Ever wondered how to pair your knitting with your favourite tipple? Or how a fleeting dash of colour is translated to a magical hand dyed yarn? Our stellar line up of PPQ guests will be exploring these questions and have plenty more inspiring ideas, tips, and samples to share in our Pomfest Presents series of informal talks.
Much like Elena Skoreyko Wagner‘s illustration above it will be the perfect occasion to unite with your fellow crafters. Psst! This illustration is now available as a limited edition print in the Pom Pom shop!
Each of these fantastic talks are free to attend with a marketplace ticket! So not only do you get to come to the coolest knitting event this summer, your Pomfest ticket includes entry to as many of these talks as you fancy. Please note that seats are first come first served.
Several of our guest speakers will be giving you lucky Pomcats the opportunity to win a pair of tickets which will give you access to the marketplace on the day of their talk and your own front row seat! Keep an eye on their social media accounts and the Pom Pom one too for more information.
Without further ado let’s get into the knitty gritty of the programme…
Friday at Pomfest – buy your ticket!
Bristol Ivy // Julia Farwell-Clay // Thea Colman // Anna Maltz
Camera Roll Full of Sweater Photos: Finding Inspiration and Turning It Into Reality
by Bristol Ivy
Friday 14 July, 11am
Knitters and designers find inspiration from many different sources, and translate it into spectacular designs that are uniquely their own. In this talk, Bristol Ivy discusses the different ways you might find knitting inspiration, and will share her own method of moving from inspiration to reality.
Lessons from the Coast: the Legacy of the Cowichan Sweater and the Coast Salish Knitters
by Julia Farwell-Clay
Friday 14 July, 12.30pm
The iconic Cowichan sweater grew from the meeting point of several fiber traditions, and is now recognised by Heritage Canada as a nationally treasured tradition. But the native people who make the sweaters have suffered from colonialism and exploitation for their creativity. The sweaters were developed as a tool of survival, their design representing tradition and adaptation. Starting with quick a story from her own childhood in the Coast Salish region of British Columbia, Julia Farwell-Clay will tell their story and share photographs of some truly beautiful sweaters.
Mixing Knitting WIPs and Cocktail Tips
by Thea Colman, BabyCocktails
Friday 14 July, 2pm
As someone who often makes things out of both yarn and spirits, Thea spends a lot of time thinking about the parallels between her hobbies, including the many ways to make either one as simple or complex as her mood requires. In this talk Thea is going to explore tools, tips, and methods you can use in your knitting and drinking lives to either go easy or have some fun. And perhaps mix a few things up while she’s at it.
Knitters in the Round: Panel Discussion – Where There’s a Wool, There’s a Way
hosted by Anna Maltz
Friday 14 July, 3.30pm
Pom Pom started life in the UK in 2012. In Issue 21, our fifth anniversary issue, we explored the wool industry and how it has changed since Pom Pom first started five years ago. In this panel discussion Anna Maltz chats with five yarn aficionados about the industry more broadly, covering the many and varied ways we work with wool, from hand dyers to hand knit designers. The panel will discuss the current prognosis of the industry, where we’ve been, and where we’re yet to go.
Saturday at Pomfest – buy your ticket!
Veera Välimäki // Clara Parkes // Emily Foden // Olga Burarya-Kefelian // Anna Maltz
Interpretations: The Story of Volume 4 and Beyond
by Veera Välimäki
Saturday 15 July, 11am
Renowned designer Veera Välimäki takes us on the journey she has shared as one half of the design duo behind the Interpretations series, telling the story of two friends from opposite sides of the world combining their love of their countries and beautiful knitwear. With all of the beautiful samples from Volume 4 on hand and a look at some sneak peeks of what’s to come when Veera and Joji mark their 5th anniversary in early 2018 with the release of Volume 5.
A Stash of One’s Own: Exploring the intersections of Gender, Money, and Physical Space
by Clara Parkes
Saturday 15 July, 12 noon
In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf suggested that only with an independent source of income and a room of her own would a woman be truly free to create great literary works. For knitters, that sacred physical and financial “space” from which creativity stems is rooted in the stash.
So many feelings come up about our yarn, whether we invest a lot in it or a little, whether our house is jam packed or contains just one tidy tub. Yarn has the potential to be a source of domestic strife, a medium for memories, a way to cloak our demons, and a way to slay them. In this lecture, Clara Parkes explores ways to navigate the politics of gender, finance, and personal space within the yarn stash.
Parkes is the New York Times-bestselling author of Knitlandia and the forthcoming anthology, A Stash of One’s Own: Knitters on Loving, Living With, and Letting Go of Yarn. She writes for Knitter’s Review and offers occasional small-batch, breed-specific wool yarns at ClaraYarn.com.
Viola’s Woolly Adventure
by Emily Foden
Saturday 15 July, 1.15pm
Hand dyer, Emily Foden, shares a peek behind the scenes at life in the country and the latest chapter in Viola’s woolly adventure. From feeding turkeys and hiking waterfalls, to digging out 100 year old floors and rescuing stray dogs, with quite a lot of knitting in between, Emily has been discovering colour inspirations around every corner of her new home. Find out just how she’s adapting to life in the country, and how she turns those inspirations into colours on yarn, it may not be how you expected…
The Mountains and Valleys of Dimensional Design in Hand Knitting
by Olga Buraya-Kefelian
Saturday 15 July, 2.15pm
Olga Buraya-Kefelian’s style is quite recognisable in the world of hand knitting. Her personal vision and passion for creating and customising dimensional knit fabrics is the core topic of this talk. You will learn about her unique process from what inspires her and how she chooses to organise various hand knitting techniques and then utilises their varieties to help her engineer unusual textured knit fabrics then subsequently turn into hand knit garments or accessories.
The subject is to going to have you take a different look at hand knitting in general and hopefully inspire you to create your own high relief knit fabrics for an architectural and impressive look.
Knitters in the Round: Panel Discussion – Crafting Consciously
hosted by Anna Maltz
Saturday 15 July, 3.30pm
Regular Pom Pom columnist Anna Maltz discusses the ethics of our crafty lifestyle with five leading practitioners, including Clara Parkes and Julie Asselin, offering helpful hints on buying local and how small changes can make a big difference to the environmental impact of our hand knit habits.
An incredibly inspiring line up we think you’ll agree! Grab your tickets here if you haven’t already and we’ll see you (and your knitting) there.
Pom Pom xx