k2tog is an interactive art book of knitting patterns for poems. 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. The knitted pieces, whether created by Bebenek or the reader using the attached knitting needles and twine, are the next poem in these continuing conversations. You can find out more about the project and process at www.jessicabebenek.art/k2tog.
The Canadian edition of the book was risograph-printed and hand-bound by the author, Jessica Bebenek, at the Centre for Expanded Poetics in a limited edition of 100 copies. The books are delicately crafted on lightweight earth-toned paper with black tissue paper end pages, emulating vintage women's knitting magazines. The pages are beautifully colour blocked in soy-based risograph inks and include high-resolution photographs of the finished knitted pieces alongside the knitting patterns.
Each book includes 50 metres of twine which has been wound by hand around a pair of wooden knitting needles, underlining the invitation for the reader to continue this knitted conversation. The spine of the book is bound with this twine and knotted so that the reader can cut the twine from the spine of the book to create with it, or can leave it intact as an art object.