"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.