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Wednesday, December 6, 2006

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The Museum of Contemporary Art is once again hosting the Downtown Sn’b! A lively cast of characters gathered for a row or two in the lovely Puck’s Cafe.

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Artist Anni Holm coordinated an interactive installation piece she calls “Networking”. A central piece of knitting was worked on simultaneously by random knitters throughout the evening, all working from a circlular position in tandem.

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It was fascinating to see what each knitter added to the piece – there was cabling, eyelets, and one knitter was twisting her strip every few rows to make a 3-D *cable*.

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That’s Anni smiling on the left; she’s taken this project to Iowa and Pennsylvania so far -

What’s fascinating about this, and other types of *knit-ins* I’ve witnessed is the ENERGY this creates -

Besides the end result of the piece, you have this interesting synergy between the knitters – even though they are working on a singular piece, they are bonded together by the stitching motion and purpose – powerful and FUN!

I love knitting in a group – it wasn’t until I joined one in 2001, that my knitting fever really took off. The constant inspiration of the other knitters really launches one into bigger and better horizons. You suddenly are trying things you never thought of before or didn’t think you could do.

The main exhibit at the MCA right now is “Massive Change: The Future of Global Design”. It is fascinating as well – it explores “the power and responsibility of design.” If you notice, in the first picture above, the question is posed: “Will we shift from the service of War to the Service of Life?” Looking at the turnout of stitchers sitting in peace together, perhaps that answer could be Yes.


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