A Memorable Yarn

An exploration of knitting and memory with Brenda Dayne


What is a memory?

It is a set of encoded neural connections in the brain. It is also our ability to store, retain and subsequently recall information and past experiences. Neurons firing in our brain allow us to knit, but it’s our memories of where we’ve been and what we’ve learned that make us knitters. 

Join Brenda Dayne on a journey through synapses, brain wrinkles, actions, words, needles, and yarn as she explores these primal human connections in A Memorable Yarn. A collaborative, investigative storytelling and gallery event, A Memorable Yarn brings knitters, their work, and their memories into the spotlight.

Your participation is simple. Donate a few yards of a yarn that holds a certain memory - perhaps leftover from a meaningful project, a yarn personally hand- dyed or hand spun, or a souvenir yarn from a foreign adventure - and an hour or two of your time to knit a small Memory Bag as a physical recollection of that special yarn or project. Download the instructions to knit your own Memory Bag, then record your memories on the form provided.

This small but intentional act will, in turn, create a new memory for you, as the knitter, and for Brenda, as the artist who will join these invisible strands and tangible objects into a single, powerful collection of personal history. Together, the Memory Bags will form a literal representation of hundreds of hours of labor, and create memory connections between knitters, bypassing age, gender, skill level, and geography.

A Memorable Yarn can’t happen without you. Bring your Memory Bag, your memories and, of course, your knitting to the Memorable Yarn event. 

A selection of the Memory Bags that Brenda has collected as part of the A Memorable Yarn project will be on display at the Pop-Up Marketplace, and Brenda herself will be on-hand to help kick-off the Yarn Crawl and Pop-Up Marketplace and answer questions and chat with folks about their own yarn-y memories. We hope you'll bring your own Memory Bag to add to Brenda's collection!

A skilled journalist, interviewer, profile and feature writer, Brenda Dayne has won international respect and acclaim for her innovative work as the creator and host of Cast On – a podcast devoted to her favorite subject in the world, knitting. An accomplished editor, she blends original, thought provoking stories, from a variety of writers, designers and artists, with independent music, to craft insightful programs about knitting and life. An early adopter of podcasting technology, she has written, recorded and produced over 140 hours of knitting-themed programming, creating a demand, and opening a new market for knitting-specific audio content. Since its inception Cast On has been downloaded over 2.77 million times.