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Let’s Knit have been asking for poetic contributions on their Facebook page which got me thinking. There’s been a fair few poems about knitting and even one (at least) Knitted Poem. The knitted poem was organised by The Poetry Society in 2009 and is a giant rendering of a Dylan Thomas poem (don’t believe me? check it out!) You can experience ‘The Twelve Days of Knitmas‘, or learn how poetry and knitting combine. Jean Moss has a whole selection of knitting inspired poetry on her website including my personal favourite ‘The Needles and the Damage Done’ by Peter Wyton.
I have to admit bias here, he’s my Dad and the poem is about me inspired by an unfortunate incident I had in a Brighton pub. There I was, with another lass from my knitting club, quietly enjoying a drink and knitting a jumper when the manager showed up and asked us to leave. ‘Why?’ we asked, somewhat confused ‘We don’t want that sort of thing in here.’ he replied waving at the knitting. Here’s Peter performing the poem on You Tube, sadly, it’s audio only but if you enjoy it please listen to a few more (be warned though this one, ‘Organs of Pleasure, is really funny but very definately not work friendly!)