Soon the documentation of the project is completed. Here you can see Björn Granqvist at the County Museum of Västernorrland, http://www.murberget.se/ in the photostudio and an image from the digitalstudio at The artist workshop of Härnösand http://www.kkvh.se/.



A whisper from an other time

In the performance "Owning Our Own Time" July 6, 2011 in Gjógv in the Faroe Islands 20 dancers participated . They formed a small dance circle inside the larger knitting circle and performed a Faroese chaindance "in Gotu ein days". The evening ended with all participants together with the audience, about 120 people, dancing in the meadow by the sea. The dance has its roots from the 800's, a whisper from another time
Foto: Gunnar Bäckman, Vasa, Finland


A circle of human warmth

The knitting tells its own story. The context changes but the artwork expresses
the women saved time and care. A circle of human warmth.
Pictures from Gjógv and Eithi on the Faroe Islands.


"Owning our own time" - A knittingperformance in Faroe Islands, July 6, 2011

On the evening of 6 July 2011 the artperformance "Owning our own time", was taking place in the small village Gjógv on the Faroe Islands with 80 knitters from Nordic knitting symposium. The participants marched through the village to gather on a beautiful meadow by the sea. At the front of this last picture, with the black bag, you can see Handicraft Consultant Ulrika Bos-Kerttu from County Museum of Västernorrland. She has been one of the main organizers of the project.
The performance also included the accordionist Knut Olsen and about 20 Faroese singers / dancers. They showed their native dance in the middle of the knitting circle. It all ended with everyone dancing together.
During the performance the participants knitted together their beautiful red pieces into a single monumental knitting. One way to materialize this common time and experience in the Faroe Islands.
The wonderful pictures are photographed by Gunnar Bäckman, Vaasa, Finland. See more of his works on


To materialize time

In the Faroe Islands there are an unknown number of sheep. The Faroese company Sirri www.sirri.fo working with development and processing of domestic wool. Sirri has sponsored the performance by indigenous, Faroese yarn.
One of the questions in this project is if you can get help to materialize time by knitting, to see the time. If true, this old fishing box contains about 35 saved hours, 35 balls of yarn, waiting to come in handy.


Nordic Knitting Symposium is organisied by www.gavstrik.dk with assistance from lokal arrangers each year. Here, the editor of the Journal Gavstik, Kirja Kongsbak is working with the documentation of the decorations at the farewll-party in Gjógv on the Faroe Islands. More about this later.


First day at the Nordic knitting symposium 4 july 2011

The symposium took place in the villages Gjógv and Eithi on Eysturoy. The first day Nicolina Beder and Karin Bratteberg was talking about sheep and wool-traditon on the Faroe Islands.

Thorshavn 30 juni 2011

One-eight of the knitters

One-eight of the skilled knitters in their homes around the world in spring 2011.
In the performance in the Faroe Islands 80 knitters participated.
May I introduce Emma from Orebro, Sweden, Akiyo from Tokyo, Japan, Berit from Valbo, Sweden, Solfrid from Haugessund, Norway, Kerstin from Dannike, Sweden, Chiyo with friends from Gifu, Japan, Lotte from Losning, Denmark, Lis from Kopenhagen, Denmark, Edel from Trondheim, Norway, Margit from Tranby, Norway and the hands and knitting from Nauko, Hamura city, Japan.


Invitation to performace

In the summer of 2011, Nordic knitting symposium were planning to be held on the Faroe Islands. The women were invited to participate in a performance entitled "Owning our own time." The knitting will be performed on circular needles No. 4, 60 cm. The task is that each one will create a 25x75 cm large knitting, 150-200 mesh. The dominant color of the knitting should be red.
All are encouraged to create their own designs, using yarn from a beloved sweater, talk about their traditions or to produce a red, cheerful greeting.
The letters with knittingneedles and instructions were sent to Japan, Korea, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Faroe Islands and Sweden. Of the approximately 100 participants in the symposium 75 registerd


How can we see time?

I am interested in the concept of time. Time passes. We all are in this weightless sphere. Each one in their bubble. I would like to find a way to see the time, make it understandable. Can knitting provide a comprehensible picture of the time in a human pace? A time linked to the human body.


Is it possible to connect 100 knitters??

Foto: Frida Sjögren, www.fridasjogren.se
My name is Kerstin Lindstrom and I work as an artist. In summer 2010 I taught students at  the Nordic knitting symposium in various textile techniques. The symposium was held in Härnösand, Sweden. I was fascinated by the activity that went on. Colourful women sat in groups during breaks or at lectures and knitted incessantly. It was like a low-intensity power plant that just went on and on. The work generated human warmth.
This autumn an idea was occupying my mind. Would it be possible to connect 100 knitters in a monumental, common knitting?