June 11th to 17th is World Wide Knit in Public Day . Yes, I know. That’s a week, not a day. Apparently you can pick any day in there, you see. Each year since 2005 this day has been held around the world to get knitters together to socialise and share their skills. Knitting is in vogue again, you know, and it can be a community activity.
So my friend has organised for us to get together at a local cafe on Friday. (I know, that’s the 10th – we’re ok with that!) I’m really looking forward to knitting (or maybe crocheting?) and chatting and drinking coffee with friends.
So I’m going to give you some ideas on where you could knit in public – I hope I can inspire you!
- In a cafe or coffee shop like we will
- On the train or bus as you head to work or school
- At the swimming pool while you watch the kids have their lesson (I do this one every week!)
- At Playgroup while the kids play
- In the park while you eat your lunch
- At church on Sunday while you listen to the sermon
- In the movies – multi-tasking in action!
- In the tea room at work while you make a cuppa and take a break
- At ballet class or football practice while you wait for the kids
- Outside school while you wait to pick up the kids – I plan to arrive early deliberately ;o)
So now you have the ideas, go and call your friends! Where else could you get together and knit?
Let me know where you plan to knit.
I’m off to work in about twenty minutes – my knitting is, as always, packed for the train trip.
You must get through lots of projects that way, Lynne!
Fussy Eater's Mum says
This is great! I always think it is amusing to see the reaction of others to a person knitting in public. They look at the knitter not with admiration, but with a curiosity about “how crazy are they”? I dont’ know why this is because each of them would die to have a handmade scarf given to them or warm mittens.
I am going to take my knitting to the local cafe and make some scarves for my darling girls. And I may just invite some friends along too!
Definitely invite the friends – every chance for a little time with the girls!
I can basic crochet, but not knit. I think it sounds like such a great challenge. So good for younger people to ‘do it’ in public. I always feel like a grandmother if anyone sees me crocheting. Feeling confirmed when I’ve been laughed at. Just as well I’ve got thick skin! But once upon a time it was commonplace for women to knit/sew/crochet in public. The cost of consumerism.
Hi Caitlin, I think we have mutual friends and one of them is the organiser of this knitting get-together! I am actually planning to crochet because I really want to keep working on my ripple blanket so you’d be very welcome to join us.
I remember as a kid that there were older ladies in my church who always brought their knitting on a Sunday, but somehow I haven’t got the courage… maybe I need a thicker skin!
Hahaha, I can imagine the strange looks I’d get if I knitted during church.
That sounds like fun! I’m going to knit in public sometime during the next week. That would make a good blog post, actually. Thanks for the idea Crafty Mummy.
Oh, btw, I’m not following you of FB anymore. I’ve completely deleted my account. Was a decision a long time coming. So, that means that this is how I keep in touch now.
Have a fantastic long weekend!!!
Hi, Ky. Glad to give inspiration!
And I totally understand the FB shutdown – it can be such a time waster! I’m ignoring FB games at the moment for that reason
My mom is the knitter in the family and she’s never needed an excuse to knit in public. She always shows up at our house with her knitting bag and she’s waited for many a doctor appointment with me knitting away. She’s gotta knit anywhere and everywhere, cause all those baby sweaters & hats won’t make themselves:)
Crafty Gardener says
I knit when waiting for my van to have the oil changed, when I’m in the waiting room for a medical appointment, in the staff room at break time, while sitting down by the bay enjoying nature. It’s a great way to start a conversation with someone that you might usually never talk to.
during boring meetings , in the waitingroom at the hospital or doctor …
I really want to start knitting in this Catholic church right by my house. (Catholic churches are open 24/7)
Sounds like a plan, Courtney.