ORGANISE A KNITTING IN PUBLIC EVENT

World Wide  Knitting in Public Day is just around the corner and you can find a list of UK Knitting in Public events on the World Wide Knitting in Public Day website.

There are plenty of UK events but if there isn’t one near you, why don’t you get some knitting friends together or mobilise your knitting group to take your needles out and about.

There are no hard and fast rules about celebrating Knitting in Public Day – you could just meet up with other knitters for a coffee and get your knitting out, or you might find somewhere public to offer drop in knitting lessons – but here are some ideas to get you started.

Hope for good weather and have a picnic. This is an easy event to organise: choose a picnic spot, pack your lunch and knitting and meet up with others. Choosing somewhere with a wet weather option is a good plan. In Shetland knitters plan to picnic outside the Textile Museum in Lerwick (or meet in the café if the weather is not so good).

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Knitting in public picnics can be fun and colourful  (images from a previous Stitch London WWKIP Day event)

If you are worried about the weather, take a leaf out of the Bexley Knitters’ book and talk to your local library or arts centre to see if you could have an event in their café or another space. This is also a good plan if you are going to offer to teach beginners.

And finally, “public transport crawls” are popular Knitting in Public activities. Choose a route – the full length of the Blackpool tram would work well – settle in and see what you can make. It is a great way to meet new people and introduce them to knitting. This year a group of Belfast knitters are  planning to knit on the hop-on hop-off tourist bus round the city.
And don’t forget to add your event to the official website so other people can find you.

Don’t be nervous
If you are nervous of knitting in public, don’t be, says UKHKA team member Bronagh Miskelly, a committed public knitter. “I knit anywhere I can have a seat – cafes, waiting rooms and all kinds of public transport from a Blackpool tram to an Indian Ferry” she says. “You do get stared at but mainly because people are interested. People often talk to me and I’ve found myself advising people on knitting problems, telling them where to learn or buy yarn and letting them know about knitting groups.
“Just get your knitting out and enjoy!”

And please post pictures of your knitting in public activities to our Facebook page or on Twitter with the hashtag #WWKIPDay

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BREAK A WORLD RECORD ON KNITTING IN PUBLIC DAY

Worldwide Knitting in Public Day on June 13th is a great opportunity to share your love of yarn and link up with other knitters.

It is the largest annual knitter-run event with activities in 30 countries. At the UK Hand Knitting Association we want to mark the day by encouraging you to help us to complete a knitting world record.

The UKHKA has been working with ICHF Events to create the world’s longest knitted chain – you may have seen eager knitters creating chains at craft shows or even made some yourself. The chain is now close to a mile long and is only 65m short of a new world record.

So why not dig out some scrap yarn, download the pattern and head out Saturday June 13th to show off your skills at a Knitting in Public event (see below) – or just as you are, out and about in a café, library or on the bus. A chain link is also a great project for new knitters, so you might even be able to pass on your skills.

Please send any completed links to UKHKA Links, c/o ICHF, Dominic House, Seaton Road, Highcliffe, Dorset, BH23 5HW.

And please post pictures of your links and knitting in public activities to our Facebook page or on Twitter with the hashtag #WWKIPDay