Hear voices from knitting’s past

Betsan Corkhill‘In The Loop’, the series of conferences exploring the history and culture of knitting, will host its third event from Wednesday 5 – Friday 7 September 2012, at the Discovery Centre in Winchester.

This year’s event, subtitled ‘The Voices of Knitting’, features three packed days of talks from entertaining and knowledgeable speakers from around the world.

Dr Jill Riley and Betsan Corkhill (pictured at the top of this post) will be talking about the medical links between knitting and wellbeing, while Shetland knitter Hazel Tindall will share her reminiscences of knitting in the Shetland Islands in the 1960s.

Other highlights include an intriguing look at the knitwear worn by polar and Himalayan explorers, given by Shetland Museum’s Carol Christiansen.

There will also be a series of knitting events offering a hands-on contingent, including practical workshops led by experts in the field – bookable through the Discovery Centre.

The Knitting Reference Library, a fabulous resource based at the University of Southampton’s Winchester campus, will also be open for those attending the conference, so why not go along to pore over the wealth of knitting books, knitting patterns, journals and magazines?

Full details and a conference programme can be found at www.soton.ac.uk/intheloop. Tickets start at £50 for a day, or £150 for three days. Book online or by calling the Winchester Discovery Centre box office on 01962 873603.