The UK Hand Knitting team are big fans of knitting in public. Wherever we are, if there is a chance for a sit down (or even a wall to lean on), it is likely a project or two will appear – and we are really happy to chat to people about what we’re doing. So we are really looking forward to the annual Worldwide Knit in Public Day on Saturday 9 June.
This celebration of yarn craft and community was started in 2005 as a way to encourage knitters (and crocheters) to come together and enjoy each other’s company.
The organisers say: “Knitting is such a solitary act that it’s easy to knit alone somewhere and sink into your work without thinking about all the other knitters out there. Neighbors could spend all their lives never knowing that the other knits. This a specific day to get out of your house and go to a local event (with your knitting in tow) just for you and people like you. Who knows you might even bump into your neighbour.”
In that first year there were around 25 events worldwide, this year there are more than that in the UK alone with hundreds of get togethers planned world wide. Click here to find organised events from Inverness to Heligan in Cornwall.
All of the listed public events will be welcoming and offer a lovely opportunity to meet other knitters and make new friends. But you don’t have to go to an organised event to be part of the day. Go to the park or a cafe with a knitting or crocheting friend or two or encourage your local knitting group to have a picnic. If, like one of our team, you will be spending a chunk of the day on trains make sure you have an interesting project with you to work on proudly as you travel.