Public knitting

If you’re going about your business this weekend and notice a lot of people sitting around knitting despite soaring summer temperatures, don’t assume they’re crazy. Saturday June 9 is the start of Worldwide Knit in Public Day, which apparently lasts a solid week this year. Crocheters are welcomed to participate, too.

While there are organized events around the world, all you really need to do to mark the occasion is let strangers see you knit. That’s simple enough.

I’m such a naughty knitter – I probably won’t even be knitting this weekend. I don’t have anything on the needles right now because I’m trying to get over a recent bout of eczema on my hands. (First bad one in a couple of years, so I can’t complain.) Trust me when I say yarn and eczema are not a good combination. If my hands are markedly better by Saturday I might try to knock out a dishcloth or some other quick little cotton piece.

Have you ever dared to knit in public? Will you be celebrating WWKIPD – if so, what are you working on?

If you’re curious about the origins of WWKIPD, click here .


About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on June 8, 2012, in Creativity, heat, Knitting, summer and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I knit socks when I’m travelling by train… people are usually fascinated especially if the yarn is interesting (one of the Regia patterned yarns for example), but currently I’m knitting snails and worms.I’m not travelling this weekend, but may be inspired to go and find somewhere public… (not outdoors though, it’s pouring down and windy here in the UK)

    • Paula Hendrickson

      Aren’t patterned and self-striping yarns fun? I love the surprise of seeing the pattern develop. But I suppose patterned yarns don’t work too well for those cute snails.

      Wish it were windy and rainy here. We’re due for heat and humidity – not great knitting weather.

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