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Poetry Mitt Along

Join us for the Tatter Poetry Mitt-Along! Every week we will knit one line of the poem from the mitten pattern and discuss the poet and the process of knitting over zoom. The history of placing words and poems of inspiration, spirituality and protest (overtly and secretly) onto garments is long and storied. It adds layers to the notion that textiles are agents of change and holders of human story. 

Rather than choosing a single poem and privileging a single voice, we chose several lines from several poets which inspire us. After all, this project is, at its most basic level, the work of many hands. The hands of the original maker whose work guided the hands of our pattern designer using yarn which was carded, spun, and dyed by the hands of artisans in Tajikistan. As such, our mittens are a veritable archive, just like our library. 

Whether you buy the kit or just the pattern, you can join the email list and zoom sessions with our pattern designer, Elliot Rockart, starting on January 19th. We hope you will join to discuss the poem, troubleshoot the mittens, connect with your Mitt-Along community, and share your thoughts on the process. We also hope that you will share your process on social media whether or not you can join us on zoom— we cannot wait to see your creations!

*All Mitt-Along Zoom Sessions will occur from 5 - 5:45 pm ET*

January 19th: Etel Adnan

January 26th: Emily Dickinson

February 2nd: Sojourner Truth 

February 9th: Sandra Cisneros

February 16th: Bob Hicok

February 23rd: Audre Lorde

March 1st: June Jordan

March 8th: Etel Adnan

March 15th: Thumbs

March 22nd: Fringe

  

There is no fee to join, but you are invited to make a donation to the library at checkout!

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