Slow Clothes: An Introduction to Knitting

Over the past 2 months, in spurts of off time from my day-job and maintaining relationships with friends and family, I've been curating a small zine about knitting and its ability to offer us a slower pace in life through "meaningful making". The idea for the zine sprouted from my decision to expand on my love for knitting and the fiber arts, by partnering with the Women's Center for Creative Work in Echo Park, to host an Introduction to Knitting Workshop. Slow Clothes, Part 1, is a collaborative assemblage of personal commentary on the counter-cultural Slow Movement, and the power knitting has to bring us into simple moments of being. The pages are laden with art and photography by Long Beach friends, and the pattern I wrote exclusively for the workshop will be included, as well as some reference material for those just embarking on fiber exploration. A Part 2 is envisioned for the future as well, which will be about sewing in relation to a slower paced life.

I will elaborate more on the zine once time allows. For now, check out the flyer and description below for more details about the workshop, and go to womenscenterforcreativework.com to sign-up. Make sure to register in advance!

For life really is a stitch. It has a beginning, a midpoint, and an end. It serves a purpose, and if we’re lucky, it creates something beautiful and enduring. – Clara Parkes

Workshop Description:

In this workshop you’ll learn the foundations to knitting and forming your own fabric stitch by stitch. During this 4 hour session you will be introduced to the tools and techniques essential to beginning and completing a knitting project. By the end of this workshop you will be able to wind a ball of yarn, create a swatch with basic stitches, cast on, bind off and seam the edges of your fabric into your own knitted pouch! Project yarn & needles will be provided, as well as your own copy of “Slow Clothes”, a zine about the Slow Clothing movement, which includes the instructions for the workshop and the pattern for the project we’ll make. Please bring a snack, water and eager hands!