Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Knitted Poem

I don't knit very often, if I do it is always for some charity or crazy textile project. Today's crazy textile project is The Poetry Society's The Knitted Poem!

"Over 700 knitters around the world are now knitting (and crocheting) the individual letters of an as-yet secret poem. Once the squares have been sewn together the assembled work could span some 40-feet. The final knitted poem will be revealed in all its glory in October 2009".

I said I was a beginner, and thank god I did, because with each row ripped back, I realised I'm crap at knitting. I won't go into the knittygrittys of all the things I did wrong, but mainly it's because I'm a day dreamer. My hands and eyes are going through the motion but the head is a million miles away, usually thinking about the next project. Knitting doesn't suit day dreamers like crochet does. Oh I know theres a few knitters out there willing to argue with me, but I'm talking extreme day-dreaming. Where you have done several rounds before you realised you did, and you have to count then (possibly/usually) rip back. It's a hell-of-a-lot easier with crochet. That's why I try to reserve crocheting to when I watch telly. In fact I'm now at the stage, I only watch telly so I can crochet! It zones me out just enough to crochet, but not enough to make mistakes. Well, I've only got Irish terrestrial, 4 crap channels, which is enough to drive someone to needles..

But I got it finished! The letter "I", its badly blocked, but it's finished, and going in the post today...They are still looking for blank squares but I just don't have the time at the moment. I also said I'd knit something for the Skye Bridge...

The Poem is being unveiled in October, can't wait to see what poem it is?

The Poetry Society

The Knitted Poem group (Ravelry)

4 comments:

mise @ pretty far west said...

I like your I, and what a good and eccentric idea the knitted poem is.

Stitchlily said...

Thanks, you should see the other letters! Thank god I got an 'I' and not a W or X...

I think I'm a bit addicted to doing projects like this...

HappySunshine said...

i am so glad someone else had 'problems'! i had 'T' and 'P' and thankfully did the 'T' first - and (as it was symetrical) didn't realise until the 'P' that i was reading the chart upside down or back to front or something similarly daft!!! your 'I' looks ace - keep it up!

Stitchlily said...

I tried it on different sized needles, trying to get it to be the 12", realised it couldn't be 12", because it's 'I'. Then had to ask the stupid question in the Ravelry group.."why won't my I fit"...!!

No, I think my hand-knitting days are over. It's torture! I just pulled out my neglected knitting machine, going to dust it off for future projects...