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EXCITED TO DIVE
INTO THE WORLD OF KNITTING AND SOUND

Here are some workbooks to get started. These workbooks are designed based on my own practice, and feel free to modify them according to personal preference. In case you have any doubts or uncertainties, please use the forum to ask questions or send a message through Instagram or email. If you would like to showcase your projects, kindly submit them through email or tag us on Instagram. The projects will be featured in our Gallery section. If you want to know more about sound and knitting, please refer to the About for further details. Thank you for reading and Happy Knitting!!

SOUND WORKBOOK

Goal:  

            View this workbook as your companion in exploring the world of sound and knitting. Let your intuition guide you as you embark on your creative journey. Focus your awareness on the auditory experience while immersing yourself in the craft of knitting, tapping into the sources of ideas that emerge through this dual engagement.

Materials:

Yarn

Knitting needles

Recording device (e.g. smartphone, voice recorder)

Pen and paper

Instructions:

  1. Find a location where you want to knit. Sit down and take a few deep breaths to ground yourself. (Inside or outside, for example, park, or cafe)

  2. Take out your knitting needles and yarn. Spend a few moments touching the yarn and needles, feeling the textures and weight in your hands. Notice the sounds surrounding yourself.

  3. Begin knitting. Focus on the sound and feel of the yarn and needle as you knit. Try to be fully present in the experience, letting go of any distractions or thoughts that come up.

  4. After a few minutes of knitting, take out your recording device and press record. Place the device near your knitting so that it can capture the sounds you're hearing.

  5. Continue knitting for as long as you like, periodically checking in with your awareness of the sounds and sensations of the knitting process.

  6. When you feel ready, stop knitting and recording. Take a few deep breaths to ground yourself again.

  7. Notice any changes in your knitting. Write down any observations or insights in your notebook.

  8. Spend a few minutes reflecting on your experience. How did it feel to focus your attention on the sounds and knitting? What did you learn about the relationship between knitting and sound? How might you use this exploration in your creative practice?

Note: You can record your whole process or take pictures whenever you feel it is essential. You can add additional elements to your knitting like beads. Remember it's your creative journey feel free to explore and experiment.

SOUND WORKBOOK 2

Goal:

            Delve into the realm of sound with a focused intention, closely observing how the interplay of auditory elements impacts the intricate process of knitting and the decisions you make, such as choosing colour, yarn, or needles along the way.

Materials:

Yarn

Knitting needles

Recording device (e.g. smartphone, voice recorder)

Pen and paper

Instructions:

  1. Record the sound or take a video that sparks your interest. Sit down and listen to the sound. 

  2. Allow the sound to influence your selection of knitting needles and yarn.

  3. Spend a few moments selecting the colour of yarn, size of the needle and considering additional elements like beads, specialty yarns, or combining different types of yarns. 

  4. Begin knitting while the sound is playing in the background. Try to be fully present in the experience, letting go of distractions or thoughts.

  5. After dedicating a suitable amount of time to knitting, capture some photos or videos of your knitting process.

  6. Continue knitting for as long as you like, periodically checking in with your awareness of the sounds and sensations of the knitting process.

  7. When you feel ready, stop knitting. Take a few deep breaths to ground yourself again.

  8. Spend a few minutes reflecting on your experience, and write your observations or insights in your notebook. How did it feel to focus your attention on the sounds and knitting? What did you learn about the relationship between knitting and sound? How might you use this exploration in your creative practice?

Note:  You can record your whole process or take pictures whenever you feel it is essential. You can add additional elements to your knitting like beads. Remember it's your creative journey feel free to explore and experiment.

SOUND OF NOSTALGIA

Goal:

              This guidebook leads you on a journey to explore the imaginative synergy between sound, memory, and the art of knitting. Imagine a world where every stitch and loop serves as a pathway for both sounds and memories. Sense the harmony between your knitting and your thoughts, blending the tactile and the emotions. Here, sounds and memories come together, intertwining to stir feelings, spark inspiration, and enhance the knitting experience.

Materials:

Yarn

Knitting needles

Recording device (e.g. smartphone, voice recorder)

Pen and paper

Instructions:

  1. Select a sound that you can either record or choose to knit in the vicinity of. Sit down and listen to the sound to ground yourself. 

  2. Make observations of how the sound influences your emotions or evokes certain feelings.

  3. Take out your knitting needles and yarn. Spend a few moments listening to the sound. Be present in the experience, allowing thoughts to flow through your mind.

  4. Begin knitting. Focus your attention on the sound, emotions, thoughts and knitting. (The sound will serve as a vessel of reminiscence, and through knitting, each emotion and thought will be stitched into that vessel, filling it with memories and sentiments.)

  5. After a few minutes of knitting, take some photos of your knitting process. Or. Take a video of your knitting to capture the sounds you're hearing.

  6. Continue knitting for as long as you like, periodically checking in with your awareness of the sounds and sensations of the knitting process.

  7. When you feel ready, stop knitting and stop the recording. Take a moment to relax and ground yourself again. 

  8. Spend a few minutes reflecting on your experience, and write your observations or insights in your notebook. How did it feel to focus your attention on the sounds and knitting? In what way did the sound impact your emotions, and were these emotions reflected in your knitting? What insights did you gain regarding the newfound connections between knitting and sound? Will you use this exploration in your creative practice?

Note:  These questions serve as examples; feel at liberty to explore a variety of inquiries. If it becomes overwhelming, don't hesitate to take a break. You can add additional elements to your knitting like beads. Remember it's your creative journey feel free to explore and experiment.

SOUND OF VISUALS

Goal:

              This guidebook will lead you through an imaginative journey into the world of knitting, exploring its auditory and visual artistic aspects, while highlighting how one can enhance and inform the other. Follow the sounds around you as you observe your surroundings and express them through your knitting. The act of knitting transforms into a multisensory endeavour. It will help you express yourself through textures, colours, and sounds, creating a unique piece and bringing your vision to life.

Materials:

Yarn

Knitting needles

Recording device (e.g. smartphone, voice recorder)

Pen and paper

Instructions:

  1. Select a location with both sounds and visuals, where you have the option to either record the sounds or choose to knit in that environment. Once you're there, take a seat and immerse yourself in the auditory experience while observing the surroundings.

  2. Make observations of how the sound influences your visuals you perceive and lit your imaginations. Engage with these sounds through interactive experiences.

  3. Begin knitting, and while doing so, explore how the chosen sounds enhance the knitting experience and the resulting visual creation. (For example, celtic cable represents chaos and crowd)

  4. After knitting for some time, take photos of your knitting process. Or Take a video of your knitting to capture the sounds you're hearing. You can write down observations or ideas. 

  5. Design your project based on the visuals evoked by specific sounds or multiple sounds.

  6. Continue knitting for as long as you like, periodically checking in with your awareness of the sounds and sensations of the knitting process.

  7. When you feel ready, stop knitting and stop the recording. Take a moment to relax and ground yourself again. 

  8. Spend a few minutes reflecting on your experience, and write your observations or insights in your notebook. How did it feel to focus your attention on the sounds and visuals? In what way did the sound impact your imagination, and were these visuals reflected in your knitting? What insights did you gain regarding the newfound connections between knitting, sound and visuals? 

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Note:  These questions serve as examples; feel at liberty to explore a variety of inquiries. If it becomes overwhelming, don't hesitate to take a break.I recommend keeping a journal to note down your experience and inspiration.. Remember it's your creative journey, feel free to explore and experiment.

SOUND OF DISCREPANCY 

Goal:

               This guidebook will lead you through an exploration of interplay between contrasting elements in knitting related to sound. Visualise how these opposing soundscapes can be mirrored in your knitting, creating stitches that convey both shadow and light, sorrow and joy. Experiment with pairings that mirror the emotions and atmospheres created by diverse sounds. Think of combining or creating unique stitches with bold colorwork, or mixing ombre hues with lively accents.

Materials:

Yarn

Knitting needles

Recording device (e.g. smartphone, voice recorder)

Pen and paper

Instructions:

  1. Choose a location to record the sound and take pictures and videos. Pay close attention to a range of sounds that evoke different moods, such as calm, happiness, melancholy, and excitement. Look at the contrasting element accompanied by sound, such as a festive ambience contrasting with gloomy dull weather. 

  2. Make observations of how two components make you feel, influence your emotions or evokes certain feelings. These components can either be two sounds or a combination of sound and visuals or tactile. 

  3. Explore and be aware how the "sound of discrepancy" can evoke powerful visual effects and emotions (colours, textures, stitch patterns, and yarn types).

  4. Allow these observations to guide your decisions regarding colours, needle sizes, and yarn choices. Write down points to make it easier. 

  5. You can choose to go back to the location or knit from your home. Take your knitting supplies. Play the sound in the background and  keep the discrepancy element in your mind. You can take a break to observe your progress and analyse or look at the videos and pictures. Allow your thoughts to guide your knitting.

  6. Inspect if you are leaning towards certain elements like patterns or colours. The aim is not to achieve a perfect combination but to allow your instincts to lead you through the knitting process (Your mood has a greater weight than sound and colour, and it may unknowingly manifest itself through the colours you choose, representing your emotional state).

  7. Take some photos or record your knitting process.

  8. Continue knitting for as long as you like, periodically checking in with your awareness of the sounds and sensations.

  9. When you feel ready, stop knitting and recording. Take a moment to relax and ground yourself again. 

  10. Spend a few minutes reflecting on your experience, and write your observations or insights in your notebook. How did it feel to focus your attention on the contrasting elements? Were you able to focus on both the elements or gravitate towards a particular element? Did it lead to a more creative approach? What insights have you gained about your knitting style and preferences through exploring the "sound of discrepancy"? Will you use this exploration in your creative practice?

Note:  These questions serve as examples; feel at liberty to explore a variety of inquiries. If it becomes overwhelming, don't hesitate to take a break. Remember it's your creative journey, feel free to explore and experiment.

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