Sunday 14 June 2015

World Wide Knit In Public Day Shenanigans

Image courtesy of Baa Baa Brighouse
Saturday 13th June saw lots of events around the UK to celebrate World Wide Knit In Public Day, or WWKIPDAY. Here are just a snippet of what took place ...

Up in Edinburgh wool lovers enjoyed an indie yarn crawl around the city, getting their 'passport' stamped at participating shops. Ginger Twist Studio, Kathy's Knits and Be Inspired Fibres were the stops on the crawl, along with, I suspect, a few taverns. Raffle prizes, goodies and discounts added to the fun. Also in Scotland Abbot House in Dunfermline joined in with the local library for a yarn bombing session.

Over in Northern Ireland the Belfast Stitch and Bitch Group boarded a bus with their knitting to take a tour of the city, ending up outside City Hall.

Welsh knitters gathered in mid-Glamorgan at Pontypridd Library for a knit and natter session.

On England's south coast the arts and crafts shop Seeded in Southsea was the venue for locals to show off their latest projects. Bath's Fashion Museum brought hosted a WWKIPDAY event. Over in the Isle of Man knitters held their celebrations on Sunday 14th June in Douglas's Sea Terminal.

Down in Devon, The Knit Stop, an Exeter project that established 12 knitting groups across the city, gathered together knitters at St Stephen's church to knit squares to make 60 cushions, with plans to display them on benches on Exeter High Street.

In Lancashire, Thornton Library held free classes for beginners and also invited experienced knitters to show others how it's done. Yorkshire saw Baa Baa Brighouse in Rastrick host a knitting gathering for jointly for WWKIPDAY and to celebrate's the internet shop's first year of trading.

Wool and The Gang yarn bombed Hackney City Farm in London and held a raffle for everyone who joined in. London Craft Club celebrated the day at The Bald Faced Stag pub in North London, lending needles to knitting newbies.

I rather let down the sisterhood by sewing bunting at a friend's hen do rather than knitting. All the bunting we made will be sewn together to be displayed at the reception do - a lovely souvenir for the bride to keep for prosperity and great way to decorate the venue.

My bunting with charms to disguise the not-so-pointy edges
What did you do for WWKIPDAY? Let us know in the comments box below.

Sock Competition Update

Rachel Coopey, sock knitting pattern specialist, is running a WWKIPDAY competition. Upload a pattern of yourself knitting a Rachel Coopey pattern in public and you could win your choice of two of her patterns. See here for details.

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