Monday, June 10, 2013

Knit in Public

Image via The Official WWKIP Facebook page

This past Saturday was World Wide Knit in Pubic day as well as the start of World Wide Knit in Public Week!  Now, I really don't need a day or a week dedicated to knitting in public for me to actually knit in public, since I take my knitting with me everywhere and am willing to whip out the lastest WIP no matter where I am or who's looking.  I'm just hardcore like that.  Well, maybe not that hardcore.  Not like my friend Arika, who was actually spotted knitting at a Metallica concert!  Arika is hard.core.  To the max!

Even though I don't need a dedicated time to knit in public (I like to think of it as a holiday!), it sure is nice to bring more awareness to the non-knitting masses.  Would you believe that some people still think knitting is for grandmas?  Or for those who don't have a social life?  Um...are you kidding me?  I think my social life got better when I started knitting!  I mean, I've got knit nights, knitting dates, pub knit nights, knitting BBQs and potlucks, knit ins...oh yeah, knitting is where it's at, baby!  I also hope that WWKIP will bring some awareness to those who don't knit that knitters CAN multi-task in that we can knit AND listen at the same time!  I've had a few people get super irritated by my knitting because they thought I wasn't able to listen to them and keep up with the conversation in between stitches.  If anything, I think knitting helps with the listening skills...especially if you're knitting stockinette in the round!  Trust me, the things I overhear when I'm knitting in public and people don't think I'm paying attention because of it...wow!  Scandalous!  And yeah...sometimes ruthless!  And believe me, I think I would rather talk to a person knitting away than a person glued to their phone.  Just sayin'...

Anyhoo, did any of you manage to get out with your needles (or hooks!) and enjoy a little knitting time in the sun?  I got in a few stitches on my Happy Street shawl at the playground on Saturday and then snuck in a few rounds of a sock on the putting greens on Sunday.  But don't worry if you couldn't knit a stitch all weekend (after all, it appears to be a growing trend lately of knitters temporarily trading in their sticks and string for needle and thread!)...World Wide Knit in Public Week ends next Sunday June 16th.  So you have plenty of time to either head outside and nab a grassy spot to knit, or to even organize a little knit-in at the park with some knitterly friends!  Fun!  

Leave a comment below and let me know what you were up to this weekend!  Or if you are planning on doing a little knitting in public this week!


♥ Happy Knitting!! ♥

5 comments:

  1. Ooh I didn't know about this last Saturday. I'll have to make sure I get in some public knitting before the week is out. I really want to do a yarn bomb too but I'm a bit of a scaredy cat :)

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    1. Let me know how it goes Kat! :) As for yarn bombing, I know some knitting guilds/clubs do them, maybe you can find out if there's one in your area? Or maybe do just a really small one? Like I've noticed in my city along the shore you can see huge metal rings sticking out from the rocks, a few of those have been covered. Maybe you can do something like that? Don't be scared! It's suppose to be fun! :)

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  2. The brief spurt of hot weather that Toronto had in May had me putting down my knitting needles in favour of my sewing machine but WWKIP week had me pulling the knitting out again! The dreary weather we have been having in June might have had something to do with it... Anyway, I am almost finished the Marin shawl and am getting ready to cast on the new Lovejoy slouch. What could be more useful than a new wool shawl and toque as we head into summer?!? I really should learn to embrace knitting with cotton and linen... Sara

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    1. I have yet to knit with linen and think maybe this summer is the time when I give it a try! I know I've tried embracing cotton before but found it hurt my hands way too much...hopefully you'll have better luck than me? It's so funny how the weather affects our knitting!

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    2. Cotton kills me as well! Not a fan so far! I'm knitting a linen sweater right now and it's not too bad. Still fairly stiff but it's all over lace pattern so maybe that's easier for the plant fibre-based yarns...? Not working so hard to keep a tight, even tension?

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