then I am not a gender queer crocheTer, (hard t)?

My absolute favourite was Kari Steihaug the stories of the found objects behind her work made me cry, her art was really clever and relatable.  
Annemor Sundbo always a top notch act, she knows her stuff, experience pays. 
 Jade Halbert we are expecting great things from Jade. 
 Rosemary Eribe, I very interesting talk on a real life knitwear company and big business. 
 Di Gilpin, another woman running a knitwear company that has to pay in the real world. 
 Helen Robertson, a far too modest artist from Shetland, she just rattled on about her art and let her talent just showed through, no power point needed!

We had a couple of evenings in The Yarn Cake, what a pleasure to be welcomed by a store owner who knows how to run a yarn shop and all of the team there were just the same.  We met up with knitters from across the land and that was before the conference had even started.  We had a civic reception in Glasgow Council Chambers with a councillor who was right on the money, how refreshing.  What the conference lacked the social gatherings made up for, 
I haven't laughed so much in ages.

I managed to knit a pair of socks in 5 hours, Raggsockgarn from Midwinter Yarns 
for the Birthday boy, neon orange of course. 
 I also cracked on with the very demanding Abram's Bridge from Pom Pom in the fantastic Cumbria yarn from The Fibre Company, this was solely due to the calibre of speakers, so there must have been at least 5 hours of really good speakers!

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