The Social Knitwork #BCBS12
„Whoever is there are the right people, whatever happens is the only thing that could happen.“
The moment I meet you, the moment you tell me a story, our lives become knit together like stitches in a scarf. It might be a very short interaction, or the beginning of a lifelong friendship. Each meeting of people is a unique chance to knit together stories and make something new. At this years BarCamp Bodensee I want to spend time physically knitting our stories together into a scarf. Together our stories become something more than just the sum of their words.
BarCamps are self-assembling conferences on a wide variety of subjects, but most notably Internet and related geek areas of interest. Organizers offer the infrastructure and the participants use it to offer sessions and workshops. Sometimes the participants plan their sessions and sometimes they come about spontaneously from the synergies between the participants. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday I will be attending the third BarCamp Bodensee, located directly by the gorgeous Lake Constance.
BarCamps are always a great place to network and the relationships often translate into Social Networking relationships, either on Facebook, or Twitter. As a passionate knitter I am intent on bringing my craft to any event I attend, always singing the gospel of yarny arts with my needles. So when I recently stumbled on Lea Redmonds Conceptual knitting pattern „Social Knit Work“ I knew I had to bring it to BarCamp.
During the three days of BarCamp I ask you (yes you reading this) and everyone present to participate in making the BarCamp scarf. You get to choose one of four colors and tell me a little something about why you chose that particular color. I will then knit two rows in commemoration of your story and you. Your story will be flanked by two other stories and new meanings will emerge. I will be recording what I knit as well as actually knitting a scarf, so that we’ll also have an ebooklet, with a knitting pattern and a story collection, at the end of the weekend. As soon as the scarf is finished I’ll post the ebooklet and pictures on my blog (August at the latest).
- I present you with four colors; coral, petrol, gray-brown and white. You choose one color and tell me why you chose it. You can share a story, a memory, a curious fact, or an idea inspired by that color. I will then knit two rows in the color you have chosen.
- If you are at the BarCamp please come directly to me, I would love to start a conversation with you.
- If you are not at the BarCamp you can submit your choice, here in comments, on Facebook, on Twitter, or via your own Blogpost (please notify me via tweet or email). You can also email me directly at email@example.com
- Your submission can be in any language you want, though I prefer English and German, as I speak those two.
- I will write up all submissions into a wee little ebooklet after the weekend, so please also tell me if you want your name and a Web site/Twitter/Facebook published next to your story, or not, or if you prefer to be anonymous/pseudonymous.
- Submissions will be accepted until Sunday 6pm.
- The ebooklet will be published as soon as the scarf is done. I will send an email-notification to everyone that participated alerting them to the blogpost with the finished scarf pictures and the ebooklet. You will not receive any other email from me, unless you specifically ask to be put on my mailinglist.
- Any submissions that are racist or sexist will be ignored at my own discretion.