Isn’t Everyday Knit In Public Day? WWKIP2016

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!

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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:

Recently Finished Objects – A Bragging Post

Really, this post is simply to show off pretty yarns.

Earlier, I wrote about working on a baby blanket for a friend who is expecting.  I finished it well before my deadline of the shower, and I was very happy with the final project.  It is warm, soft, squishy, albeit a little heavy, but perfect to keep a baby boy all snuggled up.

Garterlac Baby Blanket, finished January 2015
Garterlac Baby Blanket, finished January 2015

On my needles since early December, I bought the yarn and pattern from one of my favourite local yarn shops, Soper Creek Yarn in beautiful downtown Bowmanville.  I worked on it on and off during those two months, and I finally finished it last Sunday!  The colours really make this simple shrug as lovely as it is.  I made it with James C. Brett Marble Chunky in the MC6 colourway.

Simple Shrug
Simple Shrug

I must have been in a big knitting mood that Sunday, because I also finished the yoga socks I was making for my boss!  I used the Paton’s Yoga Sock pattern, which had a lovely texture to it.  When she asked me to make them, I asked my boss what colour she would like them in, and as a response I received an “oh, you know…”  This was a very stressful answer!  Ultimately, when I saw the colours in Schachenmayr Regia North Pole Color, I knew the deep blues and purples would be perfect!  I’ll likely make this pattern again when I make myself a pair!

Yoga Socks
Yoga Socks

The final project I’ll share again has a tie to Soper Creek Yarn.  I bought the yarn to make the shrug during Bowmanville’s Moonlight Madness festival.  It’s one of my favourite local events to attend.  The town has its tree lighting, and the main street is closed to traffic allowing pedestrians and shoppers to leisurely enjoy the downtown, ideally with a hot drink in hand.  That evening, I was able to get a few Christmas gifts purchased while purchasing a few goodies for myself, like the yarn!  They had a raffle that evening, and I was able to put my name in the draw! Imagine my surprise when I received a call the following week, telling me that I won a door prize!  The prize was four balls of Schachenmayr original Merino Extrafine 85 and a pattern to make with the yarn!  I finished the Wrist Warmers in early January and they are soft and grey and they make me happy.

Cabled, cozy wrist warmers
Cabled, cozy wrist warmers

I’ve finally started my Midwinter Cardigan this weekend, how appropriate that I began this aptly named piece in the middle of Winter.  Will stay updated on the status of this piece I’ve been waiting to cast on for months now!