Join Jane Lawrence for a WW1 Knit-In at Royal Festival Hall Riverside Cafe by BBC Radio 3 pop-up studio. London.
Date: Monday 24th March
Time: From 1.30 p.m. Hope to continue until 6.30 so we catch In Tune with Sean Rafferty who has helped promote the WW1 knitting project
Bring: Needles if you have them, any wool in muted colours
Beginners: There’ll be people around who can get you started with knitting
Anyone is welcome to drop in with their knitting for this highly informal session of knitting, chatting, listening and watching the presenters at work. Headphones are provided for listening to the broadcasts. Beginners are welcome and Jane has prepared several sets of needles with the beginnings of a garter stitch scarf ready for people to have a go. We do appreciate that this is very short notice but if any of you can make it, that would be great. The RFH is 6 minutes from London Waterloo and just across the river from Charing Cross Station.
Details of the Southbank Centre: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/visitor-info
For those unable to come, you can catch the broadcasts via the Radio 3 website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3
A taster of the film based on just the first two days filming. Spot knitting by Elizabeth Lovick, Sheila Cunnea, Judith Brodnicki, Juniper Askew and Liz rogers and crochet by Alison Casserly.
When WAG Screen decided to make a film to mark the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, we had no idea that we would meet with so much generosity and love. I can think of no better way to mark such a poignant anniversary. We now have a team of over 250 knitters offering their expertise, knowledge, knitting time and even dipping into their own stashes to help. We also have wool donated from Rowan Wool, Texere, Jamiesons of Shetland, Frangipani aka Guernseywool.co.uk and Blacker (thank you all). However, just as we had no idea that this wonderful knitting project would blossom from our original plan, we hadn’t budgeted for it either and the postage alone is considerable! Please help us either directly or by posting the link to our Kickstarter campaign. Thank you xx
Knitting designer Liz Lovick has modernised the 1918 pattern below for today’s knitter, with all the extra information required as well as yarn and needle sizes. We have made it part of our Kickstarter fundraiser: Check out the updates there for more. £15.00 donation is all that is required.
Seeing the items knitted anew from old patterns is a little like time travelling. Sheila Cunnea knitted this beautiful cardigan using a 1918 pattern and Rowan Creative Focus Worsted wool.
The 21st century model is Bryony Roberts.
Two weeks ago I casually tweeted for a volunteer knitter to help create the costumes for a community-created film about the First World War and my Twitter account nearly melted! So many wonderful people, from Orkney to Omaha, came together and created an instant and thriving group of researchers, organisers and above all, super-talented knitters – over one hundred of them!
The film, Tell Them of Us’ is being made by WAG Screen to mark the anniversary based on the story of one man on one memorial. All of the clothes knitted will be used in the film, on the history day and for an exhibition. The more clothes we can create the more people can be involved. We will be knitting everything from the fashionable woollens of 1917 to the soldiers’ comforts (balaclavas and gloves etc) that were knitted for the soldiers on the front line.
There will be many different people blogging from our ‘Okney to Omaha’ skein of sisters (and one brother) – so enjoy our many voices and stories!
Pauline Loven, Producer/Costumier WAG Screen.