Knitting and weaving

I can’t knit or weave with real wool warp and weft, but I do want to spend what time is left to me (many years I hope!)  doing something similar with the playwork world. Not to try make of it what I think it should be, but to see what can be made of the arguments  and agreements and new understandings that constantly appear and disappear. That come into fashion and go out and come back in again – like flared trousers.
Not fair to talk about fashions when talking about playwork? Well, when I started on Bermondsey adventure playground in 1978 the rhetoric that we used to get and justify our funding was that we were keeping kids off the streets. And now many projects are trying to encourage children to play in streets as their doorstep right to play domain. Or more accurately, persuade their parents and neighbours that this is a good thing in a country where there are about four vehicles on the roads for each child. That’s about 40 million motors and about 11 million children and young people.
So here I think we have an existential playworker problem.  Should we be making and holding special spaces where children can play according to the theory and science that we know nowadays. Or should we be thinking about how children can playfully inhabit the whole world they find themselves in? Working well beyond the traditional space and time boundaries of playwork? The liminal spaces that Penny Wilson discovers with children? The 
benign neglect that Tim Gill reminds us that most of us remember?
So back to knitting and weaving. I will leave that to the experts old and new. But I do want to be part of a new swirl of ideas about what playwork is and might become. Look here for starters
http://policyforplay.com/2014/03/25/interest-grows-in-a-new-vehicle-for-playwork/