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KFB Poetry Lab Presents: k2tog Knitting Circle

  • 244 Augusta Avenue Toronto, ON, M5T 2L7 Canada (map)

Knife Fork Book at The Dark Side Studio

244 Augusta Avenue, Toronto

Jessica Bebenek‘s k2tog (“knit two together”) is an interactive art book of knitting patterns for poems, published by Berlin’s Broken Dimanche Press. This collection contains an introductory essay and 9 knitting patterns for poems by women in which the authors speak to each other through text & time, as you will experience first-hand in this intimate afternoon knitting circle.

From k2tog's introductory essay... "The collection includes three sets of poems: Elizabeth Bishop’s “Sandpiper” (1962) and P.K. Page’s glosa “Poor Bird” (1994); Sylvia Plath’s “Blue Moles” (1960), Anne Sexton’s “Sylvia’s Death” (1963), and Maxine Kumin’s “How It Is” (1974); and several translations by women of Sappho’s “Fragment 113”. Each poet reflects and expands on the lives, deaths, and words of the women who came before her, just as my ‘poems’—the tapestries—contain and reinvent each woman’s language. I wrote the patterns by mapping the stressed and unstressed syllables in the rhythm of each poetic line, and then translating those into knit and purl stitches. Each line of verse is a knitted row and each syllable, a stitch. Quite literally, these knitted poems can be read—if you understand both languages."

Bebenek guides the group through knitting one of the poems from k2tog, as well as discussion on collaborative making and the structural links between knitting & poetry. The knitting will be very accessible, designed to make the process as easy as possible for first-time knitters, and all supplies are included with k2tog. Leave with a copy of the book and your very own knitted poem!

WORKSHOP FEE: REGISTRATION REQUIRED free with the purchase of the book $30 REGISTER HERE:

DON'T WAIT TO BOOK! Only 10 spots available for this one-time event

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