As part of the new feature of our podcast, knitting field trips, I went to see the movie Yarn on November 2 hosted by The Contemporary Austin. The museum features arthouse movie screenings throughout the year on the rooftop of the museum.
It was a beautiful, unseasonably warm night. When she booked the event for November, the program director envisioned the audience snuggled up in hand knit sweaters and hats, but instead we were comfortable in our sandals and short sleeves.
A team from Hill Country Weavers, a local boutique yarn shop, set up shop to teach audience members how to knit. Or, those who already knit were invited to contribute to a yarn bomb project that was left at the end of the night. Not everyone who attended was necessarily a knitter or crocheter. Museum members and sponsors also attended and were excited to give knitting a try. While it was too dark for me to knit when the movie started, a few dedicated crafters made an effort to get in a few rows.
The movie follows artists who use yarn as their medium in areas such as performance art, graffiti and interactive play spaces. They talk about their work and the challenges they face bringing a "craft" into the realm of professional art. Themes explored include male vs. females in arts, art vs. craft, diversity, humanity, the environment and much more.
Throughout the film, one of my favorite authors Barbara Kingsolver narrates highlights from her piece, "Where it Begins," which explores all the emotional and sensory experiences knitters know well. It's a lovely piece every knitter can appreciate. (I have read pieces of to my non-knitting husband and even he enjoyed it.)
It could have been the wine or the warm night on a rooftop in my beloved city surrounded by likeminded crafters, but I left the movie feeling warm inside and in touch with all the other people in the world who are connected to me through a bit of yarn.
For more on the movie, listen to the VeryPink Knits podcast, episode 22.