Is there anything better than getting together with friends and spending an afternoon knitting? Why, yes there is! Getting together and knitting with friends IN PUBLIC for Worldwide Knit In Public Day!
Are you asking yourself what is Worldwide Knit In Public Day? Take a moment and read my post from last year where I touch on its history.
This year, we met at the same place, the courtyard in front of the Whitby Public Library; the group may have been smaller, but it was a beautiful day spent outside. My friend Polo over at the Knitter Nerd co-ordinated it, in partnership with Whitby’s LYS, Kniterary. Side note: if you’re not following Polo, you really should because she writes about really cool/yarny/nerdy stuff, and she just revamped her site and it looks awesome.
People were knitting, people were using knitting machines (quite the set up!), and I spent my afternoon seaming a baby sweater which will be mailed to its recipient later this week.
Last year I asked the question isn’t every day knit in public day, because I’m not shy about my habit; I’ve knit on planes, trains, automobiles, in restaurants, coffee shops, on sidewalk benches, and in the middle of parks. What makes WWKIP day so amazing is that there is power in numbers. When you get a sizable group together, everyone partaking in the same activity, passers-by want to come over and want to learn more about what we’re up to. We get to showcase our pastime, our passion. We get to spend time outside on a lovely June day with other knitters with the knowledge that around the world, there are others doing the exact same thing as you.
I’m going to keep knitting in public, but I’m already looking forward to WWKIP Day 2018!
Saturday was fun. A group of like-minded individuals, armed with sticks and string, congregated on Saturday at a local library, and there we sat and made stuff.
World Wide Knit In Public was started in 2005 (11 years!!) as a way to simply bring knitters together, and it is the largest knitter run event in the world (or so their website brags). Individuals (heros) in their respective communities organize individual events that all run throughout one particular day, and events happen in countries all over the world.
There must have been 20 or so people who all met at our local library and knit in the square in front for a number of hours. Many were friendly, familiar faces from knitting circles we attend, but there were also new friendly faces who were great to meet and chat with. There were also those who watched us with great curiosity as their made their way into the library, with one gentleman even offering to serenade us on his harmonica as we knit (until he realized that we were all chit-chatting and the music was making conversations difficult. The thought was kind, though!).
It was a great way to spend a few hours on a weekend, and this dedicated knitting meant I was able to make a great dent in my yoga socks, finishing them over the weekend. I can’t wait to try them out Friday morning!
As much fun as Saturday was, I’m left wondering, isn’t every day Knit In Public Day? I mean, I perpetually have knitting within a few feet of me; projects come to work, on trains, heck, I even took knitting on my cruise this past November! When I stop and think about it, I live every day like it’s knit in public day!
Here are a few pictures from the afternoon: