It’ll Be World Wide KIP (Knit In Public) Day Saturday at Wild Strawberry Festival
Join BTB Advertiser The Yarn Stash at the Wild Strawberry Festival from 2-4pm Saturday for “World Wide Knit In Public Day!
Bring your own project or pick up a new one. They will have some practice supplies on hand so that beginners to experienced can all participate in knitting or crocheting in public.
Need to pick up supplies before hand? The Yarn Stash is having a Sidewalk sale this June 18th & 19th. Stop in to their store at 615 SW 152nd Street (walking distance from the fest) for more details.
How World Wide Knit In Public day Started:
World Wide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes. It began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each otherâ€™s company. Knitting is such a solitary act that itâ€™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 neighbor! Consider this a spark, to ignite a fire; getting all of the closeted knitters out into fresh air.
WWKiP Day is unique, in that it’s the largest knitter run event in the world. Each local event is put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers. They each organize an event because they want to, not because they have to. They bring their own fresh ideas into planning where the event should be held, and what people would like to do. If it weren’t for these volunteer hosts, WWKiP Day would still just be an idea. So when you go to your local event, make sure you thank your host(s) and if you’re inclined, bring along some yummy treats to share.
In the past some people have used this event as a means to show the general public that â€˜not only grannies knit!â€™ and while thatâ€™s great and all, keep in mind that without those â€˜granniesâ€™ we wouldnâ€™t have the wealth of knitting knowledge that we do.
WWKiP Day is really about showing the general public that knitting can be a community activity in a very distinct way. In some places there are many different knitting groups that never interact with each other, on WWKiP Day they come together in one place, making them hard to miss.
2005 there were about 25 local events around the world. In 2006 there were about 70 local events. 2007 there were almost 200. In 2008 there were 800 events, and in 2009 there were 751.
Over the years there have been local events in Australia, China, England, Finland, France, Ireland, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, United Statesâ€¦ and so many more countries.
WWKiP Day takes now takes place from the second Saturday to the third Sunday of June each year; making it a week long celebration of knitting and other fiber arts.
More info on WWKiP Day is available here: www.wwkipday.com.
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